Fox Pomona



301 S. Garey Ave.    | map

Pomona, CA   91766

(909) 555-1212

Website: www.foxpomona.com 

Don't miss the Restoration and History pages for lots of interesting photos. The Memorabilia page has a great spread of historic ads and clippings.  The Historic Photo Timeline is a great gallery of vintage views.

Opened: April 24, 1931

Until recently, the Fox used an address on W. 3rd St. It's listed as the the Fox Theatre, 110 W. 3rd, in the 1934 through 1940 city directories and as the Fox Pomona in 1945. The use of a 114 W. 3rd address starts with the 1948 directory.  In the 1951 directory it's again just listed as the Fox Theatre.

The Fox was operated by Fox West Coast and its successor companies National General and, finally, Mann Theatres until 1976. After closing as a mainstream film house, the Fox had a career for several years as a Spanish language film venue, a church, and home for raves and wrestling.

Architects:   Clifford A. Balch, Floyd E. Stanbery of Balch & Stanbery. The firm did many projects for Fox West Coast. See the listings for Balch and Stanbery in the Pacific Coast Architecture Database. A few more theatres by Balch are listed on our Blogspot entries.

Seating: Originally 1,751. The main floor was terraced during the renovation and does not have fixed seating.

Stage Specifications: Proscenium width: 45'  Stage depth: 20.'  There's no longer any fly space. The upper half of the stagehouse was converted into a ballroom during the renovation.

Status: Restored in 2008-2009 and now operating as a multi-venue performing arts center.  The City of Pomona had owned the building since 2001. In 2007 it was sold to Gerald Investments (Jerry & Ed Tessier) for $1.6 million. It's now operated by their family development firm, Arteco Partners, that has renovated (and operates) many other downtown Pomona buildings. The renovation cost was slightly more than $10 million.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page for 24 recent and vintage photos plus lots of comments.  The Cinema Tour page has over 50 exterior views of the theatre. 

See Friends of the Pomona Fox for more history and news.  Forsight Creations has a nice photo gallery showing their work on light fixtures for the renovation project.  Also see the data on their projects page.  Nate Jackson had a nice 2009 story on the project in Inland Empire Weekly.



The Fox Pomona in 2007.

photo: Bill Counter



The marquee prior to renovation.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007



A look at the lobby.

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009


[ click on these to enlarge ]



A look across the balcony at the Fox Pomona

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009





    Agility Nut   

www.agilitynut.com/theatres/ca.html


A nice look up the tower of the Fox Pomona
prior to the renovation.  It's on Mary Jane's
California Theatres - page 5, where there are
several more views as well.
full size view


    Fox Pomona website   

www.foxpomona.com 



A 1958 view of the proscenium from the Pomona Public
Library. It's one of many great vintage views on the
website's Historic Photo Timeline page.
 full size view




A 2008 auditorium view -- one of many documenting
the condition of the building at the start of the renovation
 in the website's March 08 Restoration Observations photo gallery. 
full size view

Check out the May 08 Restoration Observations gallery
for interesting observations regarding the tower as swamp
cooler and new structural reinforcements.




A great photo of original plasterwork
uncovered at the entrance. It's part of the
June 08 Restoration Observations
photo gallery.



    L.A. Public Library Collection   

www.lapl.org



A 1931 view of the building for the grand opening
full size view




A 1940 view of the marquee during the run of
 "Gone With The Wind" from the Library's collection.
full size view




A look at the mezzanine level of the lobby in the 40s. 
full size view



Lobby and exit doors in the 40s. 
full size view



The grand stair in the 40s. 
full size view



A look at the house right organ grille area in the 40s.
full size view




A great view of the sidewall murals from the 40s.
 full size view




Looking down on the stage from the top of the balcony. 
There are surround speakers, so it's post-1953.  Also note
that the sidewall murals have been largely painted out.
full size view

More interior views in the Library's collection:
| on lobby mezzanine level  |  auditorium rear  |

More exterior views in the Library's collection:
| 30s- "Coolest Spot in the Valley"  |
 |  1957 marquee view - "Farewell To Arms"    |



