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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 —

 
New Sequoia/Fox Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 2, 2013
1. New Sequoia/Fox Theatre Marker
Inscription. This block of Broadway underwent a number of major changes during the first half of the twentieth century. It started out as the Central Grammar School in 1895 (legally named “Redwood City Public School”) shown at the left above. Part of a third floor building wing was set aside for the ninth grade, as nucleus for the proposed Sequoia High School. The town took great pride in this majestic building, and its central clock tower was a distinctive Downtown landmark. The building was torn down in 1928 to be replaced by the New Sequoia Theatre.

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
New Sequoia/Fox Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 2, 2013
2. New Sequoia/Fox Theatre
This photo was taken from the location of the marker.
Gothic design with traces of Spanish Colonial Revival ornamentation.
 
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.
 
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Fox Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 2, 2013
3. Fox Theatre
Fox Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 2, 2013
4. Fox Theatre
The location of the marker is behind the parked car on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 362 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 13, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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