Bob Hope Theatre
242 E. Main Street,
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Originally on this site was the T&D Theatre, built in 1917. It was re-named California Theatre in 1923, and was closed and demolished in 1929.
The Fox California Theatre was built in 1930 by the Fox West Coast Theatre circuit. It opened on October 14, 1930 with Spencer Tracy in “Up the River”. The Wurlitzer 3 manual 9 rank theatre organ had been saved from its original installation in the T&D/California Theatre, and was opened by organist Inez McNeil, who had been the original resident organist on the instrument.
Its glorious run of first run films lasted until 1969 when the Fox became a venue for second run movies. Finally, no longer able to support itself, the theatre closed in 1973. The original Wurlitzer organ had been removed from the theatre in the 1950’s.
Despite various efforts to bring back the Fox Theatre, it wasn’t until 1996 that its true and lasting resurrection was realized. Today, the Fox Theatre is a lively concert hall and a survivor of the decline of the movie palace. With over 2,000 seats, the Fox Theatre is still a stunner. A Robert Morton 4 manual theatre organ has been installed, originally installed in the Fox Theatre, Seattle in 1928.
The Fox Theatre was renamed for the late legendary entertainer Bob Hope in 2004.
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