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Fox Theatre Reopens with Glory in Riverside

January 26, 2010

Last year I reported for KPCC on the reopening of the Fox Theatre in Pomona. Built in 1931, it was the place to see a movie if you weren’t in Hollywood. It’s where I saw movies as a kid, including Cat Ballou. It fell into disrepair, became a church and home to raves until developers and the city did what they should have done years earlier.

The LA Times this morning reports on the recent reopening of the Fox Theatre in Riverside. The city poured a lot of money into it as part of a major redevelopment project. These projects pay off by giving residents a stronger sense of community pride, the city more tourist dollars, and arts organizations and performers another place to stage a show. I’m not necessarily a proscenium-hugging preservationist, but I’m thrilled to see yet another Fox reopen.  Follow the link to David Ng’s story.

Photo by Peter Cooper


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  1. Hank Boerenko permalink
    February 2, 2010 9:10 am

    My fondest memory of the old theater occured over 40 years ago. Sister Francis took our first grade class to see the Sound of Music. We sat in the massive balcony and I thought I never make it to top of the staircase. I can still picture the the bigger-than-life screen and sitting in the crush, red velvet seats. During this time, Riverside had many great theaters, for example; the DeAnza and Arlington, but the Fox theater was the biggest.

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