Telenews Theatre

1906 Broadway,
Oakland, CA 94612

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 6, 2018 at 10:05 pm

Interesting that the marquee of the Fox Newsreel in Oakland was so similar to the marquee on the Los Angeles newsreel house that later was also renamed the Globe Theatre. Both featured a globe, which probably suggested the new name after the houses were switched to regular movies. I wonder if there were other Fox newsreel houses that featured globes on their marquees?

rivest266 on August 6, 2018 at 9:37 pm

Renamed Globe on April 16th, 1954. Grand opening ad in photo section.

rivest266 on August 4, 2018 at 10:34 pm

April 30th, 1943 reopening as Telenews ad in the photo section.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 15, 2017 at 4:10 am

The May 1, 1954, issue of Boxoffice ran a brief item noting that the Oakland Telenews Theatre had been renamed the Globe Theatre, reflecting its change from a newsreel house to feature films, which had taken place in December, 1953. The theater was still owned and operated by Telemanagement, the company that operated the Telenews circuit.

kencmcintyre on September 22, 2008 at 5:24 am

Here is a March 1950 ad from the Oakland Tribune:

larrygoldsmith on March 17, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Joe, Your above story is very interesting. I worked for that chain for so many years, but had never known Fox was into that type of exhibtion. Just of course his beautiful palaces he either had built or bought from other exhibitors. I do remember being in SF one time with my uncle and we were on Market St., we were in the area of the old Telenews Theatre and I insisted on going in there. So he bought the tickets and went inside. After about 5 minutes I was bored and wanted to leave. I remember it being a small theatre and sort of dumpy. Needless to say I never asked to go there again. ( I was probably abour 10 years old then!).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 17, 2008 at 6:48 am

William Fox established what was probably the first Newsreel theatre in the U.S. in 1929, when he converted the Embassy Theatre in Times Square to an all-newsreel operation. The Fox company closed the house in December, 1933, and it was re-opened in 1934 by Newsreel Theatres, Inc., a company founded by two former employees of Fox’s Movietone News division.

While Fox and his partners had planned to open a nationwide chain of newsreel houses following the success of the Embassy, I don’t know that this ever happened. The depression hit, and not long after that William Fox lost control of the company. Fox Movietone News, though, continued to be a major supplier of footage to the companies such as Telenews that did operate specialized newsreel houses. This Cinema Treasures page is the only place I’ve ever heard of the Oaland Telenews having been called the Fox News Theatre.

The Telenews chain opened its first theatre, the San Francisco Telenews, in September, 1939. Telenews ran footage from the newsreels of all the five major companies, but they were cut together and supplemented with local footage by the managers of the individual theatres. An article about the Telenews company was published in a scholarly journal a couple of years ago, but I’ve never read it as you need a subscription to do so.

However, an interesting bit of background dug up by the Dallas Historical Society for one of the authors of the article can be read online right here.

larrygoldsmith on March 17, 2008 at 4:05 am

I doubt this theatre was ever operated by the Fox West Coast chain of theatres.This type of operation was not their style.

kencmcintyre on September 17, 2007 at 3:03 pm

Here is a 1950 ad from the Oakland Tribune:

kencmcintyre on October 29, 2005 at 1:49 am

There was also a Telenews Theater in San Francisco, as seen in this photo from the SF Public Library website:

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gsmurph on September 19, 2005 at 6:40 pm

The Telenews was an annex of a fairly grand (older, I believe) office building on Broadway and 19th Street which (though the theater itself is long since demolished) still stands, though vacant for quite some time.

MADDRICK on April 30, 2005 at 9:26 am

Telenews Theatre had a broadcast booth in the lobby where John K. Chappel would do his news radio broadcast.

gsmurph on April 20, 2005 at 6:56 pm

The Telenews operated as the Globe from 1954 to 1956.

gsmurph on June 10, 2004 at 5:16 pm

The Fox News opened July 8, 1942. It had a broadcasting studio in the downstairs lounge from which vital news programs with topics of the day were broadcast.

Noted news analyst William Winter was the star guest at the opening, interviewing the newsreel cameramen who covered the war fronts.

gsmurph on June 9, 2004 at 10:42 am

S. Charles Lee was the architect of one such renovation of this theater.

William on December 3, 2003 at 4:11 pm

This Theatre was also known as the Globe and the Fox News.