Central Park Fox

5602 Blanco Road,
San Antonio, TX 78213

Unfavorite 2 people favorited this theater

Help us make this street view more accurate

Please adjust the view until the theater is clearly visible. more info

Central Park Fox

Located in the Central Park Shopping Center. This was a very nice theatre which was opened by National General Theatres on December 18, 1969 with Peter Ustinov in “Viva Max” on one screen. The second screen opened the following week. It was a true twin. Each auditorium held 750 people. It had huge curved screens and had gold traveller curtains. The seats were velour American Seating Stellers. Auditorium two was split on December 20, 1974. A fair job was done splitting the auditorium, but the elegance was lost. The new screens were very small.

In 1984, the other big auditorium was split, and the theatre became a bargain house, with $1 movies. It finally closed in the mid-1990’s and was razed in 2003.

Contributed by outafocus

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 12, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Here is an item from the San Antonio Express dated 12/18/69:

Larry Benson, previously manager of the Fox Theater in Amarillo, now is managing National General Corporation’s new 1,500-seat Fox Twin Central Park Theaters in San Antonio. Benson, 28, started his theater career as a marquee and posterboy in Benson years ago while attending high school and worked his way up to doorman and then assistant manager.

He continued working for Fox theaters when he attended the University of Montana and upon graduation, was promoted from assistant manager of the Fox Theater in Missoula, Montana to manager of the Kiva Theater in Durango, Colo., in 1967. He held the Durango post until his transfer to Amarillo last year.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 12, 2009 at 7:50 pm

The January 13, 1975, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that the former Fox Twin in San Antonio had reopened as a triplex on December 20, 1974. Actress Rhonda Fleming made a personal appearance at the opening. She had attended the opening of another Mann Theatre the previous day, at Lubbock.

Mann Theatres had plans to add three more screens to the Fox Central Park 3 at a future date, but it looks like they never got around to it.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 12, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Rhonda Fleming was married to Ted Mann.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 18, 2009 at 11:59 pm

A May 12, 1969, Boxoffice item about the groundbreaking for the Central Park Fox said that the twin was designed by the Los Angeles architectural firm of Pearson, Wuesthoff & Skinner. Johnson & Dempsey of San Antonio were the local associate architects.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm

The Fox Twin theatre was opened by National General Cinemas on December 18th, 1969 with “Viva Max”. the other cinema opened the next week. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 14, 2020 at 3:21 pm

Reopened on December 20th, 1974 as a 3-plex with Rhoda Fleming attending. Grand opening ad posted

MickSullivan
MickSullivan on January 28, 2020 at 6:42 am

I worked there for Larry Elmer as his Assistant Manager. It was 1971 and I was just out of college. When we had a blockbuster it was very busy. Cabaret played there exclusively in 1972.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater