1953 Photo from the Charles Van Bibber collection
115 N Market St|
Inglewood CA 90301
|Record #16202 |
Capacity: 1026 seats|
Architect(s): S Charles Lee
Architectural Style(s): Streamline Moderne
National Register: 2013
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: |
| Previously operated by: National General Theatres, Mann Theatres|
Information for this tour was contributed by Charles Van Bibber, Ken Roe and Anne Cheek La Rose.
The Fox Theatre was built in 1948, replacing the Granada Theatre which had stood on the site until it was destroyed by fire. The Fox had a typical Skouras interior treatment which was in favor in the late 1940s. One of two Fox Theatres in Inglewood.
This was the last major theatre designed by Charles Lee. It opened on 31st March 1949 and was built by Fox West Coast Theatres. Later it was operated by Mann Theatres and ended its days as a movie theatre showing Spanish language films.
The Fox interior is a time capsule, though it has suffered from years of neglect and a leaky roof. Everything is inside the theatre, just as it was when the last movie was shown in 1988. There are even the "FOX" signs from the tower and either side of the marquee still on the property.
No longer "hanging on for dear life", the Fox was included on the National Register of Historic Places on 14 January 2013. The Inglewood Historic Preservation Alliance has worked to save this theatre and was successful with its National Register application.
Inglewood is to have a light rail, the MTA Crenshaw-LAX line, completed in 2018. One of two stations will be a gateway to Market Street. The Fox sits on the second of the two blocks of Market Street poised for major development. The Fox will be saved, it is only a question of which interested party will save and restore it. Both interested parties want to make it a movie theatre once more.
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2004 photos from the Ken Roe collection.
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1953 photos from the Charles Van Bibber collection.
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