Pomona Fox Theater
114 W. Third Street,
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The Fox Theater in Pomona, California was opened by Fox West Coast Theatres on April 23, 1931 with Spencer Tracy in “6 Cylinder Love”. The auditorium seated 1,751 in orchestra and balcony levels.
Mann Theatres ceased showing regular movies at the Fox Theatre in 1976. It then operated as a Spanish-language movie theatre, before closing in the late-1980’s. It then began use as a concert venue. A 1990’s rave promoter painted over many of the original murals, stripped the theatre of most of its elegant fixtures and demolished its 1938 concession counter. After two teenagers died while attending rave parties at the theatre in 1999, the city stepped in, closing the theatre and purchased the building. As the theatre was still in danger, a ‘Save the Fox’ campaign of local citizens banded together. In 2007, local developers who specialize in renovating historic buildings bought the theatre from the city for $1.6 million and spent $10 million to restore the former movie palace. The Fox Theatre was totally renovated to be a ‘state of the art’ venue, with a restoration or replication of all historic features such as the tower sign, marquee, murals, and seats.
The Fox Theatre reopened with a April 18, 2009 gala fundraising dinner and ball, with actress Carol Channing as a special guest and many people appearing in 1930’s period dress. The Fox Theatre now hosts concerts, films and other events.
The Fox Theater was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
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