Fox Theatre

1st Street & Randolph Street,
Napa, CA 94559

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VBC
VBC on September 20, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Hi Andrew, You may want to check the Napa Seventh Day Adventist Church. This article from their 140th anniversary seems to be saying the church organ in their current building is from the former downtown Napa Fox theater: http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/weekend-festivities-to-honor-adventists-years-in-napa/article_3966ae06-35cd-11e3-841f-001a4bcf887a.html But in a video showing their organ, it appears to have 3 manuals? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFHWb3Kkwqg I attend Valley Bible Chapel, which worships in the Seventh Day Adventist church’s original building downtown. We do have a Leathurby-Smith two-manual organ, but it sounds like from the Seventh Day Adventist church’s website history page that the organ in our building was bought new if I’m interpreting it correctly: http://www.napasdachurch.com/article/228/about-us/history If there is a chance the organ we have is the one you are looking for, I can provide more info. Unfortunately, the pipes were damaged in the Napa quake on Aug. 24, 2014, so it is not functioning right now.

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on April 24, 2014 at 5:55 pm

According to the “Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ” pg. 628, the Hippodrome (Fox) Theatre in Napa, California had a two manual, 11 rank Smith theatre pipe organ installed in 1923. No other details are given in the book.

Does anybody know what happened to this organ?

GaryMeyer
GaryMeyer on February 22, 2012 at 1:55 am

What happened to the historic picture that was here? I don’t know if this is the correct corner as I think McCalou’s Department Store is where the Fox was.

This recent article in the Napa Register has some mistakes (like claiming the Fox becoming a bowling alley when it was actually the State per above and my own memory). But there are theaters mentioned here I never knew about. http://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/real-napa/columnists/rebecca-yerger/napa-s-old-movie-houses/article_565a63e6-4faa-11e1-a1f0-001871e3ce6c.html?mode=story

LBorg
LBorg on February 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm

My Uncle Lawrence Borg was an owner of the Fox.

In 1933 Uncle Lawrence became half owner of the Fox and State Theatres leases and business in Napa, Calfornia, and in 1935 Sole owner. In 1936 he built and began operation of the Uptown Theatre in Napa http://www.uptowntheatrenapa.com/history/ and in 1938 converted the State Theatre into the Napa Bowl, a bowling alley, which he operated for a year. He sold the Uptown, Fox and State leases to the Blumfield Theatres, San Francisco. He also built the Santa Rosa, California Bowling Alley in 1938 and operated it until 1940 when it was sold.

rkoch
rkoch on May 1, 2006 at 9:25 am

This picture and the Fox theatre listed in cinema treasures are one and the same in Napa. It was the Hippodrome and then the Fox

rkoch
rkoch on April 4, 2006 at 8:39 am

This theatre was many miles from Fresno. You cant look up Fresno St[Ave] and see foothills as you do here looking east up first st.

rkoch
rkoch on April 3, 2006 at 8:34 am

This is the Hippodrome[later Fox]theatre in Napa Ca. It was at the corner of First and Randolph St. It was bought by Sam Gordon of Napa about the time of Fox`s financial troubles in 1933-4 and was operated after that time by Lawrence Borg who built the Uptown Theatre in 1937. The pictured theatre was razed sometime around the late fifties[my guess]