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Ron Pierce

Posts: 59
From: Tustin, CA
Registered: Feb 2003

 - posted April 20, 2005 07:45 PM      Profile for Ron Pierce   Email Ron Pierce         Edit/Delete Post 
This E-Mail was sent out by the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation:


The Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation (FHTF) has had a busy winter making great progress in putting the "old girl on 512 N. Harbor Blvd." back together again! The Fox Theatre has finally begun to get some of the TLC she desperately has needed since her closing in 1986.

Below are some of the recent accomplishments by the FHTF and its great group of volunteers.

1. We closed Escrow on January 25th, 2005. After years of planning, meeting, cajoling, rallying, and begging, the Fox was saved from the wrecking ball with the official transfer of title to the FHTF. Thank you Fullerton!

2. PHASE 1 Begins! The FHTF's agreement with the City's Redevelopment Agency is divided up into phases and PHASE 1 is the "Stabilization of the Fox Theatre and the Tea Room Building" including:

a. Painting the exterior of the buildings;
b. Replacing the glass in all the boarded up windows and glass doors;
c. Securing the buildings from trespassers and vandalism;
d. Addressing the mold damage in the buildings to prevent further damage prior to construction;
e. Cleaning the drains and repairing roof leaks; and
f. Removing trash, debris and weeds.

The project is on track and we expect to complete PHASE 1 ahead of schedule, before June 30th, 2005!

3. Implementation of Committee Structure. With a project as large as the Fox's rehabilitation and operation, there are many detailed areas to focus on. The FHTF, with its volunteers, created sub-committees for the Fox's Marketing, History, Construction, Grant Writing, and Information Services. These groups immediately began working and are making great progress!

4. Exterior Cleanup. Members of the famous "Tenderfoot Brigade", who braved long nights and days rallying in front of the Fox for last minute donations back in November, braved a new challenge in February.....vines! Armed with chainsaws, machetes, trimmers, scissor lifts and good ol' elbow grease, The Brigade tackled decades of vegetation gone wild to uncover the Tea Room's exterior walls! It's coming - - a temporary, but new, paint job on the Fox in the near future!

5. Environmental Abatement Begins. After the good folks at Winzler & Kelly Consulting Engineers in Anaheim completed their testing for mold, asbestos and lead paint materials, Tri Span Environmental abatement contractors in Brea began an initial two-week project and donated the removal of hazardous materials in the courtyard as well as a large percentage of the Fox's interior. This represents a significant cost savings to the Fox project and is in line with its in-kind initiatives over the entire project.

6. Roof Repaired. Just about the time the horrendous weather is behind us, the Fox's roof will be in the best shape it's been in for almost 20 years! Our thanks goes to Hunt Brothers Roofing in Fullerton. They have been busy patching, repairing, and rebuilding the roofs on the Fox's auditorium, stage house, and Tea Room buildings. This also was an in-kind donation.

7. Construction Power Installed. Browning Electric in Fullerton has installed a complete, temporary power system that allows for lights and construction equipment to be used in the Fox. It's great to see lights on the amazing murals, ornate proscenium arch, and fabulous chandeliers once again. Thanks Ron!

8. Pre-Development Begins. Architects, engineers, consultants, etc., are already touring the Fox to begin the proposal process to be selected to work on this great project. The quality of the interested firms is staggering, but the Fox deserves the best. FHTF plans to have a qualified architectural firm selected during the PHASE 1 work, even though it is part of PHASE 2.

9. Restoration Painter Retained. Jeff Green of Evergreen Studios in New York has been retained to inventory and consult on the restoration of the Fox's wonderful art and artifacts. His is the only firm allowed to work on the murals in the United States Capitol Building. Mr. Green has visited the Fox twice already this year.

10. First $100,000 Challenge Reached! Back in November, the Fox was pulled from almost certain destruction by a last minute donation of $700,000 from an anonymous donor who promised another $300,000 as a challenge grant for additional monies brought in after November 19th. As of Monday, April 11, 2005, the FHTF exceeded the first $100,000 match and will be receiving the funds soon. Thank you "Clarence"!


"Fox Trot" - April 27th, 2005 - Come out on Wednesday night for The Fox! Select establishments in downtown Fullerton will be donating a portion of their proceeds to put the Fox back together again. Plan to visit more than one and pick up playing cards to win prizes at this "Vegas" theme promotion. Participating establishments include Back Alley Bar & Grill, Florentine's Downtown Grill, McClain's, Mulberry Street Ristorante, Plush Design Lab/Café, Stadium Tavern, The Olde Ship, Spadra Ristorante, Continental Room, Heroes Café, Café Hidalgo, Tuscany Club, Big Slice, Roman Cucina and Branagan's Irish Pub. Volunteers are needed! (714) 870-0069.

"Fox Clean-Up Work" - April 23rd, 2005 and every other weekend. Come out, bring your hard hat and gloves and get dirty puttin' our old gal back together! A short safety seminar is required. After the seminar, you'll be certified and wearing our new (forthcoming) worker I.D. badges. Work starts at 9:00 a.m. For those of you who need to attend the Safety seminar, it will begin at
8:30 a.m. Check your emails, or check with the office, for further updates or changes.

"Night In Fullerton" - April 29th, 2005. Stop by the Fox Marque to see Fox Theatre art, pictures, and some great new video projects!

"Second Annual Hollywood In Fullerton" - June 24th, 2005. Come join Fullerton's only Hollywood themed Gala at the Spring Field Conference Center. Great food and spirits supplied by Stadium Tavern, Florentines Downtown Grill, The Ultimate Affair, and more. A fabulous show has been planned themed after the years 1925 through1935 by some very creative artistic and technical professionals. There will be silent auctions, live auctions, fun, frolic, red carpets, sequins, and more! Save the date! Stay tuned for upcoming news!

Ticket Prices: $60 for members; $75 for non-members; $85 at the door. Hours 7:00 to Midnight.
Volunteers, food, and other sponsors needed! Please call (714) 870-0069.

"Railroad Days" - May 7-8th, 2005. Come visit us and see great railroad themed silent movies in the "Mini Fox Theatre" tent set up at the event located in the Fullerton Transportation Center. (Amtrak Station!)

A big "thank you" to all of you who have contributed to the Fox's success! We have a long road ahead of us, but we are on a roll! For questions on how you can help, please call us. Cash donations, large and small, are much needed along with in-kind construction services and volunteer help.

Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation
131 W. Commonwealth Ave.
P.O. Box 6753
Fullerton, CA 92832

Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
(714) 870-0069 Fax: (714) 870-5123

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