Fox Belmont

126 S. Vermont Ave.    | map |

Los Angeles, CA 90004

Opened: March 2, 1926 as a West Coast Theatres operation. The location is five blocks north of Wilshire Blvd.

It got a major remodel in 1946 by Fox West Coast Theatres resulting in a Skouras-style interior. It's also been known as just the Belmont.

Architect: Lewis A. Smith. See our blogspot posts for photos of other buildings by Mr. Smith, who did many projects for West Coast Theatres.

Seating: 1,680

Status:  Closed in 1973 after a fire and demolished the same year.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Fox Belmont for all the known information.

The architect also did a lot of other designs for West Coast Theatres. See the Cinema Treasures list of other projects by L.A. Smith.

The Other Fox Belmont: Check out the page for the Fox Belmont in Belmont Shore, a part of Long Beach.

An early 60s view looking south
on Vermont toward 2nd.

photo: Sean Ault Collection.

Thanks, Sean! 

Sean Ault is a noted historian of transit in
the Los Angeles area. You can see many more items
from his Osiris Press transit archive on YouTube.

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    USC Archives

The Fox Belmont in 1926 running "It Must Be
 Love" with Colleen Moore. It's a photo by the
Dick Whittington Studio.
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The photo is part of a set of 21 pictures of theatres and
other buildings. Thanks to Godzilla for finding the set and
including one on his Noirish Los Angeles post #17461.

A detail from the USC photo above.

A roof sign detail from the view above.
Looking toward the Belmont from 4th in 1931.
Yes, it's down there in the center of the photo.
The photo is from the Dick Whittington Studio.

Thanks to BifRayRock for including this view
above in his Noirish Los Angeles post #12289.

A detail from the photo above. On the right note the the
Rainbow Ballroom, later the Palomar, reputed to the birthplace
of swing in 1935. The ballroom burned in October 1939.
larger detail view

An undated panorama along Vermont from the
 Dick Whittington Studio collection. We get the
 Belmont way over on the right.
A detail from the panorama above.

A 1962 view south toward the Belmont Theatre.

photo: Sean Ault Collection.

Thanks, Sean!

[ click on the image for a larger view ]

     L.A. Public Library Photo Collection

A 1942 lobby photo. 
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A 1926 photo of the house
left side of the auditorium.

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A 1926 look at the facade and
amazing rooftop sign.
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A view of First and Vermont in the 30s
looking south.That's the
Belmont with its
huge roof sign on the left.
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Looking north in 1939.

A 1941 look north on Vermont from 3rd
toward the Belmont. It's from the Blackstock
 Negatives Collection.

A 1942 exterior view of the Belmont Theatre.
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A great 1946 night view
from the LAPL collection.

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Another 1946 night photo of the Belmont.
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A 1951 view of the Belmont Theatre facade.
Comedian Lou Holtz has leased the house to
 stage a Broadway style revue.
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A 1973 demolition photo.
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More exterior views in the Library's collection:
| looking north on Vermont toward 1st - 1938 - Herman Schultheis |
| another look north - 1941 | another demolition view - 1973 |