Fox Theatres

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For other uses, see Fox Theatre (disambiguation).
Moorish architectural details of the Fox Theatre in Atlanta
Fox Theatre in Visalia, California, currently a performing arts hall.[1]
Griffins atop the marquee in Detroit.
Fox Theatre in Oakland
Fox Theatre in Redwood City, California

Fox Theatres was a large chain of movie theaters in the United States dating from the 1920s either built by Fox Film Corporation studio owner William Fox, or subsequently merged in 1929 by Fox with the West Coast Theatres chain, to form the Fox West Coast Theatres chain.[2] Fox West Coast went into bankruptcy and was sold to The National Theatres Corporation, lead by Charles Skouras, on November 20, 1933 for $17, 000, 000.00.[3] Eugene V. Klein later became CEO of National, and turned it into the conglomerate National General. Mann Theatres bought National General's theatres in 1973.[4]

Architectural styles[edit]

Many of these grand "movie palaces" were built with a mishmash of architectural styles drawn from Asian, Indian, Persian, and Moorish influences.

Restorations[edit]

Fox theaters surviving today share almost identical histories of decline and fall into disrepair as demographics and movie-going habits changed in the post-World War II years. As many were located in urban centers, there have been subsequent campaigns to save, restore and preserve the architectural extravaganzas for other uses, especially the performing arts. The largest of the Fox Theatres is the Detroit Fox Theatre, which was fully restored in 1988 and is used as a performing arts center.

Other Fox theatres which have been restored and adapted for drama and music include those in Seattle and Saint Louis; also Tucson, Arizona, which reopened in January 2006 after being closed for thirty-two years; Hutchinson, Kansas, reopened in 1999; Oakland, California, reopened in February 2009; and Fullerton, California, where a non-profit community project is restoring the theatre. The Fox theatres in Visalia, California, reopened in 1999, and Atlanta, Georgia were shuttered for some time before restoration began.

The Fox Theatre in Joplin, Missouri, built in 1930, has been adapted for use as the Central Christian Church.

List of Fox Theatres[edit]

