New Sequoia/Fox Theatre

New Sequoia/Fox Theatre (HM16IG)

Location: Redwood City, CA 94063 San Mateo County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 29.184', W 122° 13.768'

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Former site of the Central Grammar School

— The Path of History —

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 Gothic design with traces of Spanish Colonial Revival ornamentation.
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HM NumberHM16IG
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Placed ByRedwood Historic Resources Advisory Committee
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 11:33pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 568120 N 4149111
Decimal Degrees37.48640000, -122.22946667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 29.184', W 122° 13.768'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 29' 11.04" N, 122° 13' 46.08" W
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Area Code(s)650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2209 Broadway, Redwood City CA 94063, US
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