Fox Burlingame Theatre

1415 Burlingame Avenue,
Burlingame, CA 94010

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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres, Peninsula Theatres Company

Architects: William Day, Charles Peter Weeks

Firms: Weeks and Day

Styles: Spanish Baroque

Previous Names: New Peninsula Theatre, Peninsula Theatre

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Fox Peninsula Theatre proscenium

Opened as the New Peninsula Theatre on October 12, 1926, it was built for and operated by the Peninsula Theatres Company chain. It lit-up downtown with a 3,500-bulb marquee. It was equipped with a Robert Morton 3 manual 13 ranks theatre pipe organ. It was renamed Fox Burlingame Theatre on August 16, 1954. The organ was removed from the theatre in 1958 and installed in the Marin Pizza Pub, San Rafael, CA.

The Fox Burlingame Theatre was closed in 1974 and was destroyed in 1975, being replaced by a shopping mall.

Contributed by Jim Crowl

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

William on October 16, 2002 at 8:23 am

When the Fox Peninsula opened in the early 30’s it seated 2000 people. By the mid 50’s, the Peninsula had been reseated to 1808 people. It was located at 1415 Burlingame Ave.

GaryParks on October 16, 2002 at 1:53 pm

The architects were Weeks & Day, who also designed the California (Fox California) currently being restored in San Jose.

The Peninsula was ornately Spanish Baroque in style, featuring staircases in the lobby ascending between pillars inset with mosaic-like panels depicting animals. The auditorium featured a massive plasterwork proscenium, and arched organ chamber fronts.

For many years, the theatre’s roof featured a two-sided lightbulb sign, with incandescent fireworks, similar to that which still survives atop Oakland’s Grand Lake theatre.

HowieT on December 10, 2003 at 8:33 am

One of my dearest friends, since passed away, started his movie
theater career as an usher at the Fox Burlingame. He told me the
stories of packed auditoriums of up to 2000 seats! Many times
the lobby and upper stairwells would be full of patrons waiting
for the next film to end before they would rush in for their
seats. I asked him, “Did ushers ever pick up trash and papers
between shows?” He said “Impossible, the shows were continuous
pretty much without much of any intermission.” His name was
WARD STOOPES who in later years became in independent movie
theater owner and operated several houses in San Francisco
including the YORK and many others during the 60’s and 70’s.
His last running venue was the old ENCORE THEATER located
around the corner from the Fox Burlingame. It was also run
in its early years as a FOX WEST COAST THEATER – but with
secondary features and under a different name.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 5, 2004 at 1:02 pm

The Fox Burlingame Theater (formally Peninsula Theater) was closed in 1974.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 5, 2004 at 1:35 pm

The Peninsula Theater opened on 12th October 1926. On screen was Norma Shearer in “Upstage”. Charlie Chase appeared ‘in person’ and the Robert-Morton theatre organ was played by Elbert LaChelle and Elmer Vincent. Milt Franklin and his “Musical Aristocats” were the house band.

larrygoldsmith on February 13, 2009 at 6:55 pm

How well I remember Ward Stoopes, he was a true showman. During the 70’s, he was working for National General Theatres in the maintenance dept. He and Marvin Atkinson did all the theatre maint. for the SF/Bay Area NGT. I was managing the Fox Skyline at the time. Ward and I became such good friends. At the time, he was struggling to keep the Encore Theatre in Burlingame going. He eventually had to close it and was he heartbroken. I lost track of Ward after I left the Fox in 75. Was so disturbed to hear he had passed away. He will always remain in my thoughts.

rivest266 on July 11, 2015 at 11:58 am

October 12th, 1926 grand opening ad in photo section

rivest266 on July 11, 2015 at 3:36 pm

August 16th, 1954 reopening as Fox in photo section.

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