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Cinedomes
Orange, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Yes, the rumors are true... the beloved Century Cinedomes will soon be no more. Remnants of an era just past, the Cinedomes were once THE place to go for a first run movie. But as times change and placeholders in history such as the Cinedomes become closed chapters. Northern California still has a few left.

 

 

Fox Theatre 1 (Closed)
Inglewood, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

There was once not just one but two Fox Theatres in the city of Inglewood. However, the deco Fox Cinema II was demolished recently and the main Fox (pictured on the left) looks to be very threatened.

 

Fox Theatre 2 (Demolished)
Inglewood, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Hopefully, this theatre will be graced with an audience once again. Doesn't appear likely though.

 

 

Fox Theatre
Pomona, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's the Fox Pomona theater with its deco styled look. The Fox sign on top still proudly proclaims the theaters heritage to passersby.

 

 

Mayfair Theatre (Demolished)
Ventura, CA
Photo and info courtesy Russ Havens

The Mayfair Theatre is a 1940's era theatre complete with streamline deco elements. Or was. Designed by renowned  architect S. Charles Lee, the Mayfair was taken down in August 2004. While everyone knew it was a treasure, the results of a fire rendered the building unusable. 01-06

 

 

Fox Theatre (Demolished)
Covina, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Fox Theatre of Covina was once one of the central points of new blockbuster hits in the San Gabriel Valley. But alas, the standing room only crowds dwindled and by the late 80's, the Fox Covina became better known as a good place to throw popcorn at empty seats. This theater began showing Indian movies in the early 90's, but its recent status is closed and fate unknown.

See Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures feature on the Fox Theatre of Covina.

 

UPDATE 2004 : The Fox Theatre in Covina as well as much of the block has been demolished.

 

 

Fox Theatre (Closed)
Venice, CA
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

This old Fox Theatre has now been converted into an indoor swap meet. At the last the large vertical facade still remains, though its heyday as a golden movie theatre seems to be long gone.

 

 

 

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