Friday, March 7, 2014

Oakland's Fox Theater, historic jewel of the City

Fox Oakland Theater, Oakland, c.1935

This fanciful “Brahmanian Temple” movie palace opened in 1928. One of the
largest theaters on the Pacific Coast with more than 3,400 seats, it was designed by
San Francisco firm Weeks & Day, and constructed by Oakland builder Maury I. Diggs.
The architecture was described as Indian, Moorish, Medieval and Baghdadian. On opening day,
West Coast Theaters bought the entire Key System line for an hour, allowing patrons to ride
inbound trains for free, resulting in the turnout of 20,000. 

Redevelopment Story - from Theater Fox Website

History of Fox Theater - from the Fox Oakland Website

Timeline of the Fox slideshow (unfortunately only small thumbnails and no captions)

Boy scout troop assembled in from of the Fox Theater awaiting the Eddie Peabody
"KING OF THE BANJO"show - c1935

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