Fox Stadium Theatre

8906 W. Pico Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90035

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OCRon on October 3, 2015 at 1:14 pm

The Fox Stadium may have closed on September 6, 1961, which was the last day it appeared under the Fox West Coast Theatres banner in the Los Angeles Times. The Devil at 4 O’Clock began an exclusive five-week run at the Stanley Warner, Beverly Hills on October 20. I have been able to trace the B'Nai David Congregation occupancy of the theater back to at least March 14, 1965.

haineshisway on October 2, 2015 at 1:32 am

I’ve always thought the theater closed in 1960 but my memory is pretty infallible about where I saw things, and I could swear that I saw The Devil at 4 O'Clock at the Stadium – that film came out in October of 1961. Wish there were some way to check it, but my newspaper stuff starts in late 1961 and it’s gone by then. I do have a 1960 newspaper somewhere and I’ll try to find it. I’m just wondering if I didn’t see Devil at 4 O'Clock there where I would have seen it?

haineshisway on September 7, 2013 at 11:23 pm

It closed sometime in 1960. I was there at the final show.

Lee on November 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm

When did this close as a movie theatre?

TLSLOEWS on April 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Very Nice photos.

kencmcintyre on September 23, 2008 at 6:28 pm

“The Model and the Marriage Broker”. Nancy Kulp’s first film role. She was Jane Hathaway on the Beverly Hillbillies.

haineshisway on September 23, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Main feature is Distant Drums with Gary Cooper – can’t quite make out the second feature, although one of the words looks like “marriage”. That means the photo is circa 1951

kencmcintyre on September 23, 2008 at 6:08 pm

I didn’t know about the retail in the front. Interesting.

haineshisway on September 23, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Here’s an early 50s shot of the Stadium, looking west on Pico. My favorite neighborhood theater. I’ve also uploaded photos of the Lido, the Bruin, the Wiltern, and the Vogue all from the 50s and 60s.

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William on March 7, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Yes, those were the other ones that were the pre-fab design with the Crest Theatre in Long Beach being the first one tobe built.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 7, 2008 at 4:30 pm

The Stadium is the only pre-war Los Angeles area Fox house with a stadium section that I can recall, but I remember a few more that were built in the 1940s, including the Culver, the Loyola, the Fox in Inglewood, and the Crest in Long Beach. I think there were others, but my memory refuses to jog.

William on March 7, 2008 at 4:22 pm

At one time the Fox Wilshire had nice Deluxe loge seats like that too. Select Fox houses had nice loge type seats. (Criterion SM, Mesa LA, those are the ones I remember seeing pictures of)

unihikid on March 7, 2008 at 4:12 pm

man thoese seats look super comfy.i wonder if they are still there.

kencmcintyre on March 7, 2008 at 3:32 pm

The Speedway is now the site of the Beverly Wilshire hotel.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 7, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Beverly Hills Speedway, west of Rodeo, south of Wilshire, had the only large stadium in the area that I know of. That photo is ca.1920, and the place lasted until 1924 when increasing value of the land in the area led the the track’s operators to move to a cheaper location near Culver City. They probably made a bundle subdividing the land. Here’s an aerial view, about 1921.

William on March 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Only a few theatres had that type of auditorium design in Los Angeles area. This is the only Fox house that I remember with this design. The El Miro Theatre in Santa Monica and I think the Rialto Theatre on Broadway in Downtown.

stevebob on March 7, 2008 at 2:00 pm

I was never even aware of this former theater during the time I was living in Los Angeles — nor of any stadium in the vicinity for which it might have been named.

Does anyone know the origin of the name? Interestingly enough, the theater’s auditorium is an early example of “stadium” seating (i.e., a steeply raked faux balcony section behind the main orchestra level). But that’s just a coincidence — isn’t it?

haineshisway on February 12, 2006 at 7:38 pm

Great pix! The Stadium was my favorite childhood movie theater, and it plays a huge role in a fictional trilogy of books I wrote about my childhood growing up in that neighborhood in the late 50s. I spent the most time there, as they had the best Cinemascope screen and stereo sound – I saw everything there – 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Carousel, The King and I, The Searchers, Village of the Damned, The Time Machine, The Last Voyage, Daddy Long Legs, The Naked Edge (one of the last films to play there), North By Northwest and on and on and on. A fabulous theater. When it was turned into a synagogue I was so upset that I stopped going to Temple and have not been inside a Temple since. Funny, huh?

kencmcintyre on January 14, 2006 at 1:33 pm

Here are some more contemporary photos from Cinematour: