Fox Theatre

105 E. 5th Street,
Sedalia, MO 65301

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Fox Theatre

The Fox Theatre was opened September 6, 1940.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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William
William on February 12, 2007 at 11:45 pm

The Fox Theatre in Sedalia was operated by Fox Midwest Amusement Corp. (1944), which was later known as NT & T Amusement Corp. (Midwest Division)(1961), till the mid 60’s when it was taken over by Commonwealth Theatres, Inc..

kschneiderstl
kschneiderstl on January 31, 2008 at 4:57 am

On the cinematour website there is a listing for a Diamond Drive-in Theatre. There is a phone # and it is NOT listed as closed. I’d call the number but I’m assuming if it really still exists they would not be open this time of year anyway. Can any Sedalia residents shed some light on the subject? Thanks.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 6, 2014 at 9:09 pm

The Thursday, September 5, 1940, issue of The Sedalia Democrat said that the new Fox Theatre would open Friday evening at 7:30.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 7, 2014 at 5:39 am

The 1960s aluminum false front has been peeled off of the Fox Theatre and replaced with a retro-style front that might more closely resemble the original Streamlined style of the building. The building has been converted into the Fox Theater Event Center, though the photo gallery at their web site shows that the historic interior of the building has been entirely lost. It’s pretty much just the shell of the theater, and a marquee with the name Fox on it.

CinemaTour has a photo of the renovated front. CinemaTour claims that the Fox was also known as the Sedalia, but the Sedalia Theatre was a different house, at Third and Massachusetts, which opened in 1905 and faded away in the 1930s, and was finally destroyed by a fire in 1977. I’m pretty sure the Fox was always called the Fox, but the Sedalia was called the Fox Sedalia in the early 1930s, around the same time the Liberty was called the Fox Liberty.

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