Fonda Theatre

6126 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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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/

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.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on January 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Thanks for that good-news update, CTCrouch!

CTCrouch
CTCrouch on January 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm

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 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm

MJuggler, that really stinks!

MJuggler
MJuggler on January 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm

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

Bill H
Bill H on October 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm

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

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on July 6, 2011 at 1:26 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?

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on November 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm

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

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on November 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm

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

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

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on October 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm

They’ve dropped Henry Fonda from the marquee and name. It’s just The Music Box now.

As for restoring the theater, they’ve done quite a bit of work in the past year. Thaddeus Smith gave us a tour the other day and pointed out several areas where they had uncovered the original stencils, lobby ceiling, the “speakeasy,” etc., and in a few places they have preserved these as they are so people can see the history. Other changes they have made are easily reversible. The best of adaptive reuse.

The LAHTF will be presenting an All About on November 13th, 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to this event. We are also trying to arrange to go into the old Hawaii a block to the east (this is now a Salvation Army church).

The good news is that they’re very busy (36 events booked in October alone; 81 for the next 3 months), which will make it easier for them to preserve the building.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on October 24, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Bruce, we get that you’re disappointed about the neon. You don’t have to post the same message every year!

William
William on July 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Here is the new link to their site.

http://www.tmbhollywood.com/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 28, 2010 at 11:28 am

The original facade is still there, hidden away. A couple of years ago I was speaking to the current operators, who were hoping to restore the theatre back to its original appearance. Sadly, that hasn’t happened yet……

vokoban
vokoban on July 28, 2010 at 11:23 am

I wonder if the original facade of the building is buried somewhere under the current facade.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on July 28, 2010 at 11:17 am

The Pix was the better marquee. Im dissapointed that they didn’t use Neon on the Vertcal instead of tacky plastic. brucec

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Very nice marquee shot.

vokoban
vokoban on July 4, 2010 at 10:17 am

There is a great photo of the theater as the Pix here: View link

richjr37
richjr37 on June 22, 2010 at 7:27 am

This theatre can be seen during the “Lights and the Smiles” number in the movie “The First Nudie Musical”.(originally released by Paramount in 1975,rereleased by World-Northal in ‘77)

“The Reincarnation of Peter Proud” is the movie on the marquee.

hollywoodtheatres
hollywoodtheatres on April 6, 2010 at 11:27 am

DOCUMENTARY ON CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD CINEMAS – Lookn for interviewees, photos, videos of old hollywood

Hello,

I’m and independent filmmaker working on a documentary about old movie theatres in hollywood (Iris, Warner, Pacific, Hollywood, Vogue, Grauman’s Chinese, Egyptian etc..) that have had an impact on the hollywood community, both as a symbol of Hollywood as well as the historical and heritage effects it has had on “hollywood” as an industry. We are profiling theatres that are currently functioning as well as the obsolete. If you worked in these theatres back in the day (during their highlights) and have interesting stories to tell, photos to show, video to talk about I would like to hear from you. Many older movie houses are being demolished due to new developments and it is important to help future generation know and understand how these movie palaces have helped shaped the Hollywood we know today. If you have any photos or videos with personal stories you’d like to share, please contact me (323) 876-0975 – – You must owns the materials you are willing to share (taken the picture- recorded the videos, written the letters, etc…)

If you do have materials you’d like to send that may help in accurate information, you are welcome to send it to me.

Jorge Ameer
Classic Hollywood Cinemas
Box 3204
Hollywood, California 90028

View link

raybradley
raybradley on July 28, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Early day LIFE image when still known as Music Box,
View link

Bway
Bway on April 30, 2009 at 10:25 am

Aside from the marquee a little different and the name, it doesn’t look too much different today.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 3, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Here is an item from Boxoffice magazine, September 1946:

LOS ANGELES-Simultaneous with the new season’s product announcement by Universal-International, the Fox West Coast has perfected details of its realignment of first-run houses here so as to furnish an established local showcase outlet for the output of the newly formed production company.

Effective about September 20, U-I films will be booked on a first-run, day-date basis at the Guild, United Artists, Ritz, Iris and Studio City theaters. The latter two houses heretofore have been subsequent-run outlets and are being redecorated and refurbished to become members of the first-string lineup.

At about the same time, a fourth showcase, the Loyola, will be added to the Chinese, State and Uptown, with the four houses to book 20th Century Fox product.

haineshisway
haineshisway on June 12, 2008 at 10:22 pm

I happened to be at a memorial service at the Pix, uh, the Music Box at the Henry Fonda this evening. It actually sort of turned my stomach to be in a theater with no seats. I saw a lot of movies at the Pix, probably starting in the mid-60s all the way through when it went Spanish. When it was turned back into a legit theater, its original proscenium, which is fairly small, was used. It took me a few minutes of staring and nosing around to figure out things – clearly the original proscenium was not used when the theater converted to widescreen. What they did, in fact, was put a new screen, masking, and curtains in FRONT of the old proscenium, completely covering it from view. That gave them a pretty good sized scope screen, and I’m sure the Cinemiracle screen was installed that way, too. I saw Cat Ballou there, a sneak preview of Woman Of Straw, Torn Curtain, Jaws and many others. As I said in a post above, if you want to see that glorious Pix marquee in all its nighttime glory, simply rent or purchase the DVD of The First Nudie Musical and watch The Lights And The Smiles musical number. I directed the film and we shot it all over 1975 Hollywood Blvd. Great shots of the Hollywood Theater and the Pix and the rest of the boulevard.