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Posted by Bob Childs on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 18:36:14 :

In Reply to: Fox Theatre posted by Miriam Ward on Friday, July 08, 2005 at 00:30:20 :

: It was quite an experience for me when I was a child to go to the magnificent Fox Theatre on Market St. to see "The Ten Commandments".The movie was spectacular in a spectacular movie theatre.I remember going to the restroom there with all of the marble on the floors and feeling like I was in a palace.There was a sitting room there grandly appointed in luxurious fabrics.I remember lots of dark red rich fabrics throughout the building.

Who could ever forget the Fox Theatre. The original go for baroque movie palace, probably the grandest on the west coast. There were not only dark rich red fabrics. but all the curtains and drapes were real silk, (no polyester in 1929) heavily corruscated with real gold embroidery. There was. of course, the mighty Wurlitzer organ in the main auditoriur and a Moller classic organ in the balcony over the grand staircase. It was built by William Fox in 1929 and was a loser from the start. With the depression, the house was dark for 2 years. It finlly re-opened but never really made money. It sat 4600 and was never really filled. The Hayes Valley Creek ran under it and a pump had to be kept going day and night so the basement didn't flood. It was finally torn down in 1963.

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