Fonda Theatre

6126 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Music Box Theatre

Opened as the Carter DeHaven Music Box Theatre on October 18, 1926 with the revue “Carter De Haven’s Fancies” featuring a cast of 90 which included 30 specialities. The theatre also had a rooftop theatre, which during Prohibition soon became a ‘speakeasy’. This theatre went through several owners and corresponding name changes. It became a radio studio theatre in 1936, then returned to legitimate theatre use as the Music Box Theatre in the early-1940’s.

On November 26, 1944 it was renamed Pix Theatre and went over to screening movies. It was renamed Guild Theatre on February 1, 1945. On May 25, 1954 it was re-named the New Fox Theatre (not to be confused with the Fox Theatre at Hollywood Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue, which was the old Iris Theatre). On September 30, 1959 it was renamed Pix Hollywood Theatre. The Pix Hollywood Theatre had a really nice neon marquee and it was renamed Pix Theatre on November 19, 1969. The Pix Theatre was the movie house that premiered “Jaws” on Hollywood Boulevard in 1975. A year later they showed “Rocky”. Not a very large theatre but it showed many blockbuster’s in the 1970’s before becoming a live venue named the Heny Fonda Theatre.

In recent years it has come under new management (leased from the Nederlander Organisation) and presents concerts, live performances and special events and was known as the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre.

In 2007, a restoration was begun to bring it back to its 1926 appearance, and it was renamed The Music Box @ Fonda. In 2010, it reverted back to its original Music Box Theatre name. It was closed suddenly in early-January 2012, but by April 2014 has since re-opened as the Fonda Theatre.

Contributed by William Gabel, B Erickson

Recent comments (view all 95 comments)

johngleeson
johngleeson on April 15, 2012 at 2:31 am

I saw The War Wagon at the Pix. The walls were covered with maroon drapes and the screen seemed bigger than would fit on the stage – possibly it was constructed forward of the proscenium.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 25, 2014 at 9:28 am

The Fonda Theatre status should be changed to Open. It is a live music venue and available for private events. Website below.

http://www.fondatheatre.com/

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 24, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Jeff Lynne’s ELO, 11/23/15 photo added, photo credit Matthew Schulz.

moviebear1
moviebear1 on July 25, 2017 at 9:37 pm

I am still amazed that it was called the FOX for 2 years before becoming the PIX and yet there are no photos of the marquee from it’s FOX years. Anyone out there have some pictues?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 9, 2019 at 8:18 am

1978 Firestone Super Stones print ad added, tied into “Grease” at the Pix Theatre.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 29, 2019 at 9:25 am

Reopened as Pix on November 26th, 1944.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 19, 2019 at 12:23 pm

and opened again as Guild on February 1st, 1945. Another ad posted.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 21, 2019 at 2:03 pm

Also uploaded the May 25th, 1954 grand opening ad as New Fox and the September 30th, 1959 grand opening ad as the Pix.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 29, 2019 at 2:50 pm

The Pix held a reopening on November 19th, 1969 with a street parade from the Cinerama Dome with 200 skydivers diving from a plane at 5500 feet up. Another ad posted.

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