Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater
2001 H Street,
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Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater (Official)
Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres
Architects: Simeon Charles Lee
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Similar in style to the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, this Fox Theater is a beautiful example of the Mission Revival style on the outside. It was originally built in the Atmospheric style tradition on the inside with the illusion of half buildings built into the side-walls for maximum effect and twinkling stars in the blue ceiling.
The theater was opened on December 24, 1930 with El Brendel in “Just Imagine”. It was equipped with a Robert Morton 2 manual 16 ranks organ.
In 1952 an earthquake occurred, but the theater still held up.
In 1953, the Mediterranean Village Atmospheric style interior was replaced with a contemporary Art Deco motif inspired by Fox West Coast Theaters' Charles P. Skouras, and a concession stand was added, along with a remodel of the marquee, box office and main entrance. The Fox Theater was closed as a movie theater in 1977. It briefly reopened in 1983-1984. It remained shuttered until June 28, 1994 when it was taken over by The Fox Theater Foundation, who saved it from demolition. Restoration began on July 1, 1994.
In the 2000’s the Fox Theater was restored and reopened as a live concert venue and showcase for classic film. In January 2022 plans were announced to raise funds to purchase and install a Wurlitzer organ.
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