Fonda Theatre

6126 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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rivest266 on March 15, 2021 at 12:58 pm

Started its Spanish-language policy on June 4th, 1979. Grand opening ad posted.

DavidZornig on August 4, 2020 at 3:34 pm

January 1983 Flickr image.

rivest266 on October 29, 2019 at 5:50 pm

The Pix held a reopening on November 19th, 1969 with a street parade from the Cinerama Dome with 200 skydivers diving from a plane at 5500 feet up. Another ad posted.

rivest266 on October 21, 2019 at 5:03 pm

Also uploaded the May 25th, 1954 grand opening ad as New Fox and the September 30th, 1959 grand opening ad as the Pix.

rivest266 on October 19, 2019 at 3:23 pm

and opened again as Guild on February 1st, 1945. Another ad posted.

rivest266 on September 29, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Reopened as Pix on November 26th, 1944.

DavidZornig on June 9, 2019 at 11:18 am

1978 Firestone Super Stones print ad added, tied into “Grease” at the Pix Theatre.

moviebear1 on July 26, 2017 at 12:37 am

I am still amazed that it was called the FOX for 2 years before becoming the PIX and yet there are no photos of the marquee from it’s FOX years. Anyone out there have some pictues?

DavidZornig on November 24, 2015 at 7:33 pm

Jeff Lynne’s ELO, 11/23/15 photo added, photo credit Matthew Schulz.

DavidZornig on April 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm

The Fonda Theatre status should be changed to Open. It is a live music venue and available for private events. Website below.

johngleeson on April 15, 2012 at 5:31 am

I saw The War Wagon at the Pix. The walls were covered with maroon drapes and the screen seemed bigger than would fit on the stage – possibly it was constructed forward of the proscenium.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on January 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Thanks for that good-news update, CTCrouch!

CTCrouch on January 7, 2012 at 2:36 am

The closure was the end result of a legal dispute between the property owners and the theatre’s, now former, operator; naturally, each side has a different take on the scenario. However, the property owners are actively seeking a new operator and are committed to reopening as soon as possible. This is NOT a case of a site which doesn’t make money and there are no plans to operate it as anything other than a live theatre.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on January 7, 2012 at 1:12 am

MJuggler, that really stinks!

MJuggler on January 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Just read that it is closed!

Bill H
Bill H on October 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Today this theater first opened its doors for business 85 years ago in 1926 !!

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on July 6, 2011 at 4:26 am

Of course, the theater was originally named for the father of movie star Gloria De Haven. Does anyone know if she’s active in the preservation/restoration plans?

DonSolosan on November 13, 2010 at 6:16 pm

You’re fast, Hollywood — I just got home from the event! Great pictures, by the way.

DonSolosan on November 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Here’s our Insider’s Peek of the Music Box.

DonSolosan on October 30, 2010 at 1:23 am

They’ve dropped Henry Fonda from the marquee and name. It’s just The Music Box now.

As for restoring the theater, they’ve done quite a bit of work in the past year. Thaddeus Smith gave us a tour the other day and pointed out several areas where they had uncovered the original stencils, lobby ceiling, the “speakeasy,” etc., and in a few places they have preserved these as they are so people can see the history. Other changes they have made are easily reversible. The best of adaptive reuse.

The LAHTF will be presenting an All About on November 13th, 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to this event. We are also trying to arrange to go into the old Hawaii a block to the east (this is now a Salvation Army church).

The good news is that they’re very busy (36 events booked in October alone; 81 for the next 3 months), which will make it easier for them to preserve the building.

DonSolosan on October 25, 2010 at 12:50 am

Bruce, we get that you’re disappointed about the neon. You don’t have to post the same message every year!

William on July 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Here is the new link to their site.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 28, 2010 at 2:28 pm

The original facade is still there, hidden away. A couple of years ago I was speaking to the current operators, who were hoping to restore the theatre back to its original appearance. Sadly, that hasn’t happened yet……

vokoban on July 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I wonder if the original facade of the building is buried somewhere under the current facade.