Fox Theatre

1800 E. Charleston Boulevard,
Las Vegas, NV 89104

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The Fox Theatre was just down the street from the Huntridge Theatre and was torn down to make way for a shopping center.

There just aren’t ENOUGH of those in Las Vegas.

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tmgowens
tmgowens on June 6, 2008 at 12:58 am

There was a small soup and sandwich shop in the mall next to American Furniture. Does anyone remember the name of it?

dogherder
dogherder on March 28, 2009 at 2:48 pm

My first job was at this theatre in 1975! I lasted one night. They made me change all five marquee signs to read, “WILD, WONDERFUL, WOOLY, SINFUL, EXPLOSIVE NASHVILLE!”. Even the one that was like 30 feet in the air. I remember thinking, “I’m 16 and they have UNIONS to do this!”.

milomoviemaniac
milomoviemaniac on April 18, 2009 at 12:41 am

Great memories of this place. I saw Santa Claus: The Movie, Gremlins, Predator and many others here. My brother was an instructor at the Martial Arts studio a previous post mentioned. The mall was always empty. My friend and I would ride our bikes through the entire place without hassle. Does anyone remember the little ceramics shop?

phantomhillbilly
phantomhillbilly on September 18, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I actually was taking Thai Kung Fu at the Martial Arts studio. There was also a video store that had both Beta and VHS. A pizza store towards the front. The Las Vegas Library was over on the side. The whole mall definitely had an odd “Dawn of the Dead” abandoned vibe and you felt like you had the place to yourself. Wasn’t there also a petting zoo there? It had a Gigantic parking lot in the back that was empty and crumbling, sprouting up weeds, back to back with Crestwood Elementary School.

My next door neighbor was the manager of that Woolco until it closed. And good old Thriftimart was of course owned by Vegas politico Jan Laverty (later married to Fletcher Jones Jr.).

The Fox Theater was one of the most classy theaters around. Red velvet curtains that opened and closed. Beautiful light fixtures on the wall. In the seventies around Halloween they would show classic horror movies at midnight!

MauriceM
MauriceM on November 17, 2009 at 4:07 am

The Charleston Plaza Shopping Center was located at 1800 E. Charleston Blvd. A July 1971 telephone directory lists the following stores within it:

Bank of Nevada, Charleston Plaza Barber Shop, Daviess Howard Union Oil Dlr, Fox Theater, Lingerie by Candlelight, Lullabye Shop, QualiCraft Shoe Store, Wendel’s Hobby Shop, Triftimart Inc., and Woolco Dept. Stores. It also contained Pizza Bar No.1. A 1971 phone book ad proclaims “famous for our square (eastern style) pizzas & Italian ices”. It was in operation from at least 1971 and the final listing for it is in a 1980 directory.

robgw
robgw on February 9, 2010 at 7:48 am

This theatre had one of the best managers in the business, and he was also my dad. Richard Goldsworthy took the movie experience way beyond anything anyone else was doing at that time. From the “kid shows”, “Freaky Fridays” with my mom or me dressed up and lying in a casket, to the premiere of Annie, where the entire shopping center was tranformed with characters and propaganda that matched the show. My mom was the shopping center manager, Elsie Goldsworthy. I used to play all over the mall and theatre as a kid. Boy times have changed, my kids don’t have the freedom I did, and what a shame. I miss those old times, it is too bad that all that I have left is stories and photographs of the good times I had growing up. I am going to create a web page dedicated to my father with memories of the mall and theatre. Please email me if you have anything you would like posted when it is complete.

Robert Goldsworthy (email:)

coweyhere
coweyhere on November 7, 2010 at 12:10 am

A photo of the original neon sign from 2009, found in the Las Vegas Neon Graveyard:

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pscisme
pscisme on January 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I remember Dick Goldsworthy;I worked under Gene Hendricks at the Boulevard Twin from January ‘79 til September '80, and had a lot of good times during those High School days.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 23, 2012 at 9:58 am

Described in this 1965 trade article: Boxoffice

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