AKA: Fox Theater, Pomona, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Balch and Stanbery, Architect and Engineer (firm); Clifford A. Balch (architect); Floyd Edgar Stanbery (structural engineer)

Dates: constructed 1931

2 stories

114 West 3rd Street
Pomona, CA 91766

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The prolific Los Angeles firm of Balch and Stanbery designed the 1,738-seat Fox Pomona Theatre. (Cinema Treasures.com indicated that it contained 1,751 seats.) The theatre screened films from 04/23/1931-1976, when its last owner, Mann Theatres, closed it. Efforts to preserve the theatre by the city failed in 1977, and shortly thereafter, local businessman Barry Reicher bought the venue and screened Spanish-language films there; a restaurant, El Merendero Restaurant and Bakery leased a storefront by 1980. Another effort by community groups to buy the theatre fell through in the late 1980s, and the Pomona Fox was rented to Iglesia Universal del Reino de Dios, a Brazilian faith. A promoter of raves, Amos Wallace, next took control of it in 1999, and proceeded to damage the interior and tolerate drug use on premises. This activity affected public opinion enough for the City of Pomona to buy the property in 2002 for $1.1 million. Renovation work to transform the theatre into a performing arts center concluded on 04/18/2009.

The Skouras Brothers did some work at the Pomona Fox in the late 1930s.

PCAD id: 4386