    Photos of Los Angeles   



A pre-renovation backstage view from Ken Mcintyre.
full size view

Also see:
 | 1957 marquee - "Farewell To Arms" |


    Yosoybones on Flickr   

flickr.com/photos/7471594@N08/with/2066677054/


A nice detail view of the tower in 2007.
 full size view









The Fox Pomona tower sign.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007




A 2009 view of the Fox Pomona

photo: Michelle Gerdes


[ click on these to enlarge ]

Don't miss MIchelle's full 34 view Pomona Fox set
on Flickr. In addition to what you see here, the set has nice
detail views of light fixtures and finishes.



A look at the house left side of the auditorium.
Note that the main floor is terraced without fixed seating.

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009


[ click on these to enlarge ]



A detail of ceiling and side wall
decoration near the proscenium.

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009




A detail the plasterwork at the proscenium.

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009






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    Boxoffice   

www.boxoffice.com/the_vault


The Fox Pomona is featured on the cover of the trade
magazine Boxoffice for March 9, 1959 discussing the major
overhaul that many Fox West Coast Theatres got that year.
cover  |

The caption mentions "Use of stone trim, replacement of old
wood doors, removal of oldstyle trim and modernization of display
cases helped provide the new look to the front of the theatre."


    Huntington Digital Library   

hdl.huntington.org/cdm


An undated look at the stage from up in
the balcony. It's a Doug White photo taken
 for Southern California Edison Co.
full size view

On the Huntington Library pages you can
use the slider to get a larger image -- then you
can pan around to explore details.



    Los Angeles Theatres    

www.facebook.com/losangelestheatres


A 1933 view prior to the run of "King Kong"
discovered by John Bengtson.
For a treat, check out John's blog
 Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd film locations (and more).



A shot of the theatre during the run of
 "King Kong" added to our page by Shawn
Dudley.  It's a Burton Frasher photo.
full size view

Thanks to Bill Gabel and Shawn Dudley for identifying
the top photo!  It was a mystery before their help.




    Ken McIntyre on Cinema Treasures    



Ace researcher Ken McIntyre has found this great
1932 view and added it to his Photbucket collection. 
full size view




A look at the theatre in 1943 when it's running
"Coney Island" with Betty Grable. 
full size view

See the comments on the Cinema Treasures
page for links to many more photos, including a
 nice series of exterior views Ken took in 2008.



    Mark Peacock on Flickr    



A wonderful night view of the restored
signage by Mark Peacock. 
full size view

Also see:
daytime marquee view  |

Check out Mark's Vintage Theatres set
for lots more great work.


    Pomona Public Library   

http://content.ci.pomona.ca.us/


A great look at the facade during the
run of "As You Desire Me" (1932). 
full size view



A Frasher Foto Card view looking toward the
Fox Pomoma Theatre in 1933.
full size view



A close look at the marquee. "The Cowboy
And The Lady" dates from 1938.
full size view




A 1952 Frasher card with the caption "Garey Avenue
looking toward the Sierra Madre Mountains." 
full size view




A look back toward the rear of the balcony.
The photo is by Nate Singer
 full size view




A view of the organ grille area by Nate Singer. 
full size view



A 1942 look at the lobby by Nate Singer. 
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A 1958 lobby shot by Western Photo Co.
full size view

Also see:
construction - 1930  |  later construction - 1930  |  grand opening - 1931 |
 |  another opening view - distance  |  night view - "Charlie McCarthy Detective"  |
 |  corner view - "The Coolest Spot in the Valley"  |  1934 Frasher card  |
 |  1934 facade view - "Belle of the Nineties"  |  Christmas tree in the lobby  |
 |  Christmas party in lobby  |  1943 street view with servicemen - "Coney Island" |
insulating the attic -- 1946  |  1956 marquee view  - "Alexander The Great"  |
1962 marquee view - "Kiss Them For Me"  |  function in lobby - undated  |

... and lots more Fox Theatre views if you'd
care to search the collection.