Fonda Theatre

6126 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Opened as the Carter DeHaven Music Box Theatre on 20th October 1926, 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.

Before being renamed as the Henry Fonda Theatre, it went over to screening movies and was re-named the Fox Theatre (not to be confused with the Fox Theatre at Hollywood Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue, which was the old Iris Theatre) and then the Pix Theatre.

When the theatre was still known as the Pix Theatre, it had a really nice neon marquee. 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

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DonSolosan
DonSolosan on November 2, 2010 at 12:16 am

Here’s our Insider’s Peek of the Music Box.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P96-4Aud_c4

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on November 13, 2010 at 11:16 pm

You’re fast, Hollywood — I just got home from the event! Great pictures, by the way.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on July 6, 2011 at 9:26 am

Of course, the theater was originally named for the father of movie star Gloria De Haven. Does anyone know if she’s active in the preservation/restoration plans?

Bill H
Bill H on October 21, 2011 at 3:05 am

Today this theater first opened its doors for business 85 years ago in 1926 !!

MJuggler
MJuggler on January 6, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Just read that it is closed! http://blogs.kcrw.com/musicnews/2012/01/rip-music-box-for-good/

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on January 7, 2012 at 6:12 am

MJuggler, that really stinks!

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on January 7, 2012 at 7:36 am

The closure was the end result of a legal dispute between the property owners and the theatre’s, now former, operator; naturally, each side has a different take on the scenario. However, the property owners are actively seeking a new operator and are committed to reopening as soon as possible. This is NOT a case of a site which doesn’t make money and there are no plans to operate it as anything other than a live theatre.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on January 9, 2012 at 4:55 am

Thanks for that good-news update, CTCrouch!

johngleeson
johngleeson on April 15, 2012 at 10:31 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 5:28 pm

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/

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