One of my favorite things to do in my hometown is wear vintage and reproduction outfits to see classic movies at the historic Fox California Theater, also known as the Bob Hope Theater.
After a massive restoration conducted in the late 1990s and early 2000s, this gorgeous 1930 theater is a clean, bright, luminous connection to an earlier time. While you might see anyone from George Lopez to Tony Bennett headlining at the Fox, the best attractions are the ones that offer the visitor a connection to the theater’s roots as a mid 20th century movie palace – the monthly Friends of the Fox classic movie events featuring concerts on the 1928 Robert Morton theater organ!
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Last night’s Friends of the Fox event featured the tenth anniversary of the organ’s triumphant return to service and a screening of the 1942 Warner Brothers Bogart & Bergman classic “Casablanca.” I overdressed for the occasion, wearing my Green tulle Emma Domb gown with vintage rhinestone jewelry and long silk gloves. It’s not early-1940s, but it is vintage and it is impressive enough to honor such a beloved film.
In past months, I’ve worn 1940s vintage, a mid century scenic print sun dress, and numerous Trash Diva ensembles.
Below is a segment from Huell Howser’s iconic “California’s Gold” television show, which features the restored theater and organ.