The Fox Wilshire Theatre first opened its doors on September 19, 1930, welcoming in Depression weary movie goers for the premiere of the Marx Brothers classic “Animal Crackers”. The Theatre was considered one of the most opulent theaters built in Southern California and stands today as one of the few remaining intact Art Deco Theatres.
The Theatre is now threatened by construction of the MTA Westside Subway Extension, which will tear up the sidewalks traversed by Hollywood royalty for over 8 decades, threatens the Theatre marquee and imperils the continued existence of the Theatre. The Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is entitled to protection from MTA’s activities. MTA stands indifferent to the threat it brings to this community jewel and one of the few surviving remnants of the golden age of Hollywood.
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