Fox Theatre

119 S. Tower Avenue,
Centralia, WA 98531

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This single screen theater opened on September 5, 1930, with Buster Keaton in “Doughboys”. The Fox Theatre was designed by architect Frank Wynkoop, working out of the office of Robert C. Reamer, with B. Marcus Priteca acting as consultant. It originally had 1,200 seats on three levels and was operated successfully for decades, until it was closed in 1998 (as a triple screen theatre) by its operator, Act III Theatres.

The Fox Theatre was sold to the non-profit group Opera Pacfica in 2004, which began the process of restoring the theater. It was occasionally used for movie screenings. It was bought back by the city of Centralia in 2007, and restoration work continues. Film performances began in early-2009.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 41 comments)

KenLayton
KenLayton on November 28, 2012 at 11:40 pm

On Friday December 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm the brand new marquee will be revealed and lit up.

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on November 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

That’s great! I look forward to photographing it!

KenLayton
KenLayton on November 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm

There is a picture of the new marquee still on the back of a flatbed truck on the theater’s Facebook page now. It looks great!

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on November 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Ken, do you work for the Fox?

KenLayton
KenLayton on November 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I’ve worked at the Fox in the past.

KenLayton
KenLayton on December 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Pictures of the new marquee (both lighted and unlighted) are on the theater’s facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/CentraliaFox

KenLayton
KenLayton on December 12, 2013 at 12:32 am

Pictures of the new awning and neon signage are now on their facebook page. The new awning was just installed yesterday and I hear it’s fantastic. It was made by a sign company in Sacramento, California.

KenLayton
KenLayton on December 15, 2013 at 1:00 am

There are now pictures posted on their Facebook page of the new awning all lit up. It sure is colorful!

davefox
davefox on October 19, 2014 at 9:40 pm

I’m told that Opera Pacifica no longer is involved with the Fox.

KenLayton
KenLayton on October 19, 2014 at 9:47 pm

davefox: Yes that is correct. Opera Pacifica no longer has any involvement with the Fox Theater. Scott White of Historic Fox Theater is the current owner/operator.

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