Now under renovation, the Fox Theater was in its heyday quite a place. In fact, when they showed the first public showing for Gone With The Wind, it was here in 1939. It has been the object of a long fought battle about its restoration. The city finally used eminent domain to force the sale from then owner H.J. Zivnak.
Now the city is turning it into a 1600 seat performing arts center. In January of last year the city gave a $30 million contract for its renovation. The contract is supposed to be completed in 21 months. That would put completion sometime around Oct or Nov of this year. The Architect, when he showed plans to the City Council had a vision of returning the Fox to its Original Style.
Any historical artifacts are rumored to have been removed and disposed of. There was an article in 2005 that thieves had broken in to the building and stolen the handmade 1920s era spanish tiles and three spanish style chandeliers. When the reconstruction began, the builders tore a huge hole in the wall where the screen was and tore out everything.
The Nederlander Organization, which owns the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles has been reported to be interested in putting Broadway-style shows at a refurbished Fox.
Here are reflections of the Fox from some of the Buildings that are in the downtown area. I will try to get some better pics of the building under construction.
Thanks for looking.