~ The William Swain Photo Collection ~

Native San Franciscan William Swain has spent a great deal of time collecting, restoring, and retouching old photos of the Fox that he has gathered through the years. It is truly an amazing effort of love. We have included the black and white originals, as well as the retouched color versions.

Bill indicates that the pictures were "recomposed by taking various elements from several pictures each, using the best details, then painting and adding certain elements (furniture, lighting fixtures, rugs, etc.) to enhance the view." He also used recollections from his childhood, as well as from the 1960's, to apply proper colors.

Swain's association with the theatre began with several visits he and his sister made to the palace with their nanny in the 1930's. Later, his parents played golf with Paul Carson, one of the local radio organists (Bridge to Dreamland and One Man's Family). He often performed on the Fox mezzanine Moller organ during intermissions. Walt Roesner, the Musical Director for the theatre, was even an acquaintance of Swain's mother. Swain says his connection to the Fox and its organ engendered in him a fascination with pipe organs, especially the Fox Wurlitzer; this, in turn, led him to form an organ company in the 1950's.

We are happy that Bill has agreed to share his efforts with us!

.........The William Swain Photo Collection:.............

~ Outside Entrance ~
Ticket Booth
Market Street
Entrance
~ Lobby Scenes ~
Grand
Staircase
Main Lobby
View to the
Main Staircase
West Wall
Lobby
East Wall
Lobby
Upper
Mezzanine
Lobby
~East Wall~
Upper
Mezzanine
Lobby
~West Wall~
Outer Lobby
Vestibule
Ceiling
Outer
Vestibule as
seen from
Main Lobby
Lobby
Candelabrum
Mezzanine
Hallway
Upper Hallway
View
View to the
Lobby
Promenade
View
~ Auditorium Scenes ~
Auditorium
View
Front
Curtain
Walt Roesner
Orchestra
Stage View
from
5th Balcony
Wurlitzer
Organ Console
Lower
Balconies
South Loges
North Loges
Auditorium Stage
Northwest View
from 5th Balcony
North Wall
Loges
Balcony
Scene
Diamond
Horseshoe
Foyer
~ Lounges ~
Men's
Smoking
Room
Men's
Smoking
Room
Men's
Smoking
Room
Men's
Smoking
Room
Upper
Mezzanine
Smoking
Room
Women's
Lower
Smoking
Lounge
Women's
Balcony
Lounge
Ladies with
Tapestry
Women's
Balcony
Lounge
Women's
Balcony
Lounge
Women's
Cosmetic
Lounge
Women's
Cosmetic
Lounge
Women's
Mezzanine
Parlor
Balcony
Parlor
Art Deco
Room
Moorish
Lounge

 

 




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