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This page affords you a preview of additional theatres we’re currently working on and will soon add to this website.

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American Southwest
Fox Tucson Theatre

Fox Tucson Theatre

First Opened: 11th April 1930
Photoshoot Completed: 27th August 2019

The Fox Tucson Theatre opened on April 11, 1930, as a dual vaudeville/movie house. The Fox featured a stage, full fly-loft, and dressing rooms beneath the stage. The combined effects of “talkies” and the Depression limited the opportunities for live performance, and the dressing rooms were never completed.


Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix

Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix

First Opened: 5th January 1929
Photoshoot Completed: 28th August 2019

Opened on January 5, 1929, it was the pride of Phoenix, a town of 48,000. It had 1,800 seats and an early form of air conditioning, which made it the place to see and be seen in the city! Its 101 feet of stage width and 28 feet of depth made the Orpheum the only theatre between Los Angeles and Denver able to handle the traveling vaudeville shows that changed weekly.




California (outside the L.A. Metro area)
Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara

Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara

First Opened: 22nd May 1931
Photoshoot Completed: 19th September 2019

The Arlington Theatre is the largest movie theatre in Santa Barbara, and was built in 1931 by Fox West Coast Theatres. Although the theatre has undergone several renovations, it retains its atmospheric Mexican-Courtyard style. The theatre is home to a 4-manual, 27-rank Robert-Morton organ, one of only five “Wonder Morton” theatre organs to have been built.


Balboa Theatre, San Diego

Balboa Theatre, San Diego

First Opened: 28th March 1924
Photoshoot Completed: 23rd October 2019

Opened in 1924 as a vaudeville theatre and movie palace, architect William H. Wheeler designed the Balboa in a combination of Moorish and Spanish Revival styles. Wheeler incorporated 20ft-high waterfalls into the auditorium, flanking the proscenium arch and helping to assist with air cooling within the theatre. The Balboa underwent an extensive renovation in 2005 and reopened in 2008.


Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara

Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara

First Opened: 9th April 1924
Photoshoot Completed: 19th September 2019

The Granada Theatre is Santa Barbara’s oldest standing movie palace and the tallest building in the city. Opened in May 1924, the Granada famously survived the devastating earthquake of 1925. A major renovation took place in the early 2000s, and in 2008 the theatre reopened as the destination for large-scale touring productions, and the new home for multiple Santa Barbara-resident companies including the Santa Barbara Symphony and Opera Santa Barbara.


Observatory North Park, San Diego

Observatory North Park, San Diego

First Opened: 17th January 1929
Photoshoot Completed: 8th October 2019

Opened as the North Park Theatre in early 1929 by Fox West Coast Theatres, it was touted as the first theatre in the U.S. to be designed from its foundations upwards for the exhibiting of sound, synchronized, and talking pictures. In 2005 the theatre underwent a major renovation. It is now a popular and vibrant live entertainment and music venue.


San Diego Civic Theatre

San Diego Civic Theatre

First Opened: 12th January 1965
Photoshoot Completed: 8th October 2019

The San Diego Civic was designed by Lloyd Ruocco and is home to San Diego Opera. It has played host to the largest shows and concerts to visit San Diego over the last 50+ years. The Civic is the region’s largest and greatest-attended performing arts venue.




Los Angeles: Hollywood
Avalon Hollywood

Avalon Hollywood

First Opened: 24th January 1927
Photoshoot Completed: 21st August 2019

Originally opened as the Hollywood Playhouse in 1927, the theatre was the last of four major legitimate theatres to open in Hollywood in less than nine months. During the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, the building was the U.S. West Coast’s best-known TV theatre broadcasting shows such as “The Jerry Lewis Show” and “The Hollywood Palace”. It is now a popular live entertainment venue called “Avalon”.




Los Angeles: L.A. Metro Area
Alex Theatre, Glendale

Alex Theatre, Glendale

First Opened: 4th September 1925
Photoshoot Completed: 21st September 2019

The Alex Theatre opened in September 1925 as a movie theatre and vaudeville house called the Alexander Theatre. It was built by theatre magnate C.L. Langley, who named the theatre for his son Claude Alexander. Following various modernizations over its life, in 1993 the Alex was restored back to its 1925 glory.




New York
Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall

First Opened: 27th December 1932
Photoshoot Completed: 13th April 2018

Radio City Music Hall, nicknamed “the Showplace of the Nation”, opened in December 1932. The vast Art Deco music hall is part of the Rockefeller Center complex. Radio City seats 5,960 across four levels - the huge Orchestra level and three shallow mezzanines. The theatre’s elaborate stage elevator system was so advanced that the US Navy incorporated the design into World War II aircraft carriers, and stationed guards on-site during the war to keep prying eyes away.




Washington DC
The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center

First Opened: 8th September 1971
Photoshoot Completed: 1st June 2018

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (formally called the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts, and commonly referred to as the Kennedy Center) is the United States National Cultural Center, located on the Potomac River, adjacent to the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.




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