AKA: Fox Theatres Corporation, Fox Theatre, Long Beach, CA; Fox West Coast Theatres Corporation, Fox West Coast Theatre, Long Beach, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Lee, S. Charles Architect (firm); Meyer and Holler, Architects, Engineers and Builders (firm); Philip W. Holler (architect); Simeon Charles Lee (architect); Mendel S. Meyer (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1924-1925, demolished 1987

333 East Ocean Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802-4827

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Building History

The Fox West Coast in Long Beach seated 2,038, the largest venue in Long Beach; it opened 07/07/1925, and was purchased by the Fox West Coast exhibition chain in 1928; in the 1930s, the theatre staged vaudeville performers in addition to showing movies; Judy Garland (1922-1969, née Frances Ethel Gumm) and her two other sisters, Dorothy Virginia (1917-1977) and Mary Jane (1915-1965), performing as the Gumm Sisters, appeared there between 08/09/1933-08/15/1933; Mann Theatre chain operated the Fox West Coast until 1974; subsequently, it became used as an adult theatre in the later 1970s and was operated by the J. Bueno Theatres Corp. just before its demolition, showing Spanish-language films; its last performances were 11/09-10/1985 for a theatrical production; the Fox West Coast long stood next to the Fox Imperial Theatre in Downtown Long Beach.

Building Notes

This Spanish Colonial Revival theatre had a large capacity, seating 2,038 moviegoers. A West Coast Cafe occupied a corner of the Fox West Coast Theatre Building, Long Beach, CA, c. 1930.


Los Angeles architect S. Charles Lee (1899-1990) remodeled the Fox Long Beach Theatre in 05-06/1931; the theatre was again remodeled in the 1950s to accommodate a CinemaScope screen;


The West Coast Theatre in Long Beach was razed in 01/1987.

PCAD id: 4343