The Riverside Fox Theater returns

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The Bulletin puts all the attention on the Pomona Fox, since that’s the one within the bounds of our coverage area, but Riverside recently restored its Fox theater too.

I hadn’t been there since its January reopening until last Friday, when the theater showed the Marx Brothers classic “Duck Soup” and then had the acclaimed Frank Ferrante doing his one-man Groucho show (well, two-man if you include accompanist Jim Furmston on piano). It wasn’t exactly well attended — it looked to me like about 400 people in the audience — but it was a fun show.

Here are a few (rather poor, I’m afraid) photos of the joint: the mezzanine (right), a false opera box with tiled stairway (below left), a light fixture with starburst in the auditorium (below right), and the interior and exterior (further below). I have to say, the $32 million renovation is beautiful.

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  • Dee

    The Fox is where “Gone with the Wind” was first shown to the public:

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    And the pictures were lovely! ;)

  • Doug Evans

    Here’s a review of the show from another blog:

    http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2010_05_08.html#018928

    What did you think?

    [I thought he took a long time to get to the point. Oh, you mean the show, not the review? The show was consistently funny and very Groucho-like. Maybe half an hour too long. Great ad-libs and audience interaction. The movie, of course, was genius. An enjoyable evening. -- DA]

  • George F.

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures. You have a very nice blog.