New Fox Theatre

115 W. Sixth Street,
Leadville, CO 80461

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FOX Theatre, Leadville, Colorado.

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Originally the Liberty Bell Theatre opened in 1917. In 1935, it became the Fox Theatre, and later known as the New Fox Theatre. It was badly damaged by a fire in the 1960’s and the remains were demolished.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 1, 2009 at 2:37 am

According to an article in Boxoffice of November 16, 1946, the Fox Theatre in Leadville had opened as the Liberty Bell Theatre on January 1, 1917, and became part of the Fox circuit on August 1, 1935.

A 1968 Boxoffice item about a new theater then being built in Leadville said that the town had been without a theater since the closing of the Fox. This item didn’t give the date the Fox closed, but I’ve found references to it being in operation as late as 1963. I’ve been unable to find out when it reopened as the Silver City Cinema.

The 1946 article said that Fox was also then operating the Elks Opera House in Leadville, a theater which had opened as the Tabor Opera House in 1879. In addition, the article said, Fox was operating a theater at Climax, Colorado, about 13 miles from Leadville. Other issues of Boxoffice indicate that this was the 200-seat Climax Theatre, opened in late 1938 or early 1937.

kpdennis
kpdennis on May 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm

The Fox in Leadville is on the right side of this 1942 photo of the a fire consuming buildings located between the Lake County Courthouse and the theater:
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Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on March 6, 2014 at 11:20 pm

The Silver City Cinema is not and never was the same theater as the Liberty Bell/Fox. The Silver City Cinema was a single screen theater that was built into a completely different, one story building, back in the 1980s or 90s. The said building had never been a theater before this conversion and the Silver City Cinema closed just a few years ago leaving Leadville with no movie theaters.

The Liberty Bell later became the Fox,burned down in the 1960s and the ruins were demolished. I do not know much past this however.

The Tabor Opera House was located right across the street and also served as a movie theater from the teens through roughly the 1950s. I have heard tales about how the two venues (Tabor and Liberty Bell/Fox) often shared a projectionist who kept busy running across the street throughout the night.

The name and history in this listing, needless to say, needs some drastic revision as it is completely misleading and inaccurate. The Silver City Cinema needs its own listing and the status of this theater needs to be listed as closed/demolished.

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