Fox Stadium Theatre

8906 W.  Pico Blvd.     | map | 

Los Angeles, CA  90035  

Architect: Robert O. Boller and Carl Henry Boller, Boller Bros.

The Boller Bros. worked all over the country on projects including the Kimo in Albuquerque and the Missouri Theatre in St. Joseph. See the Cinema Treasures list on Boller Bros. for 76 theatres by the firm that the site has indexed. The firm began in 1905 in Kansas City.

Carl Boller moved to Los Angeles in 1921 and in addition to the Fox Stadium, also designed the Fontana Theatre (now a performing arts venue) and the Corona Theatre, now a church. His most opulent theatre in the area was the Tracy Theatre in Long Beach.

Opened: 1930. It was built for and operated by Fox West Coast Theatres.  The rear of the auditorium was with stadium-style seating, a rarity in Los Angeles at the time.

About the only other early L.A. theatre with such an arrangement was downtown's Rialto Theatre. In the 40s, lots of theatres, especially by Fox West Coast (such as the Fox Inglewood), utilized the format. This is quite a contrast to the San Francisco area, where most theatres in the 20s and early 30s that were in the 900 to 1,200 seat range were built stadium style.

The building has a 24' deep stage and a 50' x 25' proscenium. The theatre was planned for wide film processes underway at the time such as the 70mm Fox Grandeur format. And there was always Magnascope. The sliding sections of the grand drape allowed for the showcasing of three image sizes: slides, the regular screen size, and the enlarged screen.

The exterior was strikingly lit with both neon and colored flood lights. And, of course, there was a lit beacon atop the tower.

The new theatre was covered in a big article by Carl Boller in the May 9, 1931 issue of Motion Picture Herald titled "Adapting  the Theatre to a Shallow Lot."  It's on Internet Archive.

A floorplan and section from the Motion Picture Herald article.
 full size view | on Internet Archive


Status: It's been a synagogue, the B'nai David-Judea, since 1964. The exterior was rehabilitated in 2004.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Fox Stadium for the more data on the theatre.

    B'nai David Judea

A view of the front of the former
auditorium from the synagogue's website.

 larger view

The current look of the main lobby. The
 rear of the auditorium is above the lobby.
The photo is by Reyna Zack Photography.
larger view

    Bruce Kimmel on Cinema Treasures   

A c.1951 street view looking west on Pico by
 Cinema Treasures researcher Haineshisway.
full size view | on Photobucket

The view also appears on the Facebook
page Mid-Century Modern:
 | Stadium Theatre |

    L.A. Public Library Collection

A 1937 exterior shot from the Library's collection.

 full size view

A view in the lobby near an
 entrance to the auditorium.

  full size view

A view of the organ grille house left
and the organ console in the pit. 
 full size view

Also in the collection:
  | another lobby view | lobby - looking toward the exits |
 | auditorium from rear - undated | ceiling detail |
   | another ceiling view | proscenium view  |

    Motion Picture Herald

The new theatre was covered in a big article by Carl Boller
 in the May 9, 1931 issue of Motion Picture Herald titled
 "Adapting  the Theatre to a Shallow Lot."

A daytime shot from the
Motion Picture Herald article.
full size view | on Internet Archive

Our only vintage night shot. It's opening night.
full size view | on Internet Archive

A proscenium shot with the house curtain visible, a
drape we don't see in photos from USC, LAPL or California
State Library collections. This curlicue pattern also appeared
 in other Fox-operated houses of the period including the
 Fox Wilshire and the United Artists Long Beach.
A look toward the rear of the house -- a bit different
than the California State Library version. Note here at
the Stadium the booth isn't behind the last row of seats
but up a full level higher to get in more seats.

In addition to these views, the article has
a lobby shot and an organ grille detail.

A view of the former Fox Stadium Theatre.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

[ click on the images to enlarge ]

A closer look at the tower.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

A detail of the Fox Stadium facade. 

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

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    California State Library

The State Library has a wonderful set of
photos from the Mott Studios taken in
1930. Here is a great view of the marquee
advertising "The Doorway to Hell."
full size view  

To the left of the theatre entrance
is the Sweet Shop diner.

A view of the facade from across the street.
  full size view

A view of the lobby of the Fox Stadium Theatre.
 full size view

A view of the Stadium's proscenium.
full size view

From the rear of the house.
 full size view

Looking toward the booth.
full size view

A view of the house right side wall of the auditorium.
  full size view

 The organ grille house right.
  full size view

More from the California State Library:
In addition to what's shown here, the Library has
eight more 1930 photos from Mott Studios, six of which are
interior shots. All 16 are cataloged as set # 001384373 .

    Photos of Los Angeles

A 2009 look west at the theatre by Ken McIntyre.
full size view

    USC Archives

A view of the building in 1930. This Mott-Merge
 photo (and the ones linked below) also
appear in the State Library collection.
 full size view

More from USC:

 | lobby view | auditorium  | boxoffice |