Fox Skyline Theater

Skyline Boulevard and Sharp Park Road,
San Bruno, CA 94066

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Fox Skyline Theater

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This was a theater that operated roughly 1966-1980 in a shopping center that existed during through 1984 at the intersection of Sharp Park Road and Skyline Boulevard. The theater played first run movies through the 1970’s, then began showing B-films such as “Pom Pom Girls” and “The Van” during the late-1970’s. Also had midnite movies…“Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “The Grateful Dead Movie” and “The Song Remains the Same”.

The theater closed and building had a fire in the early-1980’s. The entire shopping center was demolished for an apartment complex.

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larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on July 24, 2010 at 9:38 pm

The Fox Skyline was fully union,(including floor staff)until Mann Theatres leased it out to an independant in 1975. It went downhill from that time on, to the day it closed for good. It was a very nice theatre while operating under National General/Mann Theatres. And yes, we had Peerless Projection with carbon arc lamps.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 24, 2010 at 9:48 pm

And you knew what change over was. These high school projectionists today would not be able to run a carbon-arc lamp.So glad we had union projectionists in the theatres i worked.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on July 24, 2010 at 10:01 pm

You’re right, and they would not know a change-over cue or curtain cue if it splashed the entire screen. I never ran a booth, just managed. Lynn Adams was our regular projectionist when I was there.You could'nt have asked for better, he was tops.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 24, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Yeah,I was in management with ABC,PLitt and GCC.My last year with GCC they were making hints that they wanted the Union guys to start the last show of the night and then have the managers secure the booth. Glad I got out in 1983.I could see what was coming,and i wanted no part of running a booth and a theatre too, I was always lucky to have a “LYNN” in all my booths.Really can’t recall any problems with the Union guys in Augusta or Athens Georgia.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on July 24, 2010 at 10:45 pm

That’s because they were usually older and very professional, even though they had a tight union. I never had any problems with the operators or union. California unions back then ran a tight ship, but were also willing to listen to management. Now everything is ran ship-shod.

daladams
daladams on September 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm

It was Lin (for Lindsey) Adams. He was my father and a projectionist for over 40 years. Unless changed after he left, the Fox Skyline had Century heads and Strong carbon arc lamps.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on September 11, 2010 at 12:29 am

DON ADAMS,

What a surprise! And how I remember you! Email me direct at lifeoflarry@aol .com

jcobc
jcobc on June 21, 2011 at 1:50 am

During 1977 & ‘78, I ran the projectors (yes, they were carbon arc), picked the film cans up at the docks, spliced the reels…all at age 15. Our manager (Betty) was barely in her 20’s. When she left, her replacement (John) was a 21 year old with no theater experience. Occasionally, our paychecks wouldn’t clear the bank. Our biggest crowds came for the midnight showings of 'The Song Remains The Same’ and ‘Pink Floyd’. ‘Rocky Horror’ played at the Serramonte Six, not the Skyline.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on September 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Theatre location was actually Skyline Blvd at Sharp Park Rd.

Jemimah63
Jemimah63 on June 6, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I remember when this place opened…..So much nicer than the SeaVue….and after the movie, you could go to Thrifty Drugs in another part of the shopping center and get nickel ice cream cones.

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