Center Stage Theatre

8463 Sierra Avenue,
Fontana, CA 92324-1630

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Dramatrauma on March 2, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I saw a performance of “5 Guys Named Mo” at teh Fontana in 2008. The interior color palette is…eyecatching. Its a nicely intimate viewing space but I think for performance the stage has been built shallow, tho that could just be the designs of this shows set.

It was a well staged,wonderfully performed show. The dinner was quite good (if pricey) and while adding (?) a kitchen seems to have made the lobby oddly shaped they made good use of both. Sadly, the 2/3 empty audience my BF and I saw that night was typical of teh run ,according to the performers, and the foot chase and arrest by police of a couple guys in the parking lot as we left says a lot about the neighbrohood. Press at the time indicated that the city of Fontana was hoping to make the theater part of a downtown revival; bringing money and jobs to local businesses and residents by drawing audiences from teh suburbs. I hope some of that has happened for the sake of the theater and the city of Fontana.

A wise choice by management since then (Im on teh emailing list) has been to offer performances with a no meal option for a lower price as well as making teh space available to the community at large (schools, community theater groups etc).

I didnt get pics of the interior but heres a few showing the freestanding sign, the very cool exterior and a couple shots of teh lobby.
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monika on January 17, 2009 at 11:29 am

Two photos from 1/2009 of the Fontana can be seen on my Flickr page:
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philbertgray on July 21, 2008 at 1:01 pm

The Fontana will officially open this weekend as a dinner/live performance theatre. The original art deco interior has been replaced by what could easily be called a Las Vegas show bar. The auditorium has been painted in garrish hot pink and purple colors. What might be left over wall artifacts from the original interior are hardly recognizable. Seating has been replaced by large dining tables. A sad end to this theatre.

kencmcintyre on October 15, 2007 at 12:46 pm

Thanks. It should show up later today.

kencmcintyre on October 15, 2007 at 8:51 am

I’m going to add it. Can you post that on the page after it comes up?

kencmcintyre on October 15, 2007 at 7:32 am

This 1957 LA Times ad mentions a Belair Drive-In at the corner of Valley Blvd and Fontana. I’m not sure if they are referring to a Fontana Street or the city of Fontana. If anyone has heard of this drive-in, let me know:

CasadelaNuevo on May 5, 2006 at 5:24 pm

The Fontana Mummers no longer reside at this location. They are currently performing at “Casa de la Nuevo” on the corner of Spring Street & Nuevo Avenue across from the Fontana Water Co. The address is: 8443 Nuevo Ave. Fontana, Ca. 92335.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 15, 2004 at 7:08 am

The seating capacity of the Fontana Theatre was 750, all on one floor.

It opened in July 1937 with the movie “Easy Living” starring Jean Arthur and Edward Arnold. The Fontana was leased for the first 12 years of its life to Glenn Harper of Corona,‘one of the best known theatrical men in the Southland’.