Fox State Theatre

1320 Broadway,
Oakland, CA 94612

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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres, Loew's Inc.

Architects: Walter J. Cuthbertson

Firms: Mooser & Cuthberson

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: MacDonough Theatre, Loew's State Theatre, Vitaphone Theatre

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Fox State Theatre exterior

The MacDonough Theatre opened in November 14, 1892 as a playhouse; the architects were Mooser & Cuthberson. For many years it was considered THE theater to go to in Oakland. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual 7 ranks organ, which was removed in 1931 to be installed in the new Fox Theatre, Tucson, AZ.

The theatre went through several name changes over the years, among them the Loew’s State Theatre from November 14, 1920, Vitaphone Theatre from June 27, 1928, and became the Fox State Theatre from December 25, 1930 and by this time it was primarily showing movies.

The Fox State Theatre closed in 1945 and was demolished in 1956 for an office and bank building.

Contributed by Garrett Murphy

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

William on December 3, 2003 at 7:49 am

The Fox State Theatre seated 1572 people.

gsmurph on May 30, 2004 at 8:11 am

The Fox State’s address was 1320 Broadway.

tomdelay on August 25, 2005 at 8:25 pm

The 2 manual 7 rank Wurlitzer organ was removed to the new Fox Theatre in Tucson circa 1931.

DavidZornig on April 12, 2018 at 8:03 pm

1944 photo added via Philip Duhe.

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