AKA: Fox West Coast Theatres Corporation, Fox Senator Theater, Sacramento, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Hemmings and Starks, Architects (firm); Starks, Leonard F., Architect (firm); Edward Charles Hemmings (architect); Leonard Frank Starks (architect)

Dates: constructed 1923-1924, demolished 1977

912 K Street
Downtown, Sacramento, CA 95814

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Building History

Architect Leonard F. Starks erected the The Fox Senator from two existing theaters, on L and K Streets; the L Street theater was the larger of the two. Starks, who had worked in New York, NY, for the firm of Thomas W. Lamb (1871–1942), practiced with E. C. Hemmings during 1923-1924. The Scotsman Lamb was a leading theatre designer east of the Mississippi River during the 1910s-1920s. The Fox Senator opened on 09/29/1924.

The main facade at 912 K Street had a Colonial Revival character embodied by its balustrade and pedimented gable windows.

Building Notes

The Fox Senator housed 2,500 movie-goers, the largest of the 1920s movie palaces in Sacramento, CA. It was a remodeling joining two previous buildings, one at 912 K Street and the other on L Street. The Trianon Ballroom once occupied the second floor of the 912 K Street portion. This was also known as the Palm Grove Ballroom.


The Fox Senator Theatre was torn down in 08/1977.

PCAD id: 768