Fox Theatre

219 E. Third Street,
Carthage, MO 64836

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The Crane Theatre was opened in early-1922. It was renamed Fox Theatre and was remodeled by architect Samuel W. Bihr Jr. in 1955. The former theater is today home to a bowling alley.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 19, 2010 at 7:51 am

The Crane Theatre became the Fox Theatre in 1955, replacing Fox Midwest’s Tiger Theatre which had burned the previous year. The building was extensively altered and given a Midcentury Modern style by architect Samuel W. Bihr, Jr. Before and after photos are on display in this article in Boxoffice of October 22, 1955. Many additional photos appear on the three subsequent pages.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 21, 2011 at 1:46 am

There’s a bit of information about the history of the Crane Theatre in this item from a Carthage Press weblog. It says that the house opened around 1922, and had a Hope-Jones organ.

The 1955 Boxoffice article I linked to earlier is now available starting at this link. There are additional photos on the three subsequent pages.

ldc402000
ldc402000 on April 4, 2015 at 10:23 am

Joe Vogel none of your links are working now but 2 years ago I copied the article on to a private group of people from Carthage. I will try to post them here. Thank you for your research.

ldc402000
ldc402000 on April 4, 2015 at 12:39 pm

I posted them on the photo pages.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 5, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Idc402000: Thanks for posting the article. My Boxoffice links have been broken twice as the magazine has moved from one site to another and then changed its own urls. The links to pages at issue.com are gone forever, but I’ve found that the links to the magazine’s own web site can be fixed by going into your browser’s address bar and replacing the part of the url that says- www.boxofficemagazine -with- pro.boxoffice -while the remainder of the url remains the same.

Carthage Press has apparently removed its weblog section altogether, but that particular page has been preserved by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, though without the photo that accompanied the original text.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 20, 2015 at 5:03 pm

An article in the January 27, 1922, issue of The Joplin Globe concerning an event that had taken place on November 21, 1921, indicated that the Crane Theatre in Carthage had at that time been under construction. It most likely opened in the early part of 1922.

imaxman
imaxman on April 24, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Comparing the B/W photo that includes the Hollywood Cafe with the burn photo of the Roxy you can see the window and brick patterns on the front wall are the same. I put one picture above the other so it would be easy to compare. 6 storefronts to the east would be where the Roxy was, ant whatever the theater was previously named.

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