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Restoring the Fox Theatre

The 82-year-old Fox Theatre in Fullerton has fallen into decay. The Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation aims to raise enough money to bring the space back to its original opulence, with safety and technical upgrades for stage productions and movies. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Todd Huffman, president of the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation, plays with the iron levers and wheel that were used to dim and raise stage lights at the Fox Theatre. In a modern theater, such functions are done with a laptop computer. Plans include preservation of the old lighting control panel. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
The Fox Theatre’s marquee announces upcoming movies that will be projected outside on the back wall of the building. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Restoration has barely progressed at the Fox Theatre. “Any forward movement is positive,” said Cynthia Peck, whose eatery, Angelo’s and Vinci’s Ristorante, sits next to the landmark. “Just the fact that there’s activity going on is exciting to me.” (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
The Fox Theatre sits at the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Chapman Avenue. The Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation hopes to create an entertainment destination with restaurants and shops. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)