See the following articles for information about specific theatres.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://foxvisalia.org
  2. ^ http://newspaperarchive.com/us/california/berkeley/berkeley-daily-gazette/1928/11-08/page-2
  3. ^ WEST COAST THEATRES SOLD FOR $17,000,000: Fox Chain in Bankruptcy Goes to National Theatres for Creditors' Claims
  4. ^ Mann Theatre Will Buy A National General Unit
  5. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:1K3eHw37GBwJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/texas/amarillo/amarillo-globe-times/1968/11-07/page-79+&cd=8&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  6. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/30016
  7. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4378
  8. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:tDLBN6bV02oJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/california/long-beach/press-telegram/1972/01-12/page-13+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  9. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2238
  10. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4
  11. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/27840
  12. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4079
  13. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4079/photos/61873
  14. ^ https://www.google.com/maps/place/750+Flushing+Ave,+Brooklyn,+NY+11206/@40.7006215,-73.9425694,637m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c25bfa0d46c95f:0x5eddf28e2e2fde5c?hl=en
  15. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/602
  16. ^ https://www.google.com/maps/place/10+Flatbush+Ave,+Brooklyn,+NY+11217/@40.6886479,-73.9808898,637m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c25bb301dc0fab:0x45bef70ae851367b?hl=en
  17. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/3986
  18. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4670
  19. ^ https://www.google.com/maps/place/723+Manhattan+Ave,+Brooklyn,+NY+11222/@40.7259655,-73.9524119,636m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c259441e6b897d:0x140cf0cddc10fbe3?hl=en
  20. ^ https://www.google.com/maps/place/1515+Bedford+Ave,+Brooklyn,+NY+11216/@40.671247,-73.954408,637m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c25b75ef92d515:0x9e7645751e860f14?hl=en
  21. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/6069
  22. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/43333
  23. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4326
  24. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:wKMNFnBDET8J:newspaperarchive.com/us/texas/el-paso/el-paso-herald-post/1965/12-23/page-15+&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  25. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/6058
  26. ^ Hanford Fox
  27. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2180
  28. ^ http://www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/15549197/115-N-Market-St-Inglewood-CA-90301/
  29. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:1eGi63DqMIcJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/tennessee/kingsport/kingsport-news/1958/02-15/page-11+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  30. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/15719
  31. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/15719
  32. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1892
  33. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:JSsXexqP1BAJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/nevada/las-vegas/las-vegas-sun/1965/11-12/page-3+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  34. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1423
  35. ^ http://www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/15777948/4918-E-2-St-Long-Beach-CA-90803/
  36. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1421
  37. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1421/photos/81748
  38. ^ https://www.google.com/maps/place/4413+W+Adams+Blvd,+Los+Angeles,+CA+90016/@34.0325873,-118.3357069,696m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x80c2b84f9b7d2771:0xec16762d3c14511e?hl=en
  39. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1422
  40. ^ http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics18/00028701.jpg
  41. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/6
  42. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2043
  43. ^ https://www.google.com/maps/place/4011+S+Figueroa+St,+Los+Angeles,+CA+90037/@34.0109466,-118.2827407,174m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x80c2c80ebd67eb17:0xc63accb056c362e2?hl=en
  44. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/3410
  45. ^ https://www.google.com/maps/place/1536+E+Florence+Ave,+Los+Angeles,+CA+90001/@33.9747374,-118.2462683,696m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x80c2c90f572bc0b9:0xb227f1b38ea79d4?hl=en
  46. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/5019
  47. ^ http://www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/16478376/6525-Compton-Ave-Los-Angeles-CA-90001/
  48. ^ http://www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/16478376/6525-Compton-Ave-Los-Angeles-CA-90001/
  49. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:USHB_xW-iZwJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/california/van-nuys/van-nuys-valley-news/1975/03-20/page-18+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  50. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2293
  51. ^ http://www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/16305273/857-S-La-Brea-Ave-Los-Angeles-CA-90036/
  52. ^ http://www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/16305273/857-S-La-Brea-Ave-Los-Angeles-CA-90036/
  53. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1038
  54. ^ https://www.google.com/maps/place/5214+Wilshire+Blvd,+Los+Angeles,+CA+90036/@34.0621439,-118.3435374,696m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x80c2b8e05fd3d441:0x1ac076f28f0d0023?hl=en
  55. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/499
  56. ^ http://www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/16191738/8906-W-Pico-Blvd-Los-Angeles-CA-90035/
  57. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1985
  58. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/5541
  59. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/21545
  60. ^ Cinema Treasures #1177
  61. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2645
  62. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:1mnOmYAmk-4J:newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/phoenix/arizona-republic/1967/02-14/page-84+&cd=10&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  63. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:CeMf7RRoPUoJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/phoenix/arizona-republic/1967/02-05/page-79+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  64. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4372
  65. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:0onHD9YofPQJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/phoenix/arizona-republic/1971/04-06/page-93+&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  66. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4372
  67. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4372
  68. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:m6AAUXLOuoQJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/utah/salt-lake-city/salt-lake-tribune/1967/04-25/page-20+&cd=11&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  69. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/30672
  70. ^ FOX Theatre - Redwood City
  71. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2054
  72. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Gmxofd0U1ogJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/utah/salt-lake-city/salt-lake-tribune/1968/07-11/page-52+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  73. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:eGZIieZeNhMJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/utah/salt-lake-city/salt-lake-tribune/1976/12-30/page-13+&cd=11&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  74. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:mwDwvvN2-OAJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/utah/salt-lake-city/salt-lake-tribune/1977/05-07/page-31+&cd=14&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  75. ^ https://www.google.com/maps/place/5001+Highland+Dr,+Salt+Lake+City,+UT+84117/@40.660345,-111.8352301,637m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x87526218f9f438e7:0xa10372c2e3578184?hl=en
  76. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:x3pEgPTwafQJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/texas/san-antonio/san-antonio-light/1970/01-26/page-11+&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  77. ^ http://newspaperarchive.com/us/texas/san-antonio/san-antonio-express/1969/12-18/page-54
  78. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/16870
  79. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/16870
  80. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/16870
  81. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/16870
  82. ^ http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/92spring/images/p105.jpg
  83. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1563
  84. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/40828
  85. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/18164/photos/42297
  86. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/18164
  87. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1614
  88. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4731
  89. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4731/photos/25319
  90. ^ Cinema Treasures #8966
  91. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:XHV7EdrscxEJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/tucson/tucson-daily-citizen/1967/02-10/page-11+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
  92. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:R2ggy_j6eg8J:newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/tucson/tucson-daily-citizen/1972/03-22/page-87+&cd=38&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  93. ^ http://tucson.com/business/old-buena-vista-theater-to-make-way-for--room/article_7114a30b-cc3a-5a91-a075-d59ec2097dd4.html
  94. ^ https://www.google.com/maps/place/251+S+Wilmot+Rd,+Tucson,+AZ+85711/@32.218238,-110.8570332,739m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x86d66f9fb6483f61:0x7c116cb3d5ff9438?hl=en
  95. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/17621
  96. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidleeguss/5246710533/
  97. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:pWu-bOOkDwQJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/tucson/tucson-daily-citizen/1949/03-19/page-8+&cd=21&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  98. ^ http://newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/tucson/tucson-daily-citizen/1963/05-21/page-32
  99. ^ https://www.google.com/maps/place/171+W+Congress+St,+Tucson,+AZ+85701/@32.221507,-110.9751635,711m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x86d670dfe59d7837:0x1d7396a77369806b?hl=en
  100. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Y0V9I-HIywgJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/tucson/tucson-daily-citizen/1968/08-05/page-24+&cd=30&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  101. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/34491
  102. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/7276
  103. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/7276/photos/69332
  104. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:vE7_78Y1QoAJ:newspaperarchive.com/us/california/oxnard/oxnard-press-courier-oxnard-california/1969/02-06/page-20+&cd=9&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&lr=lang_en
  105. ^ https://www.google.com/maps/place/390+S+Mills+Rd,+Ventura,+CA+93003/@34.2688129,-119.2462053,694m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x80e9ad4e52705a0f:0x316efe99d7669315?hl=en
  106. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/39248

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