Sac Classics: 912 K Street “The Senator Fox Theater”

The Fox Senator Opened in 1925

One Screen 2500 Seats

The Fox Senator Theater was created from two earlier theaters, a large one on L Street and a smaller theatre on K Street. It was torn down in the 1970’s.

There was a time in America when movie theaters were Grand Palaces

The Senator Fox was a BIG Deal Back in the day.

Fox Senator on K Street, Sacramento

The 30’s

They were called street Cars…and Sacramento like many US cities abandon them.

Today, many cites are spending millions for those old cars.

  The Senator Theater is on the left.

Fox Senator Theatre

The 50’s

By the 50’s Hollywood was competing with Television.  The motion picture industry developed new technologies to get movie patrons back “CinemaScope,  PanaVision, 3’D and Stereophonic Sound required theater owners to build wider screen, replace projection equipment and complete re-wring of the theaters

Fox Senator in the background, late `50's. Courtesy of the Fiftiesville Facebook page.

A Westbound K Street in the mid 50’s with the Senator in the background. The Woolworth is now a nightclub. Payless is nowCalifornia Family Fitness . The Senator Theater is on the left.

Fox Theatre exterior


K Street Mall Closed to Traffic

The Building Today

(Note: The Railing and Windows above the second floor)


Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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