Fox Theatre

382 N. Main Street,
Crestview, FL 32539

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The Fox Theatre was opened in 1947. It is the only one of three movie theatres built on Main Street, Crestview to survive.

Contributed by Mickey Rytman

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 28, 2006 at 2:16 am

The Fox Theatre possibly opened in around 1949/1950. It is listed in the 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook without a seating capacity being given (usually an indication of a newly built theatre which hasn’t had details submitted to the editors)

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 28, 2006 at 3:13 am

Was this also known as the Fox Crestview Theatre? The 1957 FDYB lists two theatres for Crestview, the 300-seat Crestview and the 236-seat Elgin. The FBYB theatre listings often deleted circuit identifications to save space.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 28, 2006 at 3:35 am

This is from a Cinema Treasures news file:

Fox Theatre Seeks Partner(s)
posted by Fox Theatre Crestview Fl on January 18, 2006 at 7:02am
CRESTVIEW, FL â€" Looking for a short term investor or other to help in the renovation of this FOX THEATRE. The name has been retained and is incorportated in the State of Florida.

Built in 1947, the Fox premiered the movie “12 Oâ€\Clock High.” The building location is on Main Street in downtown Crestview, Florida in the center of town. Crestview is located next to Eglin AFB where a lot of the filming was made as well as in Crestview. Gregory Peck was featured in local newspapers and played baseball with some of the local teams while filming here.

The theatre was closed in 1979 and I obtained it from the second owner. Due to local fire codes etc., I am looking for some help in bringing back to life this historical building. The theatre had a single screen and a larger stage has been added 20â€\X40â€\. With hopes of bringing it back to life, I plan on having live shows along with some movies and eats.

Crestview is a member of the Main Street Assocition and has made many improvments to its downtown area. One of the fastest growing cities in Florida, Crestview is located only a few miles from Destin, Fort Walton Beach and the Gulf of Mexico. If you are insterested, Contact name and number is: Edward M. Rytman Jr. (Mickey) (850)-974-4369 E-Mail:

Tinseltoes on July 5, 2012 at 8:08 am

Pictured in this 1950 trade report: boxoffice

zebulongrady on March 1, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Does anyone know the current status of the Fox theatre. If it is not being used I would love to tour it.

zebulongrady on April 26, 2013 at 8:57 am

382 North Main Street (construction date was Housed in the only Art Moderne structure within the Crestview Historic Business District, the landmark Fox Theatre was the most popular entertainment spot in town (late 1940’s and 1950’s) and probably the most memorable for so many of today’s older Crestview residents. Many area residents can recall fond memories from their younger days that centered around the good times spent at the Fox. The theatre was also visited frequently by post WWII servicemen from nearby Eglin Air Force Base. In 1949, actor Gregory Peck and other stars were in town for the nationwide premiering of the movie “Twelve O'Clock High” at both the Fox and Eglin Theatres on Main Street in downtown Crestview. The movie was made at nearby Eglin AFB, Duke Field (an auxiliary field located immediately south of Crestview), and some scenes were even shot within the City of Crestview.

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