Fox Theatre

309 Main Street,
Hackensack, NJ 07601

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Fox Theater

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Opened in 1932, the Fox Theatre in Hackensack, NJ was a fairly large Art Deco style movie house. The last first-run movie there was “Jaws 2” in 1980. After that, it was closed with an "under renovation" sign outside. It never re-opened and was demolished in 1998.

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mdvoskin
mdvoskin on June 24, 2008 at 9:26 pm

The Warner theatre was most likely The Oritani. The Oritani was still owned by RKO-Stanely Warner Theatres, a direct successor to the old Warner Theatre Circuit, when it closed.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 24, 2008 at 9:45 pm

The Oritani opened in 1922, eight years before that announcement.

Apollo1
Apollo1 on May 16, 2009 at 2:37 am

Hi folks. I honestly don’t understand that 2003 article from the Bergen Record. Demolition on the Fox was actually begun back in 1993! You can see the stripped and decapitated facade at the end of the movie trailer for “Not for Today, But for All Time…” here:

www.knightskypictures.com/Not_for_Today,_But_for_All_Time/Trailer.html

Compare that image to this 1981 photo if you have any doubt:
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The shot from the movie trailer is certainly not one of a building undergoing any kind of renovation. Can any northern NJ residents shed light on this?

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on September 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm

The Fox was closed for a number of years; I seem to recall it did open, but only for one night only closed-circuit sporting events, like fights, etc. After Jaws 2, I don’t recall it being open on a consistent basis. The theatre was to be torn down and another building was to be put up, but there were many delays and the theatre just began to rot away. Today there is absolutely no trace there was ever a theatre there; same with the Oritani, which was across the street.

livinnca
livinnca on June 25, 2011 at 6:06 am

I too saw jethro tull at the old very small fox theater in hackensack nj back in 1971. We had second row center seats, truly amazing concert and experience. One of those things you never forget.

myoscary
myoscary on December 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I saw “The Jerk” (1979) there in June of 1981 so it was operational until at least then. It was never twinned. It had a very long entrance hall as I recall. The space is now a parking lot.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Pictured in this 1970 trade report: Boxoffice

formeruaguy
formeruaguy on August 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

As one of murray Spectors last assistant managers at the Fox My thanks for the posting of the box office article. mr Spector, an old vaudeville man himself, was a true showman as that article oroves. I was there as a relief manager before being promoted to manager and moved to the late great colony theater . Did you know thw Fox had a two room walk in bank style vault in the managers office ?

spector
spector on July 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The Fox Theatre was an amazing place. My father was the Manager for many years and I worked there as an usher while in high school. I can remember many live concerts including Jethro Tull, U2, Santana, Mountain, etc. I also remember when Muhammad Ali showed up on a bus tour promoting one of his fights which was being shown by closed circuit TV at the Fox. Great memories.

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