Fox Theater

War Memorial Drive,
Peoria, IL 61614

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The Fox Theater was a single-screen cinema of approximately 800 seats. It was built in the late 1960s of concrete block. It went through a succession of owners: National General Theatres, Mann Theatres (California), Wehrenberg (St. Louis) and Kerasotes (Springfield, Illinois). It was closed in the late 1980s and razed. The site is now occupied by a restaurant and a couple of hotels.

In the late 1970s and the 1980s, a variety of promotions were held: a swimming pool in the parking lot for “Jaws”, live birds in the lobby for “Romancing The Stone”, and an Egyptian tomb theme throughout the lobby for “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”. Its union projectionist was replaced with automated film platters and projectors in the early 1980s.

Contributed by Ross Brocksmith

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jackiskin
jackiskin on August 3, 2012 at 5:05 am

i saw raiders of lost ark here in sept of 81..forgot or didnt notice the egyptian theme mentioned above…i went straight to the seats.. while roger and ronald and their friend david i think it was got snacks…roger said ronald tripped in the aisle with his popcorn or something to that effect….that was a great great movie. bot it had action all the way through it i said..by tdays standards..not..1st movie i saw brother tom took me to see king kong there..last movie i saw there again was with tom…dead man dont wear plaid june 82

KelliL
KelliL on March 31, 2013 at 10:00 am

I saw Footloose, Hoosiers and Three Amigos there when I was a teenager. Loved that place!!

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