Fox Theatre

1800 E. Charleston Boulevard,
Las Vegas, NV 89104

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JimPerry
JimPerry on June 23, 2018 at 11:34 am

To Scott Zimmerman: Yes, the Fox was torn down. BUT NOT “to make way for a shopping center” – the theatre was part of a new one called the Charleston Plaza Mall. At the time the theatre was built (1964), National General Theatres (the Fox’s original owner/operator) was in “expansion mode” (at the time, they wanted to build single screen theatres in shopping centers). The Fox was torn down because its last operator, Syufy Enterprises, felt it was no longer doing “business” for them. Sometime after the theatre was demolished, the whole mall was remodeled.

To Robert Goldsworthy: I tried to contact you, via your posted e-mail addy, but “no dice” on that. So, hopefully, you’ll read this message – I didn’t know your dad personally, but I went to the Fox on a semi-regular basis. Yeah, you are right about him – he was “the ultimate showman”. Even when the theatre played a “stinker”, that was his voice on the Fox’s telephone recording sounding enthused. Anyway, I have 2 stories about him, which I want to relay here: {1.} In 1973(? – I believe), Mann Theatres takes over the National General chain, and sometime in 1974, they do “the UNTHINKABLE” – they turn these theatres from nice, single-screen ones into ugly, “shoebox twins”. The exception: the Fox Cinemaland in Anaheim, Ca (which was located across the street from Disneyland – hence that theatre’s namesake). Mann turns that one, which probably was even larger than our Fox, here, into a triplex. Which, by all accounts, was described as “an abortion job”. Mann has plans to do the same thing to the Fox here. But your dad (God bless him) puts his foot down & tells the company something like “OVER MY DEAD BODY! You are NOT gonna ruin this theatre to make a profit.”

And

{2.} I saw the last movie the Fox ran – “The Emerald Forest”. Not long after the theatre closed, I showed up there to take one last look at it. (I knew that it was eventually gonna go “bye-bye”.) It’s my understanding that not long after Syufy took over the Fox (due to what I call “The Annie Fiasco”, which is a story in itself), your dad quit managing the Fox & focused on just managing the mall. Anyway, your dad came up to me & asked “Can I help you?” And I said, “No – I’m just having a last look.” He & I just stood there for what seemed like ages (probably just a minute or 2, actually), when I turned to him & asked “Why the hell did Syufy close this theatre down?” His answer was “They didn’t want to keep running it” or something like that. But whatever he said, the look of disgust on his face spoke volumes. That was the last time I saw him & the theatre.

I consider both The Fox AND The Las Vegas Cinerama to be the greatest movie theatres Las Vegas ever had – too bad they no longer exist…..

pscisme
pscisme on January 3, 2011 at 4:55 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.

coweyhere
coweyhere on November 6, 2010 at 9:10 pm

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

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robgw
robgw on February 9, 2010 at 4:48 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:)

MauriceM
MauriceM on November 17, 2009 at 1:07 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.

phantomhillbilly
phantomhillbilly on September 18, 2009 at 1:58 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!

milomoviemaniac
milomoviemaniac on April 17, 2009 at 9:41 pm

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?

dogherder
dogherder on March 28, 2009 at 11:48 am

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!”.

tmgowens
tmgowens on June 5, 2008 at 9:58 pm

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

tmgowens
tmgowens on June 5, 2008 at 9:57 pm

My dad was the manager of that American Furniture for a few years. Liberace was a customer of his. I have pics of him with Johnny Carson, too. Anyway, I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Fox the summer after I was in 1st grade. I went to work with my dad on a Saturday and found my friend there doing the same. His mom was the ticket lady at the Fox and we watched the movie 4 times straight for free. I have many fond memories of that day now especially since the new Indy is out.

What surprises me is that my dad trusted me enough to stay safe-no way I let my kids do that now.

VegasVic
VegasVic on September 4, 2007 at 6:19 pm

Don’t forget what was at the opposite end of the mall from Woolco…. Thriftimart!

KimF
KimF on August 18, 2007 at 6:23 am

Yep… That’s it! Great site, Ken… Thanks!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 18, 2007 at 12:08 am

There is an abandoned marquee in this Vegas graveyard. Probably from the Fox. Scroll down about halfway to see it:
http://tinyurl.com/2ayyqe

KimF
KimF on July 19, 2007 at 2:18 pm

No nightmares tonight, slim! ;–)

henderson
henderson on July 19, 2007 at 1:58 pm

Your right! I forgot about the “Creepy” dark section of the mall that you had to walk through to get to the theatre. Thanks for jogging the old memory.

KimF
KimF on July 19, 2007 at 6:56 am

Yep… Woolco was the anchor store. American Furniture was pretty big, but their product quality was on the same level as Woolco. LOL The mall always had kind of an ‘abandoned’ feel to it… creepy.

henderson
henderson on July 18, 2007 at 4:40 pm

Great theatre. It was big and clean. last time I went there was in 1971. Saw a chick flick, “Friends”, with my date. Of course we didn’t call them “Chick Flicks” back then.
I seem to remember that the mall was a bit lame. One major store and a little bit of this and that.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on April 21, 2007 at 4:50 pm

The sign for this theatre now rests at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas. Possibly there are other theatre marquees and signs, too.

Rickjr34
Rickjr34 on March 14, 2007 at 5:48 pm

Opened as a National General/Mann theatre,taken over by Syufy Theatres.(Now Century Theatres)

Its sister theatre was the Boulevard Twin located on Maryland Parkway near the Boulevard Mall and its three screen Plitt Parkway 3.

johnnybatters
johnnybatters on August 25, 2005 at 2:39 pm

Oh yeah I remember this theater. Before we would go stand in line there was a karate studio next door where we use to watch them practice karate. I think the last movie I was there was “Superman.”
Had to have been in ‘78 of course.

KimF
KimF on February 3, 2005 at 8:00 pm

Of course, the Fox Charleston Theater was IN a shopping center, too… Charleston Plaza Mall… home of “American Furniture,” a dance studio, “Woolco,” Bernhardt and Williams Photographers and others. The entire mall was demolished and rebuilt as a new outdoor shopping center.