Fox Theatre

7900 Kingston Pike,
Knoxville, TN 37919

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The Fox Theatre was opened in August 1969. It was closed in 1979

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on April 10, 2006 at 8:18 pm

The Fox was a single screen box built as the downtown theatres ended their careers: late 1960’s or early 1970’s. It still stands, as a retail space, the exterior covered in E.I.F.S. and wedding dresses of questionable taste hanging in what once was the lobby.

Patsy
Patsy on October 31, 2006 at 2:45 pm

Too bad that this theatre can’t be resurrected since Knoxville does have the Tennessee.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on October 31, 2006 at 5:01 pm

Patsy, I think you confuse our Fox with a much older, finer hall. This was just a plain-jane, 1960’s box on the highway: it’s nothing worth resurrecting. Only the name “Fox” connects it to the extraordinary buildings in Atlanta, Detroit and St. Louis.

Cheers
Will

Patsy
Patsy on October 31, 2006 at 5:51 pm

Will, Thanks for the Fox explanation.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Owners:
1969-1973 NGC Cinemas
1973-1975 Mann Theatres of California

This was one of NGC’s attempt to expand across North America reaching as far of Montreal,QC.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on May 2, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Here is a 2009 photo of the former Fox Theatre.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Nice slideshow by Jack Coursey.

tntim
tntim on August 3, 2010 at 6:14 pm

The Fox opened in August of 1969 and had 800 seats. The one thing that I remember about this theatre is the projection booth was only four steps above the back row of seats. They had a continual problem with people standing in the back row and playing shadow puppets in the projector’s light.

The theatre closed in 1979.

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