Pomona Fox Theater

114 W. Third Street,
Pomona, CA 91766

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on April 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm

This theater was frequently used by the movie industry during the golden age of Hollywood for sneak previews and test screenings as it was far enough away from Hollywood to provide a more accurate barometer in terms of audience reaction to films prior to release. This fact is inherent Joe Gillis’s line in “Sunset Boulevard” when he says to Norma Desmond, with regard to her planned comeback film about Salome, “They’ll love it in Pomona”.

JohnClifford
JohnClifford on August 30, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Oh, and Jay Alan Sanford’s photos of the scale model are from the Garden Railroad at Fairplex and can be seen during the LA County Fair coming up in a week. Note that it is a reversed version of the real theater.

JohnClifford
JohnClifford on August 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm

The Friends of the Pomona Fox organization is committed to presenting interesting community programming at a low cost and to allow the community to see this fabulously restored theater. We offer tours (by appointment) as well as a series of regular screenings and programs. On August 28 we presented Rebel Without A Cause, and on September 25 we will be presenting the documentary, Chicano Rock!

Our web site is http://www.pomonafox.org. Visit us for more information on the theater and our programs.

JAlex
JAlex on August 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm

A couple of stage dimensions: Proscenium—45 feet; Depth—20 feet.

monika
monika on May 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

The Google car needs to hit downtown Pomona again now that the theatre is renovated and its marquee so beautiful!

monika
monika on April 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm

The Fox Pomona can be seen in the “Goodbye, Michael” episode of “The Office”, which aired on 4/28/11.

JayAllenSanford
JayAllenSanford on January 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Here are two photos I came across on Facebook showing a scale model version of the Pomona Fox — View link

View link

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 19, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Great to see that. The Fox looked like it was doomed a couple of years ago. I hope to get out there for an event soon.

monika
monika on August 19, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Here is a photo of the marquee I took last night: View link

The sound and lighting was amazing last night. The theatre has been wonderfully updated for live events, and the interior nicely restored. This theatre is an excellent example of a movie palace that could have been easily left for dead but instead repurposed and given an opportunity to shine, and shine it does.

jeffdonaldson
jeffdonaldson on April 26, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Nice article and three pictures of the Pomona Fox today for those who have access to the Los Angeles Times. latimes.com

Robert Allen
Robert Allen on April 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

An outstanding job of restoration has been done on the Fox. After graduating from Pomona High School in ‘50 I served my apprenticeship as a union projectionist at the Fox. My father was the projectionist at the UA (formerly the California) and I was assigned to work the State. I also worked the Sunkist (Garey near Holt). Those three are now gone (the UA is a Mexican church). Pomona was a beautiful town. I hope the Fox restoration is the beginning of a downtown restoration. I left Pomona in the mid-'50s. I have classmates there still that tell me I don’t want to return to Pomona as it is now the crime capitol of east LA county.

mjelderman
mjelderman on April 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm

My photos of the opening night at the Pomona Fox theater are online now if you’d like to take a look. Go to www.mjeldermanphoto.ifp3.com, click on “Gallery” and scroll down to “Fox Pomona Opening Night.” You can also see some early construction photos by going down the list further to “Pomona Fox.”

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 26, 2009 at 11:47 am

This story was in the LA Times today:
http://tinyurl.com/cdrtrv

mjelderman
mjelderman on March 25, 2009 at 6:42 pm

I have been documenting both the Riverside Fox Theater and the Pomona Fox. The Riverside Theater will be showcased in a book, scheduled for publication in November, 2009, entitled “Riverside’s Fox Theater: The Heritage Continues”. This will be two months before the theater officially opens on January 22, 2010 (my latest info). The Pomona work will, I hope, be featured at the Theater’s opening in April, and in a gallery showing sometime this Spring or Summer in Pomona.

I am planning to mount a blog about both theaters (but primarily the Riverside Fox), and when that happens — I hope within a couple of weeks — I will announce on this site.

Michael J. Elderman/

mjelderman
mjelderman on March 25, 2009 at 6:41 pm

I have been documenting both the Riverside Fox Theater and the Pomona Fox. The Riverside Theater will be showcased in a book, scheduled for publication in November, 2009, entitled “Riverside’s Fox Theater: The Heritage Continues”. This will be two months before the theater officially opens on January 22, 2010 (my latest info). The Pomona work will, I hope, be featured at the Theater’s opening in April, and in a gallery showing sometime this Spring or Summer in Pomona.

I am planning to mount a blog about both theaters (but primarily the Riverside Fox), and when that happens — I hope within a couple of weeks — I will announce on this site.

Michael J. Elderman/

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 27, 2009 at 9:19 am

Here is a February 17 article from the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:
http://tinyurl.com/ahfrcb

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 27, 2009 at 9:12 am

Great news. Hopefully I can get out there to see what they’ve done.

spectrum
spectrum on February 10, 2009 at 11:41 am

According to their website, the grand re-opening of the Pomona Fox is set for April 5, 2009!