136 E. Compton Blvd. | map |
Compton, CA 90220
Opened: Sometime before 1940. It's listed as the Fox Compton in the 1940 city directory, as just the Compton in 1949. Closing date is unknown -- perhaps the late 50s.
Possible early history: In 1925 there was a Compton Theatre listed for E. Main St. in a program for the nearby Symphony Theatre -- it could be that we had a street renaming. A 1925 parade view of Compton Blvd. in the Cal State Dominguez Hills collection shows a Compton Theatre.
Ken McIntyre notes that the L.A. Times in 1924 was also carrying ads for a California Theatre in Compton.
Seating: 618 was the number listed in the 1932 Film Daily Yearbook.
Status: It's been demolished, along with almost every other vintage building in downtown Compton. The site is now part of a parking lot for a huge strip mall.The town has no movie theatres.
More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Fox Compton.
Merchandise: You can get coffee mugs, mouse pads and more with a 1953 photo of the Fox Compton from Happy Days in Southern California. In their photo the theatre is running "White Witch Doctor" with Robert Mitchum.
The Fox Compton after closing.
A deeper look into the entrance.
photo: Nathan / DLZ127 on Flickr
Thanks, Nathan! His Compton Theatre set on
Flickr has two more views of the closed theatre.
A 1955 postcard view looking east on
Compton Blvd. toward the Fox Compton.
source: Michael Phillips on Photos of Los Angeles
At the Fox Compton: "Rage At Dawn," a March 1955 release.
The cross street in the foreground is Willowbrook Ave.
Thanks to Michael for the card, a post of his on
Photos of Los Angeles where it got many comments.
He notes: "The Pacific Electric tracks can be seen faintly
in the foreground...still there only it is now called the Metro Blue Line.
Compton station for the blue line is out of sight to the left and it occupies
the site of the original PE station/ Southern Pacific freight station.
Nearly every one of the buildings are long gone."
[ click on any of these photos for a larger view ]
The current view looking east on
Compton Blvd. toward the Fox Compton site.
photo: Google Maps - 2015
It's now a parking lot for the strip mall. Click on the photo
to enlarge or head to Google for the interactive version.
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