Fox Dome Theatre

3014 Ocean Front Walk,
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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DavidZornig on February 27, 2023 at 7:30 pm

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

rivest266 on March 26, 2021 at 11:32 am

More info at

rivest266 on March 26, 2021 at 11:31 am

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

artpf on September 14, 2019 at 6:12 pm

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

artpf on September 14, 2019 at 12:04 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.

Arty on June 6, 2015 at 8:12 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 14, 2014 at 11:40 am

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.

DavidZornig on April 14, 2014 at 10:35 am

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.

DavidZornig on February 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm

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

junglero on June 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on July 10, 2010 at 10:42 am

Very nice vintage photos.

lwmulder on March 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Johnny Vegas – am interested in learning more about the Langley theaters in CA. I am Linda Langley, Claude Alexander’s daughter.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2009 at 3:51 pm

The link I put in my comment of Sept. 18, 2005, is dead. A photo and description of the 1924 fire which destroyed the Dome Theatre can now be seen near the bottom of this web page.

Joel Axelrod
Joel Axelrod on August 4, 2008 at 4:46 pm

My parents and grandparents owned a grocery store on the Venice side of the boardwalk, without hearing distance of Welk’s band playing int he Aragon Ballroom on Lick Pier. What was the entrance to the Ocean Park Pier, later became the exit to Pacific Ocean Park (POP). I remember seeing Mighty Joe Young in sepia tone at the Dome, and Commando Cody serials. I saw the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers there and had the nightmares that went along with the film. The manager of the theater was a huge man, very “portly” who always wore a tuxedo. When the Dome closed, I was surprised to see him working in the lobby of the Bundy (Pico and Bundy…now the Bundy offramp from the Santa Monica Freeway).

disneydave on May 22, 2008 at 9:56 pm

BTW I did see the earlier posts on the MMC, but I have an image of a sample herald included with the MMC Campaign Manual announcing the inauguration of the Fox Dome chapter on July 20, 1929.

I also have an image from a publication indicating Walt Disney would be attending a chapter meeting, along with Studio artist Ub Iwerks and Studio composer Carl Stalling and that issue is dated September 13, 1929.

seymourcox on October 25, 2007 at 7:42 am

These maps show two theatres named (#21 & red dot between #13 & #26)Dome, and one (#18) Strand Theatre. Is this Strand listed on CT?

kencmcintyre on October 24, 2007 at 12:39 pm

I rented Quicksand from Netflix a few months ago. Most of the film was shot in the Venice area. Interesting to see the area before the Marina was completed, lots of oil wells and seedy neighborhoods.

seymourcox on October 24, 2007 at 11:40 am

This theatre is used as a scene backdrop in the 1950 Film Noir “Quicksand”, starring Mickey Rooney, Peter Lorre, Jeanne Cagney, and Barbara Bates. Many believe this film to be Rooney’s finest performance!

raybradley on October 22, 2007 at 6:37 pm

Fox Dome is #21 on this 1922 map -
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and a photo view -
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ARTiber on August 11, 2007 at 11:32 pm

8/11/2007 20:26 Hawaiian


Thanks for posting them!


haineshisway on August 11, 2007 at 10:26 pm

Clearly both from the late 20s/early 30s.

ARTiber on July 6, 2007 at 2:05 am

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Dome Theater, Dome Hotel Ocean Park California:
Wow I started out to write a brief note to my grandchildren about the late 1940’s when I lived I a old Hotel (the Dome) how we had a Dumbwaiter in the kitchen, whatever had been below was blocked off but it still worked we could pull ourselves up and down via the ropes still in place.
Looking at the picture the 2d floor windows are the room/apartments ours was on the other side of the Dome a one bedroom, large living room with pull down from the wall bed, Kitchen between with an ice box and pull down from the wall table. My father was a bookmaker on the front, and I had an almost full cart blanch every where! Theater free, Rides Free, some of the concessions even slips me a quarter or so to shill.
All in all it made for magical memories.


gumby4la on May 28, 2007 at 4:22 am

Does anyone remember POP having a wall at the entrance adorned with lions heads spouting water from their mouths? My husband found a lion head years ago in a field in Venice and was told it was from POP. We both grew up lucky enough to have visited POP on several occassions, but neither of us can place the lions heads. Thank you for anyone responding. J Wuethrich