Saturday, January 12, 2013

Gone, But Not Forgotten...


How many of you long for the old days of divine, ornate architecture?

The grand Fox Theatre was a 4,651 seat movie palace located at 1350 Market Street in San Francisco. The theater was designed by the noted theater architect, Thomas W. Lamb. It was built by movie mogul William Fox of Fox Film Corporation to be the last word in movie palaces, with a proposed 1,000-room luxury hotel attached to the site. The hotel never got off the ground, but the theater opened on June 28, 1929 with the premiere of Behind That Curtain (1929), starring E.L. Park as Charlie Chan.


A gilded rococo lobby featuring a grand staircase greeted visitors to the Fox; lavish stage shows, a full orchestra and a 4,000-pipe Wurlitzer organ counted among its amenities. Opened in 1929, the theater operated until 1963 when it was sadly closed and demolished.

I have some family members that still remember that theatre. Too bad I was 3 years old when it was demolished. I just gush at these old images...

Let's go to the theatre...take a stroll through...



Diamond Horseshoe Promenade, oh my...







Note the shell-shaped seats in the Women's Cosmetic Lounge...

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