Fox Dome Theatre

3014 Ocean Front Walk,
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres

Architects: Clifford A. Balch

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1940 photo © Ansel Adams.

This theater was located on the boardwalk in front of Pacific Ocean Park pier. Opened on April 15, 1922, the Fox Dome Theatre seated 2,213 patrons. It was rebuilt and reopened on May 29, 1924.

In the remodel of POP pier, the Dome Theatre and the Rosemary Theatre were gutted. The fire, which destroyed the pier, also incinerated what was left of these old buildings.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 37 comments)

junglero on June 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm

The Fox Dome became the “Magic Carpet” ride at Pacific Ocean Park after the remodel.

DavidZornig on February 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm

There is a 1930’s photo of the Fox Dome auditorium during a Mickey Mouse Club meeting on the Mouse Heaven page at

DavidZornig on April 14, 2014 at 1:35 pm

This link has a flyer for the Mickey Mouse Club meetings at the Fox Dome. The previous B&W photo in the other link is in dispute as to whether it is the Fox Dome or not.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm

DavidZornig: If you’re referring to this photo that kencmcintyre linked to, it was probably taken in 1922, the year Clara Kimball Young appeared in The Worldly Madonna, so it would depict the Dome Theatre that burned with the rest of the pier in 1924. But you’re right, the old theater would not have been called the Fox Dome, as the West Coast Theatres circuit was not taken over by Fox until a few years after the new Dome Theatre was built.

Arty on June 6, 2015 at 11:12 pm

There’s a great 1950 moving picture scene of the Fox Dome in WOMAN ON THE RUN (1950), near the end. This is a great, newly restored copy of this once lost Ann Sheridan film noir. Playing at the Dome is THE BIG LIFT with Monty Clift and THE FORTUNES OF CAPTAIN BLOOD, with cartoon. Even the month seems clear: May. The Dome sparkles; so the does the film it’s in, darkly.

artpf on September 14, 2019 at 3:04 pm

Just a note: This theatre was seen briefly in the 1951 remake of Fritz Lang’s classic, “M.” The killer is walking with a curly haired blonde girl about 45 minutes into the movie when the theatre comes into the frame.

artpf on September 14, 2019 at 9:12 pm

According to this source, the capacity was 1.600, not 2,200.

rivest266 on March 26, 2021 at 2:31 pm

This opened on April 15th, 1922 and rebuilt in 23 working days, and reopened on May 29th, 1924. Grand opening ads posted.

rivest266 on March 26, 2021 at 2:32 pm

More info at

DavidZornig on February 27, 2023 at 10:30 pm

Circa 1920s photos in Santa Monica History Museum Facebook links below.

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