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ododson3 commented about Fox Performing Arts Center on Sep 9, 2006 at 4:39 pm

I grew up in Riverside from 1952 to 1964 when I left for college. I remember the Fox fondly. Walking from the box-office the 15 feet to the front doors, into the dim curving lobby with deep deep carpets, and then through the doors into the auditorium was intoxicating. But I remember most the huge movie screen. In proportion to the size of the auditorium, the screen was by far the largest I’ve ever seen. Sitting in the lower level, the screen towered over one with what felt like the height of a 5 or 6 story building. The screen was also wide, very wide. It was huge and overwhelming. Projection was excellent with a bright and steady image.

In the renovation, I hope above all else that the screen can be preserved at its full 1960 size.

After that, I would hope to see the thick carpets retained in the lobby, the deep dark lobby ceiling and light fixtures, and the interior as it was. BTW, I visited the Fox in the 80s and the screen and projection were still there as fine as ever, though the theatre was showing only Spanish language films.

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ododson3 commented about Arlington Theatre on Sep 9, 2006 at 3:52 pm

I grew up in Riverside and saw several movies at the Arlington, including my first viewing of “Gone With the Wind” in 1962. I also saw “Quo Vadis” there at about the same time. It was a pleasant theatre, small and on one level.

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ododson3 commented about Palladium Theatre on Sep 9, 2006 at 2:31 pm

I go often to rock (hardcore) shows there. The “upstairs” room is small and wonderful but I wonder what it was originally? It’s just above lobby level and lies under the floor of the main theatre. Anyone know what it was originally?

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ododson3 commented about De Anza Theatre on Sep 9, 2006 at 1:45 pm

I grew up in Riverside, 1952 to 1964 when I left for college. I went most often to the Fox and the Golden State but I did see several films at the DeAnza. I remember “The Ten Commandments” with Charlton Heston most of all. Seeing the photographs of the DeAnza remind me of how dramatic a building it was. Does anyone else remember the DeAnza from the 50s?