Fox Venice Theatre

620 Lincoln Blvd.   | map |

Venice, CA   90291

Opened: Around 1942. It was a fairly standard Fox West Coast Skouras-style building.

The Fox Venice ran conventional Hollywood movies until the late 60s when it became a daily change revival house.

Architect: Unknown

Seating: 1,003 --  all on a single level

The Fox Venice in the Movies: The Fox Venice Theatre is seen in "Messiah of Evil" (International Cine Film Corporation, 1973). The film, also known as "Dead People," was directed by Willard Huyck and stars Michael Greer and Marianna Hill. It's about a mysterious cult in a strange California seaside town.

Bruce Kimmel advises that the inside of the theatre is seen in "The First Nudie Musical," (Paramount, 1976). We also get exterior views of the Music Box and the Hollywood Theatre. Mr. Kimmel was the writer for the film.

Status: Closed in 1988. Currently it's fairly intact but with a flat floor. It's being used as a swap meet.

More Information:  See the Cinema Treasures page on the
Fox Venice for lots of stories and links to additional exterior photos. 

Pat Hartman's Virtual Venice site has a great article on
 "The Fabulous Fox Venice" detailing its history as a revival house.

Visit our Venice and Ocean Park Theatres page for information on other earlier theatres in the area. Also see our pages for the Rosemary Theatre and the Dome Theatre in Ocean Park. 

For more general Venice history, the place to go is Jeffrey Stanton's amazing Venice, California History Site.  Mr. Stanton is the Author of "Venice, California - Coney Island of the Pacific."  Don't miss his Movie Making in Venice and Ocean Park section. 

Also check out the Venice History website.

The former boxoffice area at the Fox Venice.

photo: Bill Counter

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The former Fox Venice auditorium in 2010.

  photo: Bill Counter

    Mid Century Modern    

... and Historical Los Angeles in the '60s, '70s, and '80s

A 1968 view of the Fox Venice playing "Yellow
Submarine." The shot was added by Lisa Kurtz
Sutton to the Facebook page.
 full size view | on the MCM page

    Venice, Ocean Park and Santa Monica    

Thanks to Michael Hayashi for the 1957 look at
the theatre, a post of his on the Venice, Ocean
Park and Santa Monica Facebook page.
Note the guys up working on
the Fox lettering on the tower.

A 2010 view of the Fox Venice Theatre.

photo: Bill Counter

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Another exterior view from 2010.

photo: Bill Counter

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    American Classic Images

A 1982 look at the Fox Venice playing a double bill
of "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Bridge on the River Kwai."
 That must have been a long evening. The photo is
part of the collection of American Classic Images.
 full size view

    L.A. Public Library Collection

A 1982 view by Mike Sergieff of the Fox Venice.
  full size view

A view of stars under the typical Skouras-style
 marquee of the Fox Venice Theatre.
 full size view

More of the Fox Venice in the collection:
| facade rendering | 1951 premiere - Ralph Morris |
 | another premiere view |
 | 1968 facade - "Yellow Submarine"  |
 | another 80s marquee shot - Sergieff |

    USC Archives   

A view (part of a set of 6) of a 1951 premiere
at the Fox Venice in the USC Archives. It's a
 photo from the Herald Examiner collection.
 full size view