Fox Theatre

219 E. Third Street,
Carthage, MO 64836

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The Crane Theatre was in operation from at least 1926. 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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 25, 2008 at 11:11 am

This theater does date back to at least 1926. Here is an excerpt from The Reel Journal Feb. 20, 1926.

Working on the theory that two rival dance orchestras would put forth their best paces in competition with each other on the stage, Jack Gross, manager of the Crane Theatre, Carthage, Mo., got a capacity crowd a few days ago on this attraction which he billed “A Jazz Battle.”

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 25, 2008 at 3:01 pm

A Wurlitzer organ was installed in a Capitol Crane Theater in Carthage, Missouri in 1923. I wonder if that is a previous name or a different theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 19, 2010 at 5:51 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 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm

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.

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