Fox Florence Theatre

1536 E. Florence Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90001

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JerryP on May 11, 2015 at 4:20 pm

I went to the Fox Florence in the early 1950s and it was located a half block east of Compton Ave on the south side of Florence. There was shops around the courtyard as you went in, but by the 1950s they were closed. I remember they had raffles and I won a toy bow and arrow there. By the late 1950s it was looking run down and the neighborhood changed and TV came in and people stayed home.

kencmcintyre on August 15, 2007 at 6:25 am

I don’t think it’s listed. Is that one also called the Florencita?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 15, 2007 at 5:55 am

There was another Florence Theatre, built in 1921 on Moneta Avenue (South Broadway) near 72nd Street. It was listed under that name in a 1924 city directory. I don’t know if it’s on CT under another name or not.

kencmcintyre on August 15, 2007 at 5:15 am

Listed as the Fox West Coast in the 1938 city directory.

kencmcintyre on July 3, 2007 at 11:16 pm

Opening date was 4/8/32.

kencmcintyre on July 3, 2007 at 11:06 pm

There is a Rite Aid store on the site now.

kencmcintyre on May 10, 2007 at 10:58 pm

Two from the CA State Library on this page:

Nean024 on September 11, 2006 at 3:33 am

For some info about the Fox Florence and its architect, see Maggie Valentine’s book “The Show Starts on the Sidewalk: An Architectural History of the Movie Theatre Starring S. Charles Lee.” He did indeed work for a time for Rapp and Rapp.

I am writing an architectural history Masters thesis on California theatres with courtyard entrances, using the Fox Florence, SB’s Arlington, and Palo Alto’s Varsity Theatre as examples. Right now the discussion rests upon the convergence of Spanish Revival style trends and exotic theatre design in CA in the later ‘20s and early '30s, local architectural context, and practical conditions for the use of courtyards (ie to place auditoriums farther back on the lot, works with climate, etc.). Any insights into this seemingly rare typology would be welcomed.

kencmcintyre on October 25, 2005 at 12:58 am

Here is a short bio from a Fresno website. Apparently the architect worked for Rapp and Rapp at an early age. I couldn’t tell you if they are correct.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 5, 2004 at 10:06 pm

The Fox Florence Theater opened on 8th April 1932 with Leo Carrillo and Lupe Valez staring in “The Broken Wing”.

Corrections required to the headers for this theater:
I have never heard of Architect; S. Charles Lee working with the Firm; Rapp & Rapp. The Architectural Style should read; Spanish Colonial Revival. There was only one balcony in the theater.

kd6dkc on March 4, 2004 at 6:17 pm

Seeing movies at the Fox Florence was a real treat for me as a youngster, mainly due to the impressive styling and the fish pond in the forecourt. My strongest memory of this theater is seeing 1947’s “The Red House,” starring Edward G. Robinson, and being very scared by that woodsy-noir thriller (I was eight or nine at the time). I also saw “Casablanca” there but it must have been a re-release, a popular distribution gimmick around the time of the Korean Conflict.

William on November 12, 2003 at 11:44 pm

The Fox Florence Theatre was located at 1536 E. Florence Ave. and it seated 1707 people.

JustOldBob on October 22, 2002 at 9:08 pm

The theatre was located on the south side of Florence Avenue, about a half to three quarters of a block east of Hooper Avenue.

JustOldBob on October 22, 2002 at 9:05 pm

While living within a couple blocks of Hooper Avenue and Florence Avenue, I went to the Fox Florence Theatre many times in the 1940’s. As stated above, it had a courtyard, and the doors to the showing part of the theatre were large, I would say at least four of them. There were pillars indoors just below the balcony. I don’t know how many balconies it had, but it was a grand theatre, and had some live acts come on stage at different times. One person told me that Milton Berle was there once in the late 1940’s. This theatre served a much diversified clientele. Saturday was kids day. Serials, give-aways and the like.