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Adam Martin
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 - posted February 08, 2004 07:04 PM      Profile for Adam Martin   Author's Homepage   Email Adam Martin         Edit/Delete Post 
There is a non-profit group actively working to save this theater.

Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation
(714) 607-0884
www.SaveTheFox.org

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Adam Martin
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 - posted February 13, 2004 02:01 PM      Profile for Adam Martin   Author's Homepage   Email Adam Martin         Edit/Delete Post 
From an email dated Feb 13, 2004:

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Incredible News!

The Fullerton City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency, will convene at their 4 PM session on Tuesday, February 17, to discuss:

“CHALLENGE GRANT TO THE FULLERTON HISTORIC THEATRE FOUNDATION FOR THE ACQUISITION AND REHABILITATION OF THE FOX THEATRE

---The purpose of this item is to consider offering a contingent, "challenge" grant to the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation (FHTF) in support of their effort to acquire and restore the Fullerton Fox Theatre.

Recommendation by the Redevelopment and Economic Development Department:

---Set aside and commit funds to cover fifty percent of the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation's cost to acquire the Fullerton Fox Theatre subject to FHTF meeting the performance requirements set out in the agenda letter; and that the participation be limited to not exceed $1.65 million.”

We need as many people as possible to be present at the council meeting to show their support! This is the first item after the “consent calendar”, so please arrive early. City Hall is at 303 W. Commonwealth. Please also call or write the council ahead (714-738-6311 Council@ci.fullerton.ca.us) to let them know that the community wholeheartedly supports their approval of this item. They are to be commended for their rapid response to our requests to “do something” about the Fox. The council seems very favorable to the concept of a challenge grant, so in order to respect everyone’s time at the actual council meeting, we are planning on a limited number of speakers. Of course, at some point in the meeting we would like to acknowledge the dozens?? hundreds?? of Fox supporters in the audience!

As you know, our goal is to raise $3.5 million dollars by November 2004 in order to purchase the Fox and prevent it from being demolished. We hope to raise an additional $1.5 million to start the restoration process immediately in order to stabilize the buildings and bring the theatre back as soon as possible as a center for independent/classic film and performing arts.

Please let your friends and neighbors know that if this item passes, every donation to the Fox effort will be doubled in value! Donations can be made on-line or mailed in from the form at our website, www.SaveTheFox.org, or call us for a brochure/form. Donations are fully tax-deductible, and there is also the option of making your contribution as a pledge; we would only “call” your pledge when enough funds have been raised to assure purchase of the buildings, anticipated to be sometime between April and November. Some of you may even have an opportunity to have your employer match your gift; this is an opportunity to have your gift magnified by four times! We invite you to call or e-mail us with any questions you have about donating to the project.

Please join us after the council meeting for our 7 pm Volunteer Orientation at Plush Design Lab + Café, 207 N. Harbor Blvd., between Wilshire and Amerige, in downtown Fullerton.


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Dan Lyons
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Bump!

12 days left! Not looking good if you ask me...

Shame too. The theatre is located in a thriving downtown that has a huge nightlife going on. The area is also very safe and surrounded by fairly expensive homes.

This is NOT some theatre sitting vacant in the "bad part of town" like so many old singles screens are.

danny

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Gordon Bachlund
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 - posted November 06, 2004 05:04 PM      Profile for Gordon Bachlund   Email Gordon Bachlund         Edit/Delete Post 
The Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation is still alive and fighting. Tonight at 6PM (11/7/04) KABC-TV news will air a segment on a Charlie Chaplain impersonator who did a fund raising gig at the Fox. For updates visit www.savethefox.org.

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Jeff Arellano
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In Today's LATimes:

November 9, 2004 E-mail story Print


Fox Theater Rescue Effort Gains a Day


From a Times Staff Writer

Fullerton preservationists raising money to save the Fox Theatre received a day's extension Monday and now have until Wednesday morning to reach their goal.

After a weekend that brought in about $50,000 in pledges, preservationists still fell short, said Jane Reifer of the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation.


The Fox Theatre owner is asking about $3.5 million for the building at Harbor Boulevard and Chapman Avenue. The city has pledged $1.6 million.

Pledges and contributions are being collected at the foundation office and at the theater.

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Gordon Bachlund
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Another reprieve! The Foundation's new deadline is November 19. While this is good news, they are still over $600,000 short, but plans are afoot for staffing donation tables in front of the theatre 24 hours a day until November 19. These folks are wonderfully dedicated and deserve al the support they can muster.

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Gordon Bachlund
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Good news....as of this afternoon the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation has achieved - actually exceeded - its goal and the theatre will be saved.

Special congratulations are due to Jane Reifer and her volunteers who managed to realize the "impossible dream."

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Jeff Arellano
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That is awesome news. Im glad this historic theatre can be saved and used for the community.

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William Hooper
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Go Fullerton Theatre ppls!

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Dan Lyons
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Fantastic [Smile] Too bad their website hasn't been updated to show that.

I really wish they had some pics of the interior up online. From what i've seen looking through the broken windows and boards, the place is full of debris, mold, and birds. You probably would need a hazmat suit and respirator to go inside. eek!

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Gordon Bachlund
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Danny, their website is very much up to date.

Visit www.savethefox.org where you will find a plethora of information including interior and exterior photos, the theatre's history, details of the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation organization, and even the list of donors who have helped.

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Adam Martin
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Every time I've gone to the Save The Fox website to find out what is going on with the efforts, the information has not been updated.

Of all people, I can empathize with trying to keep a website up-to-date, but when there's a city council meeting one night that they're making a HUGE deal about, I expect an update the next morning on the website. I just haven't seen that happening.

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William Hooper
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quote:
The great folks at the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) have found what may be the perfect replacement Pipe Organ for the Fox Fullerton from the Fox in Salinas, CA.
ATOS is the national umbrella for all the regional chapters of the ATOS. ATOS does a lot of great work providing resources, coordination, etc., but the actual work is done by the local chapter. You need to find out the name of the local chapter of the ATOS which is doing this, & give them the credit. They're doing it.

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We will hear back from our architects (Westlake, Reed, Leskosky) to make sure this is the right organ for the Fox,
WHOA, HOLD ON, STOP! The architects know NOTHING about the requirements for installing a theatre organ. They're also not the ones to go to to install a projection booth. Even those architects which do a "crash course" so that they can make pronouncements are so far off the mark that they've screwed up or made impossible MANY an installation. This needs to be coordinated between the local ATOS chapter tech guys who'll be doing the installation & the architects, with the theatre group in on the meeting to mediate. Dadgum architects will spec the blower going in the pipe chamber, 10 AWG negative returns, minuscule chamber openings, etc. This is NOT an architect's call for spec. This is the organ tech's specs being presented to the architect. You have just described a unknowing mistake of putting the architect in charge of the organ installation that has ALWAYS been a disaster the MANY times that it has mistakenly been assumed by the theater that it's done that way.

[ July 25, 2005, 09:01 AM: Message edited by: Adam Martin ]

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