Fox California Theater

241 Main Street,
Salinas, CA 93901

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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres, T & D Jr. Enterprises

Architects: Alexander Aimwell Cantin, Albert W. Cornelius, Carl G. Moeller

Functions: Live Performances, Special Events

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: T & D Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 831.758.8459

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The T & D Theatre opened on November 10, 1921 with a vaudeville Minstrel Show. It was designed by architect Albert W. Cornelius. It was was sold to Fox Theatres in 1930, being renamed Fox California Theater and remodeled by architect Alexander A Cantin in 1935. It was later remodeled possibly by Carl G. Moeller in 1949.

After many years of closure, it has re-opened as a live performance venue and was refurbished in 2002.

Contributed by Jim Crowl

Recent comments (view all 30 comments)

hadavis on September 22, 2007 at 12:29 am

I’ve been working on the Fox Theater Salinas web site for the new owners ( and I’d love to have a few of the old pictures for the history page. Can anyone help me? I’m a transplant to Salinas – by the time I got here it was redone. What I’d really like are the old black and whites like the one one this page (or permission to use that one if anyone knows how to contact the owner).

GaryParks on February 19, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Holly: contact me below, and I can steer you in the right direction re. those historic photos.

tomdelay on February 19, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Already did it Gary.


Paula Wirth
Paula Wirth on August 10, 2008 at 1:36 am

I just visited Salinas on August 8, 2008, and took a ton of pictures of the Fox California Theater, including the front, sign, ticket booth and interior.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 27, 2009 at 9:02 pm

The L.A. Library’s California Index contains a card citing an item in the May, 1935, issue of Architect & Engineer which said that architect Alexander A. Cantin had prepared the plans for remodeling the T&D Theatre in Salinas, and that the house would now be called the Fox Theatre.

I can’t find anything about who did the 1949 remodeling, but my guess would be that it was Charles Skouras’s favorite designer of the era, Carl G. Moeller.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm

A 2010 photo can be seen here.

DavidZornig on February 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm

1941 photo added via Ed Johnson.

rivest266 on March 3, 2019 at 12:09 pm

The new T & D theatre opened on November 10th, 1921. Grand opening ad posted. Another T & D theatre opened on August 23rd, 1919 and closed in 1921.

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