LAHTF: “Insider’s Peek #1 - Fox Theatre, Inglewood, CA”

posted by Ross Melnick on November 29, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Comments (8)

markp on November 29, 2009 at 9:23 pm

YES !!! I wish them all the best. I hope the same thing someday happens here in Elizabeth New Jersey to the Ritz Theatre. 2760 seats just waiting to be filled again. All these old grand palaces must be saved and restored.

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on November 29, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Amazing, not many of S Charles Lee’s california theaters from the 1940’s remain in their original configuration. This must be restored and reopened. A true treasure!

danpetitpas on November 30, 2009 at 7:58 am

Wow! It’s beautiful! However, Inglewood is a very tough city with gangs moving in from LA and an 83% minority population. It’s going to be difficult to find an economic model to save the place.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on November 30, 2009 at 10:56 am

I live in Inglewood. It’s tough in certain sections of the city but not nearly as gang infested as “the media” would have you believe. They’ve been trying to get a theatre built here for the last 13 years or so. The planned redevelopment of Hollywood Park – which would include demolishing the race track – includes a movie theatre.

We’ll see how it goes.

hillsmanwright on November 30, 2009 at 10:56 am

That’s part of why it’ll be so much fun! The Inglewood Redevelopment Agency is planning a mixed use development for the entire block – a special events/entertainment venue should be a critical piece of that. The other folks moving into Inglewood are artists displaced by downtown gentrificiation. It’ll be interesting, at the very least.

JohnChappell on November 30, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I grew up in Inglewood in the 1940s and 50s. I actually worked at the Fox, Academy and Fifth Avenue. The Fox was a replacement for the Granada which
burnt down which was located on the same site. The Fox has no stage to speak of just the apron and footlights. There is an alley out behind
the wall but no space to expand outward to create a stage house. To go
forward into the auditorium will require a rebuild of the proscenium
and the loss of seats and a change of the spacial feeling of the house.
In addition to these cinemas there was the Inglewood (gone), United Artists,
plus a cinema on Market Street, south of Manchester Blvd. run by Loew's
at one time. Once there were six movie houses now there are none.


KJB2012 on December 1, 2009 at 10:30 am

I’ve driven by this theatre a few times. I always wondered what it was like inside. I’m very surprised to see in such good shape!
Whilst I’ve always though of Inglewood as rough area, redoing the Fox might be just the ticket to turning the area around.
All best and good luck in making that happen.

TLSLOEWS on December 1, 2009 at 11:27 am

Cool video hope it gets the attention it needs,it has only been closed 20 years> Look what has been done the the LOEWS JERSEY and LOEWS PARADISE.Good luck to them.

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