Fox Theatre (Redwood City, California)

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Fox Theatre
New Sequoia Theater
Theatre building in totality with FOX marquee in red across front entrace.
Fox Theatre is located in San Francisco Bay Area
Fox Theatre
Fox Theatre
Fox Theatre is located in California
Fox Theatre
Fox Theatre
Fox Theatre is located in the US
Fox Theatre
Fox Theatre
Address 2215 Broadway Street
Redwood City, California
United States
Coordinates 37°29′11″N 122°13′47″W / 37.48632°N 122.22962°W / 37.48632; -122.22962Coordinates: 37°29′11″N 122°13′47″W / 37.48632°N 122.22962°W / 37.48632; -122.22962
Owner Peter Pau
Type Movie palace
Capacity 1,400
Screens 1
Current use Live event venue
Opened January 2, 1929 (1929-01-02)
Reopened 2010
Architect Reid & Reid
New Sequoia Theater Building
Area 0.6 acres (0.24 ha)
Built 1928; 90 years ago (1928)
Architect Reid & Reid
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
NRHP reference # 94000431[1]
Added to NRHP 5 May 1994

The Fox Theatre in Redwood City, CA opened in 1929, was remodeled in 1950, and was listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1994.[1]


The Fox Theatre opened its door to the public on January 2, 1929 as The New Sequoia Theater by Ellis John Arkursh to show motion pictures. Touring Europe Arkush gathered all of his favorite architectural details from various venues to create the Moorish feel and style on the inside and the gothic feel on the exterior which was executed beautifully by the Reid Brothers of San Francisco.

Used mainly for motion pictures, the theater was purchased by the Fox West Coast Chain only a few months after the opening and it continued to be used for movie attractions for a number of years until the theater was closed for renovations in June 1950 for 4 months before re-opening its doors September 1950 for live performances and shows.

After its renovations the theater became a popular venue for such artists as Vanessa Williams, Etta James, Bill Cosby, Neil Young, Melissa Ethridge, and BB King.

In 1993 the theater was inducted to the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

In 2009 the theater went into foreclosure owing unpaid taxes and mortgage payments.[2] Coast Capital Income Fund, one of the creditors, planned to auction off the property in October of that year.[3]

In the summer of 2010, the Fox Theatre Redwood City was purchased by local entrepreneurs Eric Lochtefeld and Lori Lochtefeld,[4] along with Eric’s company Dream Careers Inc. It was reopened in September 2010.[5]

In February 2017, it was announced that Peter Pau had acquired the theater.[6] The Lotchefeld's stated that they planned to continue to operate the theater for four more years and then retire after operating the theater continuously for ten years.[7]


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  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2013-11-02). "National Register Information System – New Sequoia Theater Building (#94000431)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  2. ^ Durand, Michelle (September 22, 2009). "Financial straits for Redwood City's Fox Theatre". San Mateo Daily Journal. Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  3. ^ Bishop, Shaun (October 17, 2009). "Redwood City council to discuss Fox Theatre as foreclosure auction nears". Daily Camera. Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  4. ^ Boyce, Dave (June 2, 2010). "Menlo Park native takes over at Fox Theatre". The Almanac. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  5. ^ "Fox Theatre Overview". Redwood City Fox Theatre. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  6. ^ Wood, Barbara (March 1, 2017). "Redwood City's Fox Theatre sold to Atherton businessman". Mountain View Voice. Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  7. ^ Orr, John (March 1, 2017). "Redwood City's Fox Theatre changing hands again". The Mercury News. Retrieved 2017-08-23. 

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