Redwood City in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
New Sequoia/Fox Theatre
Former site of the Central Grammar School
—The Path of History —
The “New Sequoia Theatre” opened with great fanfare in 1929, replacing the old Sequoia Theatre that was located down the street, near what is now Jefferson Avenue. It was one of the area’s finest “atmospheric” movie palaces. The interior boasted a stage and loft for vaudeville performances, a pipe organ considered to be the second best in the country, and a machine that could project moving clouds and twinkling stars across the ceiling. The entire block complex cost an estimated $300.000 – a phenomenal amount in 1928.
The theatre was purchased by the Fox West Coast chain in 1929 and eventually renamed the Fox Theatre after a brief closing for repairs in 1950. The building, designed by noted theatre architects Reid & Reid is a stylized
Erected by Redwood Historic Resources Advisory Committee.
Location. 37° 29.184′ N, 122° 13.768′ W. Marker is in Redwood City, California, in San Mateo County. Marker is on Broadway Street west of Jefferson Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2223 Broadway Street, Redwood City CA 94063, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fox Theater (a few steps from this marker); Old San Mateo County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Sequoia Union High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Site of Sequoia High School (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named "Old" San Mateo County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); California Square (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named California Square (about 500 feet away); Embarcadero Turning Basin Site (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Redwood City.
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment •
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