Blue Fox Theatre

116 W. Main Street,
Grangeville, ID 83530

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The Blue Fox Theatre opened on May 2, 1930. It was built at a cost of $40,000. The opening day movie was “Gold Diggers of Broadway”. Admission was 50 cents for adults and 15 cents for kids.

This theatre has been owned by the Wagner family since its opening and is still owned by them today. The Blue Fox Theatre was placed on the National Historic Register on 11/30/99.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 23, 2005 at 6:25 am

This theater is listed as “Spanish Style” and the original owner was Al. J. Wagner. Here is more info on this theater that I found in a newspaper article:
“Wagner opened the theater next door to his former silent movie house – "The Lyric.” Movie prices for that opening show were 50 cents for adults, 25 cents for students and 15 cents for kids. The grand opening captured the entire front page of the Free Press. Two bands played continuously in front of the theater and a dance was held there that evening. “During the Depression, cash and prizes were given away at the shows – sometimes just a loaf of bread was the prize,” said Eleanor “Poof” Wagner, wife of current owner, Al “Port” Wagner".

“Times were so tough, people were thrilled to win just the loaf of bread,” she added. Movie prices went down to 35, 15 and 10 cents during this time as well. The theater used to host live shows with music resounding from its orchestra pit and also showed three changes a week. In 1942 a fire occurred, collapsing the roof and claiming a portion of the building. The theater was rebuilt that same year. The movie house was taken over by Wagner’s son, Port, in 1954. His son, Chris, now helps run the business as well as the outdoor Sunset Auto Vue drive-in theater in Grangeville. The Wagners also own the Rex Theater in Orofino. “Despite all of the competition with T.V. and videos, the family has managed to keep the theater going seven days per week,” said Poof. “There are very few towns this size left that have a movie theater”.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 2, 2005 at 6:40 pm

There are some photos of the Blue Fox Theater at these links:
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CWillman on June 7, 2005 at 5:22 pm

The same people own the drive-in on the outskirts of town. One side of the Blue Fox’s marquee advertises what’s playing there at the indoor theater, and the other side of the summer advertises what’s out at the drive-in (at least in the summer). There is no marquee of any sort on the drive-in property. So technically, the drive-in’s marquee is about two miles off-site. (Sorry—I’m probably the only one who finds that funny.)

kencmcintyre on February 9, 2006 at 4:17 pm

Here is the website for the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce:

kencmcintyre on February 9, 2006 at 4:20 pm

I was in Cancun, Mexico last summer, and the only American TV channels available were from network affiliates in Idaho. I spent a week in the Gulf of Mexico catching up on news, weather and sports from Pocatello and the greater Boise area.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 1, 2007 at 3:30 pm

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1999

Blue Fox Theatre ** (added 1999 – Building – #99001412)
116 W. Main St., Grangeville
Historic Significance: Event
Area of Significance: Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 25, 2007 at 6:56 pm

This is a recent photo of the Blue Fox Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 18, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Here are two 1984 photos:



SteveSwanson on November 9, 2013 at 11:14 am

I have been out to the Auto-Vue drive-in about 5 times in the last 10 years. But never had a chance to see inside of the Blue Fox until my last trip thru Grangeville. It is a very well preserved small town theater, with alot of vintage touches throughout the lobby and auditorium.

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