Fox Theatre

415 S. Main Street,
Joplin, MO 64801

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Fox Theatre

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The Fox Theatre opened in 1930 and closed in 1970. In 1974, it was purchased by the Central Assembly Church. It also hosts occasional screenings of old movies, wedding receptions and special events.

The building is intact and in great shape and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1990.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 4, 2006 at 6:55 am

Here is a 1950 article on the demise of the Fox architect:

LARRY P. LARSEN OF WEBB CITY DIES
Owner of Civic Theater and Designer of More Than 100 Playhouses
Succumbs Unexpectedly.

Larry P. Larsen, 57 years old, 119 North Ball street, died at 12:40 o'clock this afternoon in St. John’s hospital in Joplin. He had been ill three years,, but was not hospitalized recently until about 11 o'clock this morning.

He was an architect and contractor, having built more than 100 theaters in all parts of the country. He designed and built the Fox theater in Joplin and the Civic Theater and Civic Drive-In restaurant in Webb City. He also remodeled the Junior theater, which he owned, and the sanctuary of the Presbyterian church.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 9, 2007 at 3:34 pm

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990

Fox Theater (added 1990 – Building – #90001100)
Also known as Central Assembly Christian Life Center
415 S. Main St., Joplin
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Gillioz,M.F.,Construction Co., Larsen,L.P.
Architectural Style: Mission/Spanish Revival
Area of Significance: Architecture, Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Religion
Current Sub-function: Religious Structure

Address: 415 S Main St

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 15, 2008 at 12:50 pm

This is the registration form for the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1930.

DonLewis
DonLewis on September 10, 2008 at 8:15 am

A 1986 view of the Fox Theater building in Joplin.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 6, 2009 at 5:29 pm

This is the website for the Central Christian Center. They use a different address (410 S. Virginia Ave) than the Fox Theater used.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 7, 2009 at 4:10 am

No wonder the address is different. I thought that a new entrance might have been added to the rear of the building.

raybradley
raybradley on September 5, 2009 at 11:30 am

Here are postcard views of the Fox Theatre (click on image for closer view;
1936
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1937
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raybradley
raybradley on September 10, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Was looking at the E. 5th St. & Virginia Ave backstreet view of the Fox Theatre on the Google Maps function. Theatre auditoriums that were located on side streets were generally plain with only common brick, but not the Joplin Fox. The Fox auditorium exterior is impressive with tapestry brickwork and massive stagehouse. Obviously there also had once been a Virginia Ave entrance.
Take a look for yourself!

seymourcox
seymourcox on September 14, 2009 at 5:38 pm

This 1940 postcard aerial (photo center) view shows the Fox rooftop with its own private water tower.
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