Historic Pomona Fox Theater Set to Re-Open in April 2009

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Non-profit organization, Pomona Fox Corporation, set to host re-opening special event for the historic Pomona Fox Theater since its recent restoration. The Pomona Fox Theater served as the "go-to" location for Hollywood's Sneak Preview film screenings in the early 20th century and hosted performances from celebrities ranging from Mae West to Duke Ellington.

The towering icon of Downtown Pomona's Fox Theater will illuminate the night sky once again, as Pomona Fox Corporation, a non-profit organization, will present "Fox First Night!" Sneak Preview Fundraiser, one of the first events held in the theater since its redevelopment and revival into the 21st century. The dinner event will be held Saturday, April 18th, 2009, with an opening reception to kick-off the evening at 6:00PM.

The Pomona Fox Theater has stood for over 70 years in Pomona, serving as the top choice for Hollywood's sneak preview screenings in the early 1930's as well as a frequent remote radio talk show location for Bob Hope, Desi Arnaz. Additional history includes its hosted performances from other celebrities such as Mae West and Duke Ellington. The current restoration allows for great entertainment and event possibilities, in which "Fox First Night!" anticipates to showcase in the event, amongst activities celebrating its restored grandeur.  

Since its glory days, the Fox has suffered damage to significant historical architectural and structural elements. The wear of time, changes of ownership, and its needs to meet modern occupational standards, has all contributed to the compromise of the theater's original features, such as the concession counter built in 1938 by Charles Shouras and classic murals, reflecting classic art-deco style.

This is where Pomona Fox Corporation is requesting help in the preservation and restoration of the authentic character of the Fox Theater. Since 2004, the Pomona Fox Corporation has been dedicated to foster the life of the theater, as its rich history applies not only to its immediate surrounding, but also to the beginnings of the film industry in Hollywood.

"Fox First Night!" Sneak Preview Fundraiser presented by Pomona Fox Corporation is currently accepting ticket sales, sponsorships and advertising for this special event.  For more information or to purchase tickets and tables for the event, contact Pomona Fox Corporation at (909) 753-7903, e-mail info (at) pomonafox (dot) org or visit http://www.pomonafox.org.

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