Fox Theatre

837 SW Broadway,
Portland, OR 97205

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Fox Theatre exterior

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Originally opened in 1910 as the Heilig Theatre, designed by architect Edwin W. Houghton. This gorgeous Art Deco style movie palace had a freestanding ticket booth. Like so many others, it has been demolished.

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JohnMessick
JohnMessick on May 22, 2012 at 12:13 am

Now that is a great looking marquee.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

September 27th, 1929 reopening ad as Rialto and August 12th, 1954 Fox opening ad has been uploaded in the photo section for this theatre.

paulnelson
paulnelson on February 23, 2014 at 2:33 am

I remember riding down the street across from these glorious old theatres in the 50’s and the Fox marquee outdid them all. Art deco and colorful. Only the Paramount still exists but was renamed. It is similar to Seattle’s Paramount. That theatre still exists too and has been restored. Home to lavish stage productions with a larger stage.

kabuking
kabuking on March 25, 2015 at 2:56 am

Corporatism killed it and now there’s a hideous and soul-dead sky scraper there.

Coate
Coate on April 7, 2015 at 10:25 pm

It was 50 years ago today that “The Sound of Music” premiered at the Fox. With a reserved-seat run of 116 weeks, it’s almost certainly the long-run record holder for this venue. (Anyone know of something that ran longer?) It was one of ten runs in the United States and at least 24 globally that ran the movie continuously into a third year.

nansiw
nansiw on July 30, 2015 at 7:43 am

I just acquired a Cash Box/Ticket dispenser marked Nelson & Son Mayfair Theatre Bldg. Portland, Oregon w/ Patent #. Trying to figure out what to do with it. I’ve been researching for any Portland theatre historical societies with not much luck….

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 16, 2016 at 2:43 am

1974 photo added via Kevin-Michael Moore‎. The Music Box Theatre to the right of the Fox, is neither the former Liberty Theater nor the other Music Box listed in Portland on CT. Any ideas of what it’s former name might have been, so I can post the photo on that page too?

chspringer
chspringer on February 16, 2016 at 2:53 am

Dave, The theater next to the Fox was built in 1959 and opened with the roadshow of Ben Hur. It was named the Music Box from the get go.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 16, 2016 at 2:56 am

Thanks. Apparently it does not have it’s own CT page.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 16, 2016 at 3:50 am

I had notes for the sixth (and final) Music Box Theatre in Portland and intended to submit it ages ago, but must have overlooked it. Now the notes have gone missing. What I can gather quickly is that it was built into an existing building, its formal opening was on January 20, 1960, with 628 seats (later reduced to 611, probably to fulfill ADA requirements,) it was equipped with DP70 projectors, it closed before 1991, and was demolished in 1997, along with the rest of the block, for the Fox Tower project.

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