Fox Theatre

514 Center Street,
Taft, CA 93268

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Kent_C on November 1, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Correct number of seats: 729

Correct phone number: 661 765-7469

Correct web site:

Kent_C on November 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to covert to digital projection

Digital Conversion is completed

Kent on February 27, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Opening weekend went well. There are some photos in this issue of the Taft Independent

Senorsock on February 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

Reopening is here!

Kent on January 2, 2012 at 1:50 am

Reopening planned for 2012.

ib_tamilee on June 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Great news, the Fox Theater is opening back up. Marty Stuart is performing for the theater Friday, June 10, 2011.

Twistr54 on January 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Such an awesome marquee, it should be saved and the neon restored, they are not made like this anymore,,,, move it to a new theatre and restore it.. It appears to be similar to the PIX that was on Hollywood Blvd,(Now Henry Fonda Theatre, they should of kept the neon marquee) huge flashing neon colors, just beautiful !!

CSWalczak on January 25, 2011 at 3:19 am

The theater has been closed and the most recent operator has begun to remove equipment: View link

CSWalczak on November 13, 2010 at 5:05 am

Apparently the immediate threat to the Fox has been relieved: View link

CSWalczak on November 10, 2010 at 8:37 am

This theater is in danger of foreclosure and closing:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 25, 2010 at 11:37 am

Here is an early photo of the Hippodrome. The movie on the poster leaning against the building is “The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin”, a film released in 1918. Even if the photo comes from a later year, the style of the building is characteristic of the 1910s, at the latest. I’m sure it isn’t the house that became the Fox, but an earlier theater.

The Fox is undoubtedly the building that is mentioned in two Southwest Builder & Contractor items (July 17 and October 2, 1925) that are cited in the California Index at the Los Angeles Public Library. This project was designed for West Coast Theatres by architect Lewis A. Smith. The Fox building, despite the later alterations which stripped it of its original decor and moved its entrance to the stage house end of the theater, is in its form typical of Smith’s 1920s designs.

The opening must have taken place in either late 1925 or early 1926. The new theater was built partly on the Hippodrome’s site, but is considerably larger than the old Hippodrome. A postcard dated July 4, 1926, (unlinked, as it is at an unstable auction site url) shows the new theater in place. The furniture store seen in Don Lewis’s photo of theold Hippodrome (comment of Sep 4, 210) is also seen. Another postcard (also at an auction site, but probably more stable) is very pale, but shows the new, theater with Hippodrome on its vertical sign.

It’s possible that the original Hippodrome had a different name earlier in its history. The California Index includes cards referencing theaters in Taft called the Optic (having a cooling system installed, according to Southwest Builder & Contractor, February 16, 1916) and White’s Savoy Theatre (opening announcement, The Rounder, September 2, 1911.) The name Hippodrome is not mentioned in the Index in connection with any Taft theater.

There is a possibility that another theater had been built in Taft in 1924. Southwest Builder & Contractor of August 1 that year said that the contract had been awarded to erect a theater and store building at the corner of 4th and North streets in Taft, for the Valley Investment Company. There is currently a building which might have been a theater, on the southwest corner of that intersection, which now houses an automobile agency.

Another theater project, a 1600-seat house for National Theatres which was proposed for the corner of 4th and North streets in 1925 probably didn’t get built, but the southwest corner of that intersection is now a parking lot large enough to have accommodated a theater of that size.

Not theater related, but interesting, is the information on this web page from the Kern County Museum. It says that before it was renamed Taft in 1909, the town was called Moron. I’ll politely refrain from further comment.

CSWalczak on October 24, 2010 at 8:56 pm

The theater’s future appear uncertain: View link

DonLewis on September 5, 2010 at 2:56 am

From the early 1900s a postcard view of the Hippodrome Theatre (before it became the Fox) in Taft.

CSWalczak on August 9, 2010 at 10:56 pm

The current owner of the theater building want to sell the operation of the theater: View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 17, 2009 at 8:50 pm

The Fox is still open Chuck. This is a recent b/w photo.

hondo59 on May 28, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I believe this is the theater seen in the Kurt Russell film “ Best of Times” during the parade scene.

wade1015 on November 7, 2008 at 7:07 am

Yes. The correct number of screens for the Taft Fox Theatre is three. My family owned the theatre and I was the general manager of the theatre when the two additional screens were added.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 6, 2008 at 7:51 pm

This theater is still for sale. $1,995,000. Details The description claims that “this property consists of the Fox Theater at 21,820 sq.ft. with 3 theaters”. Should screens be changed to three?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 3, 2008 at 8:08 pm

The date given for this photo is May 1, 1951.

Here is a 1999 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 3, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Here is a photo of a Hippodrome Theater on Center Street in Taft, California.

longislandmovies on September 6, 2007 at 5:37 am

theater for sale loopnet ……..

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 7, 2007 at 3:50 am

Here is another photo of the Fox Theater.

kencmcintyre on February 9, 2007 at 6:55 pm

The fire was on 2/22/50:

Fire Razes $500,000 Theater at Taft

TAFT, Feb. 22. The Hippodrome Theater, valued at $500,000, was destroyed by fire today along with five stores housed in the theater building. Flames were first discovered in the balcony at 2:40 a.m. and investigators theorized that a cigarette may have caused the fire. The 1800-seat theater was built 20 years ago.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 12, 2006 at 4:28 pm

Here is a photo of the Fox Theater.

William on March 29, 2006 at 9:48 pm

The New Fox Taft Theatre reopened on May 1st, 1951.