6126 Hollywood Boulevard,
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Fonda Theatre (Official)
Operated by: Nederlander Organization
Firms: Morgan, Walls, and Clements
Styles: Spanish Colonial
Previous Names: Carter DeHaven Music Box Theatre, Hollywood Music Box Theatre, Pix Theatre, Guild Theatre, New Fox Theatre, Pix Hollywood Theatre. Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre, The Music Box @ Fonda, Music Box Theatre
News About This Theater
Opened as the Carter DeHaven Music Box Theatre on October 18, 1926 with the revue “Carter De Haven’s Fancies” featuring a cast of 90 which included 30 specialities. The theatre also had a rooftop theatre, which during Prohibition soon became a ‘speakeasy’. This theatre went through several owners and corresponding name changes. It became a radio studio theatre in 1936, then returned to legitimate theatre use as the Music Box Theatre in the early-1940’s.
On November 26, 1944 it was renamed Pix Theatre and went over to screening movies. It was renamed Guild Theatre on February 1, 1945. On May 25, 1954 it was re-named the New Fox Theatre (not to be confused with the Fox Theatre at Hollywood Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue, which was the old Iris Theatre). On September 30, 1959 it was renamed Pix Hollywood Theatre. The Pix Hollywood Theatre had a really nice neon marquee and it was renamed Pix Theatre on November 19, 1969. The Pix Theatre was the movie house that premiered “Jaws” on Hollywood Boulevard in 1975. A year later they showed “Rocky”. Not a very large theatre but it showed many blockbuster’s in the 1970’s before becoming a Spanish language theatre on June 4, 1979. It then become a live venue named the Henry Fonda Theatre.
In recent years it has come under new independent management (leased from the Nederlander Organisation) and presents concerts, live performances and special events and was known as the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre.
In 2007, a restoration was begun to bring it back to its 1926 appearance, and it was renamed The Music Box @ Fonda. In 2010, it reverted back to its original Music Box Theatre name. It was closed suddenly in early-January 2012, but by April 2014 has since re-opened as the Fonda Theatre.
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