Fox Theatre

1430 Spring Street,
Paso Robles, CA 93446

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Conceptual Facade

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Closed and currently just sitting as an exceptionally ornate pigeon roost.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 24, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Various issues of Boxoffice Magazine indicate that the Hi-Ho Theatre was built for Arthur M. Miller in 1941. It opened early in June that year. In 1942, Miller sold the house to Fox West Coast’s T&D Theatres affiliate.

The January 19, 1957, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that Fox West Coast planned to close its T&D Theatre in Paso Robles. Their intention was to demolish the auditorium and convert the lobby to retail space. The Hi-Ho Theatre would be renovated to become the chain’s main house in Paso Robles. The December 7 issue of Boxoffice that same year said that the Hi-Ho Theatre had been renamed the Fox Theatre.

There are frequent mentions of Al Stanford in issues of Boxoffice from 1951 until 1973, most often in connection with the Oaks Drive-In (not yet listed at Cinema Treasures, by the way.) The Fox is also mentioned frequently, but I can’t find a single mention of the third Paso Robles hardtop, the Park Theatre. However, Paso Robles currently has a 9-screen multiplex at 1100 Pine Street downtown called the Park Cinemas 9. It’s not listed here yet either.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 24, 2009 at 11:29 pm

The second sentence in my comment above should say the Hi-Ho opened in late June, 1941.

Brennagarman on July 30, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Several years ago the owner of the Fox Theatre was selling seats. I’m not sure if they were the original theatre seats or if they had upgraded sometime during its operation.

tstrickland on December 29, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Hi – My name is Tonya Strickland and I cover Paso Robles for The Tribune newspaper. I’m seeking details on who the current owner of the Fox Theater is and any contacts in the group that tried to raise funds for it a few years back. If you have any information, please contact me at 805-781-7858 or It can be off the record if you prefer. Thank you.

WHITEFIELD on June 13, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Here is a photo from 2006
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dltdct on October 29, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Here is a current 2010 Photo of the building known as the Fox Theater in Paso Robles. I have heard that the owners have attempted to obtain a tenant for the building on multiple occasions over the years and have had the building on the market at various times. If you want to know who the owners are I believe you can find that out via County Records. Contact them make an offer the dream could be yours. I spent several minutes outside admiring the building and did not see a single pigeon.

BuildingBuff on July 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Hello, I am new to this site, and was very excited to see the old Fox Theatre on here. I have been fantasizing buying it and fixing up for years! Does anyone have pictures of what the inside originally looked like? I would love to get in on fixing it up. It would even be cool to make it one of those new wine bar/ theaters. It is in the perfect place for doing that! Right in the hot happening part of town! Maybe someone at the city level could be rallied to help restore it since it is an historical building?

PaulieLou7 on October 26, 2013 at 10:58 am

Hello, I spoke with the owner of this and he is open to lease or sale of the property. He would like to stay involved if possible. As soon as he has one solid lease he can get funding for rehab and get the place up and running again. Things are in the works! If you are interested you can call me at 805-235-4666

dltdct on October 26, 2013 at 6:02 pm

What is your point Moviemanforever. Why would you spend your time making negative comments on this site.

Chicadita on January 26, 2014 at 11:24 am

Does anyone know if the owner and community would be ok turning it into a live theatre? It’s an idea I’ve been kicking around for a while, but I don’t know how everyone would feel about it?

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