Fox Theatre

1600 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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rivest266 on October 9, 2016 at 11:20 am

September 1st, 1971 grand opening ad for the Stage door can be found in the photo section.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 13, 2014 at 11:36 am

Like my beloved Boyd theater this was another example that the city of Phila doesn’t give a damn about preserving any of the historic old theaters. They are now all gone which is a disgrace.

rivest266 on May 12, 2014 at 11:17 pm

If this opened on November 26th, 1923, why did the amusement section carried no ad for this theatre?

freddylubin on June 11, 2013 at 5:14 am

Among the films I saw here were “The Birds”.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on May 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Click here for an exterior view of the Fox and Stanton Theatres in 1929.

Merrill on April 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm

This is a photo from 1936
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TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Yes and what a marquee.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 8, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Great Pictures,I mean great pictures.Marion and Ken Mc.Love the 007.

William on July 8, 2010 at 9:12 pm

The Deer Hunter did reserved performance engagements in other big cities around the country.

HowardBHaas on July 8, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I asked Vince Young, who frequently contributes to this site, where in downtown Phila. did “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” play, and also “The Deer Hunter” and he has ok'ed my posting his reply:

opened 10/01/69 @ The Fox. What a wonderful opening day that must’ve been…Fox had been running a double-bill of Bullitt and Bonnie and Clyde previously, and the 10/1 “all day prevue day” was BC and Bullitt together. Makes me recall some of the amazing “prevue day” double bills that were here locally.

Am glad you asked about Deer Hunter. I thought there was something a bit historical about its run here, and it seems that it may have been the last “reserved Performances only…tickets on sale for first six weeks” engagement that I can remember here. It opened Friday 02/23/79 @ The Stagedoor. Two shows daily, three on weekends.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 20, 2010 at 11:26 pm

There is an interior shot in this ad from Boxoffice magazine, December 6, 1947:
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kencmcintyre on February 3, 2010 at 5:31 am

Here is a May 1956 photo from Temple U:

rave323 on January 24, 2010 at 4:48 am

A hot summer night in 1964 under the marquee.

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kencmcintyre on January 21, 2010 at 6:40 am

Here is an October 1979 photo from Temple U. If I wasn’t at the October 7 show it must have been pretty close to that date.

barrygoodkin on November 15, 2009 at 7:11 pm

According to the research of Edwin Allen at the Philadelphia Free Library the Stage Door Cinema opened on September 1, 1971 with the film “Carnal Knowledge.”

finkysteet on September 28, 2009 at 5:35 am

Was there a particular art to hanging letters on the marquee? I viewed the online pictures and saw that the lettering was perfectly aligned and spaced, no matter how large the marquee.

mdm08033 on September 18, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Hello moviemachine, My Grandfather Max Moskovitz was a projectionist at the Fox, any chance you worked with him. The only movie I remember seeing ther was Superman. I watched the movie from the booth. As an eleven year old I couldn’t understand why I had to watch it without any sound and wasn’t allowed to go down to the theater. I guess the neighborhood had gotten a little rough by 1978.

Cheers, Michael

HowardBHaas on May 6, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Here’s some more Fox history from Box Office:

24 June 1939 Box Office “Young Mr. Lincoln” with vaudeville show

20 July 1946 Box Office “Centennial Summer” exterior photos at Fox with crowd

15 Nov 1947 Box Office p 16, Catholic students & war veterans protested showing of film “Forever Amber”

18 March 1949 Box Office “A Letter to Three Wives” in its 3rd week at the Fox

11 Feb 1950 Box Office “Twelve O'Clock High” being shown at Fox

22 Sept 1951 Box Office p 13 photo of huge crowd outside Fox for the film “The Frogmen”

22 March 1952 Box Office: movie “Viva Zapata!” at Fox, 3rd week

24 May 1952 Box Office: “Deadline-U.S.A.” being shown

4 Oct 1952 Box Office: Fox recent policy to play film from other studios, not just Fox

16 June 1956 at Fox, for opening of movie “D-Day the Sixth of June” a tank driven by the Army

14 July 1956 Box Office to promote “The King and I” movie opening at Fox, Thailand finance minister’s wife Princess Rudivorian appeared

HowardBHaas on May 3, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Chuck’s 1974 photo does not have the right link.

Here is some Fox history from late 1930s and 1940s. “Some Like it Hot” was shown in 1939. "The Mark of Zorro” was shown in late 1940. Hitchcock’s Lifeboat" was doing good box office in early 1944. In July 1944 “Double Indemnity” was shown. The Eastern premiere of “G.I. Joe” was hosted on July 27, 1944.

HowardBHaas on March 4, 2009 at 9:26 pm

If you google search exactly Boxoffice April 5, 1941
and type 142 in the page box
you will see a photo of Fox exterior including ticket booth for movie “International Forum”

Boxoffice July 19, 1941
type 179 in the page box
you will see photo of the auditorium rear/lobby of the Fox

finkysteet on March 3, 2009 at 12:52 am

Suffice it to say those particular curtains weren’t there anymore in the ‘70s. There were curtains in front of the screen just before the Fox was demolished, but not nearly as plentiful or dazzling. Never looked at curtains from a public-safety perspective, though. Always thought they were mere decor, but in that photo they looked fabulous as well as being functional.

HowardBHaas on March 2, 2009 at 2:33 am

Google search exactly
Boxoffice May 22,1948
punch page 136 in the box
for photo in ad of Fox auditorium with much fiberglass drapery