Fox Theatres

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Moorish architectural details of the Fox Theatre in Atlanta
Fox Theatre in Visalia, California, currently a performing arts hall.[1]
Winged lions atop the marquee in Detroit.
Fox Theatre in Oakland

Fox Theatres was a large chain of movie theaters in the United States dating from the 1920s either built by Fox Film 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, led 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]

This chain should not be confused with the Reading, Pennsylvania-based Fox Theaters, founded by Richard Allen "Dick" Fox in 1957 and primarily based on the East Coast.[5]

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 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; Aurora, Colorado reopened in 1986, and Fullerton, California, where a non-profit community project is restoring the theatre. The Fox theatres in Visalia, California, reopened in 1999, and Atlanta 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. ^ https://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. ^ Barnes, Mike (July 28, 2019). "Dick Fox, Exhibitor and Former NATO President, Dies at 90 | Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2020-09-23.
  6. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/texas/amarillo/amarillo-globe-times/1968/11-07/page-79[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/30016
  8. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4378
  9. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/california/long-beach/press-telegram/1972/01-12/page-13[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_Fox_Arts_Center
  11. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2238
  12. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4
  13. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/27840
  14. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4079
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-12. Retrieved 2014-09-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ 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
  17. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/602
  18. ^ 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
  19. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/3986
  20. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4670
  21. ^ 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
  22. ^ 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
  23. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/6069
  24. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/43333
  25. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4326
  26. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/texas/el-paso/el-paso-herald-post/1965/12-23/page-15[permanent dead link]
  27. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/6058
  28. ^ Hanford Fox
  29. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2180
  30. ^ http://www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/15549197/115-N-Market-St-Inglewood-CA-90301/
  31. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/tennessee/kingsport/kingsport-news/1958/02-15/page-11[permanent dead link]
  32. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/15719
  33. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/15719
  34. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1892
  35. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/nevada/las-vegas/las-vegas-sun/1965/11-12/page-3[permanent dead link]
  36. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1423
  37. ^ http://www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/15777948/4918-E-2-St-Long-Beach-CA-90803/
  38. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1421
  39. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1421/photos/81748
  40. ^ 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
  41. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1422
  42. ^ http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics18/00028701.jpg
  43. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/6
  44. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2043
  45. ^ 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
  46. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/3410
  47. ^ 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
  48. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/5019
  49. ^ http://www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/16478376/6525-Compton-Ave-Los-Angeles-CA-90001/
  50. ^ http://www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/16478376/6525-Compton-Ave-Los-Angeles-CA-90001/
  51. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/california/van-nuys/van-nuys-valley-news/1975/03-20/page-18[permanent dead link]
  52. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2293
  53. ^ http://www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/16305273/857-S-La-Brea-Ave-Los-Angeles-CA-90036/
  54. ^ http://www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/16305273/857-S-La-Brea-Ave-Los-Angeles-CA-90036/
  55. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1038
  56. ^ 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
  57. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2382
  58. ^ http://photos.lapl.org/carlweb/jsp/DoSearch?databaseID=968&index=-1&initialsearch=true&count=10&finish=photosearch_pageADV.jsp&mode=manual&keyword=00126229&terms=%2F%2Fw00126229&author=&Search=Search&after=&specific=&before=&lowdate=&hidate=
  59. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/499
  60. ^ http://www.propertyshark.com/mason/Property/16191738/8906-W-Pico-Blvd-Los-Angeles-CA-90035/
  61. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1985
  62. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/5541
  63. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/21545
  64. ^ Cinema Treasures #1177
  65. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2645
  66. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/phoenix/arizona-republic/1967/02-14/page-84[permanent dead link]
  67. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/phoenix/arizona-republic/1967/02-05/page-79[permanent dead link]
  68. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4372
  69. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/phoenix/arizona-republic/1971/04-06/page-93[permanent dead link]
  70. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4372
  71. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4372
  72. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/utah/salt-lake-city/salt-lake-tribune/1967/04-25/page-20[permanent dead link]
  73. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/30672
  74. ^ FOX Theatre - Redwood City Archived 2008-02-12 at the Wayback Machine
  75. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2054
  76. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/utah/salt-lake-city/salt-lake-tribune/1968/07-11/page-52[permanent dead link]
  77. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/utah/salt-lake-city/salt-lake-tribune/1976/12-30/page-13[permanent dead link]
  78. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/utah/salt-lake-city/salt-lake-tribune/1977/05-07/page-31[permanent dead link]
  79. ^ 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
  80. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/texas/san-antonio/san-antonio-light/1970/01-26/page-11[permanent dead link]
  81. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/texas/san-antonio/san-antonio-express/1969/12-18/page-54
  82. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/16870
  83. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/16870
  84. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/16870
  85. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/16870
  86. ^ http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/92spring/images/p105.jpg
  87. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1563
  88. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/40828
  89. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/18164/photos/42297
  90. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/18164
  91. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1614
  92. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/10337
  93. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4731
  94. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/4731/photos/25319
  95. ^ Cinema Treasures #8966
  96. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/tucson/tucson-daily-citizen/1967/02-10/page-11[permanent dead link]
  97. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/tucson/tucson-daily-citizen/1972/03-22/page-87[permanent dead link]
  98. ^ http://tucson.com/business/old-buena-vista-theater-to-make-way-for--room/article_7114a30b-cc3a-5a91-a075-d59ec2097dd4.html
  99. ^ 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
  100. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/17621
  101. ^ https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidleeguss/5246710533/
  102. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/tucson/tucson-daily-citizen/1949/03-19/page-8[permanent dead link]
  103. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/tucson/tucson-daily-citizen/1963/05-21/page-32
  104. ^ 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
  105. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/arizona/tucson/tucson-daily-citizen/1968/08-05/page-24[permanent dead link]
  106. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/34491
  107. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1137
  108. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/7276
  109. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/7276/photos/69332
  110. ^ https://newspaperarchive.com/us/california/oxnard/oxnard-press-courier-oxnard-california/1969/02-06/page-20[permanent dead link]
  111. ^ 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
  112. ^ http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/39248

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