Fox Theatre

7900 Kingston Pike,
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Fox Theatre

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The Fox Theatre was opened in July 18, 1969. It was closed January 7, 1979

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on April 10, 2006 at 12:18 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 on October 31, 2006 at 6:45 am

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

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on October 31, 2006 at 9:01 am

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.


Patsy on October 31, 2006 at 9:51 am

Will, Thanks for the Fox explanation.

rivest266 on June 29, 2009 at 2:57 pm

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 on May 2, 2010 at 11:53 am

Here is a 2009 photo of the former Fox Theatre.

TLSLOEWS on May 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Nice slideshow by Jack Coursey.

tntim on June 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm

The Fox opened on July 18, 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 January 7, 1979.

tntim on September 3, 2016 at 3:09 pm

I have posted articles from the Knoxville News-Sentinel of the opening and closing of the Fox in the photo section.

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