Fox Theatre

7900 Kingston Pike,
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Fox Theatre

The Fox Theatre was opened in July 18, 1969 with Richard Benjamin in “Goodbye, Columbus”. It was operated by National General’s Fox Eastern Theatres. It was closed by Mann Theatres on January 7, 1979 and converted into a record store.

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.

rivest266 on September 4, 2018 at 1:28 am

July 18th, 1969 grand opening ad posted

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