Fox Theatre

119 S. Tower Avenue,
Centralia, WA 98531

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KenLayton on October 19, 2014 at 8:47 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.

davefox on October 19, 2014 at 8:40 pm

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

KenLayton on December 15, 2013 at 12:00 am

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

KenLayton on December 11, 2013 at 11:32 pm

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 on December 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm

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

KenLayton on November 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I’ve worked at the Fox in the past.

Mikeyisirish on November 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Ken, do you work for the Fox?

KenLayton on November 29, 2012 at 12:12 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 on November 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

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

KenLayton on November 28, 2012 at 10:40 pm

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

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 11:07 am

2010 photos can be seen here, here, here, here, and here. The owner of the theater has told me that this marquee is now gone.

cjstewart on September 15, 2011 at 2:32 am

Come and visit us on Facebook.

Our wonderful Fox Theatre is an important part of the history of our town Centralia, WA. Our own native son, Scott White is now the man in charge of the restoration and activites of the theater. Our goal is to revitalize the Fox as a performing arts center, a multiple use event center.

We love Cinema Treasures, so much wonderful information about the theaters that all made us love movies. The information you have accumulated here is truly amazing….kudos CT!!!!!!

KenLayton on July 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Opera Pacific no longer has anything to do with this theater.

KenLayton on June 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm

The official website for the theater is now:

KenLayton on April 18, 2009 at 10:11 am

Confirmed. They are using a video projector and showing DVD’s.

KenLayton on February 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm

They are showing “Under The Same Moon” on February 6 and 7, 2009. Spanish audio with English subtitles. The film equipment is gone so I am assuming they are now showing videos/DVD’s.

KenLayton on November 13, 2008 at 11:27 pm

A new website for the Fox Theater in Centralia, Washington:

Artisian on March 3, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Article In local Paper
Historic Fox Theater Repurchased by the City of Centralia

According to the Centralia Chronicle, the City of Centralia has made a HUGE step of progress in the downtown revitalization effort by repurchasing the historic Fox Theater on the corner of College Way (Locust Street) and S. Tower Avenue.

KUDOS to the City of Centralia for stepping in to lead the way with the restoration efforts to bring the Fox Theater back to glory! Again the City of Centralia City Council has stood behind their public commitment to a complete and total revitalization of the historic downtown. The Centralia City Council has demonstrated their true devotion to the success of the downtown business community by committing to do the work to properly restore the Fox and return the theater to operation.

It is estimated that the Fox Theater restoration will take $2.5 – $3.5 million dollars to fully restore. Currently the city does not have these restoration funds available. However, Economic Development Director, Polo Enriquez, has committed to lead the effort to raise the necessary funds to complete the project successfully.

Theaters are an essential part of the downtown mix in a historic city. Before mass media, the local theater was the hot spot in town for entertainment. Most every historic downtown we have traveled to has one or more great old theaters. The Fox Theater is a delightful example of a wonderful performance venue. A busy downtown theater signifies an active culture for the arts, sets a mood and atmosphere of excitement for entertainment and creates a certain “buzz” to the downtown that something exhilarating is going on.

An active and booked theater also brings many new and welcome faces to the downtown district to mingle and socialize before and after the show. The theater is one of the strongest pulling attractions that a downtown has to offer. Quality entertainment and frequent bookings are key to the success of the venue.

A fully restored Fox Theater will be a welcome addition to the downtown district. This renovation effort will give the citizens of Centralia an opportunity to get involved with the fund raising, which will in turn bring a sense of pride and ownership of the community theater that has been a vital part of historic downtown for the last century. It is estimated that the Fox Theater will be operation in 12-18 months and fully restored in 36-48 months.

Artisian on March 1, 2008 at 5:03 am

I will be meeting with an individual for The City of Centralia who has been appointed the project manager for the fox restoration on
3-3-08. I will take some pictures of the condition of the theater while Im there. Im very excited to say that The City is having people come in to provide a bid on what needs to be done to restore the Theater to it’s original beauty. However they do need help to restore it properly, if anyone know anyone willing to contribute to the cause please respond. Thank you

KenLayton on October 29, 2007 at 12:11 am

No, it now has around 500 nearly new seats (with cupholder armrests) installed on the main floor and around 200 older good condition used seats installed in the balcony. New stair/step lighting has been installed in the balcony. Alot of cleaning and painting has been done to the auditorium. The dividing walls in the balcony that made up the two small theaters is gone so that the theater is a single screen again. Movies in 16mm can be run in the lower projection booth. The main heater in the basement is fully functional again. It puts out 3,000,000 BTU.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on October 28, 2007 at 8:21 pm

Does the FOX still look like the train wreck it did in 2003?

KenLayton on October 28, 2007 at 12:12 pm

I still have equipment in the projection booth I need to get out.

KenLayton on October 25, 2007 at 11:50 pm

Well it was just in The Chronicle newspaper (Centralia, Wash. dated Tuesday October 24, 2007. The City of Centralia has taken back the Fox Theater from the Opera Pacifica group. The city had not been paid any money since 2003 from Opera Pacifica.

KenLayton on September 23, 2007 at 1:40 am

Here’s a picture of the marquee as of Sept 18, 2007:

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It still has no wiring, no electricity, no neon, and the readerboard that faces north has no glass panels in it.