The Fox California Theater (T&D) opened in November, 1921. The original architect was A.W. Cornelius who also designed the California Theatre in Pittsburg, California and the California Theatre in Richmond, California. Though different, all three theatres had very similar Grecian facades.
The Salinas facade still exists, but was covered over in a remodel of the theatre in 1948. Newspaper photos clearly show the columns arched windows and statues being covered over by the "new" chevron design.
The interior and auditorium was remodeled along the Skouras line at the same time.
A previous remodel of the theatre saw the original interior gutted and replaced with an art deco theme. That plaster work still exists beneath the walls on either side of the stage and are visible from behind in the areas where the original organ (2 manual 14 rank Gschoeff "Chef") was installed.
Presently the Fox is completing renovations. The first floor has been built into three tiers and a stage. The entire first floor is banquet style seating. The first tier will be hardwood flooring while the second and third tiers will be carpeted. The second floor theater style seats have been completely replaced with new stadium style seats with cup holders. The entire inside of the theater has been completely repainted. Dual bars have been added upstairs and designed to match the Art Deco plaster and decor of the original sections. Many other areas in the theater have been restored keeping true to the original decor.
The theater will be used for various events including weddings, musical performances, comedy acts, and conventions.
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