Fox Anaheim Theatre
229 W. Lincoln Avenue,
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Firms: Meyer & Holler
Previous Names: California Theatre
Brown brick building was built and opened as the 900-seat California Theatre on October 22, 1921, and it large orchestra with small loge seating area. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer Hope-Jones organ. There was large back stage area behind the movie screen, with ceiling grid and fly ropes & pulleys, a remnant of live theatre & vaudeville days. A large basement beneath the stage with dressing rooms and make-up room.
The theatre was located on the north side of W. Lincoln Avenue, near the north-east corner of Lemon Street. It was still named California Theatre in 1930 when a Western Electric sound system had been installed, but by 1931 it had been renamed Fox Theatre, operated by Fox West Coast Theatres chain and the seating capacity had been increased to 1,244. By 1950 it was operated by Cabart Theaters Corp[.
I was an usher there while in High School and college in the 1960’s. One time the pop/soul group The Platters performed there live. Another time the Reverend Billy Graham had a lecture there.
It was demolished in the 1970’s to make room for the downtown shopping center. I saved one wooden pin from the rope/pin rail, and one brick from its demolition.
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