Fox Theatre

4111 Woflin Avenue,
Amarillo, TX 79102

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Fox Theater on Wolflin Ave.

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Opened July 31, 1968, the Fox Theatre was a single screen theatre operated by the Mann Theater chain. In November 1974 it was twinned.

It was closed July 27, 1992 and was demolished in summer of 1993.

Contributed by Billy Smith / Don Lewis / Billy Holcomb

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 19, 2009 at 8:01 am

The new Fox Theatre in Amarillo was set to open on July 30, 1967, according to the issue of Boxoffice dated the previous day. This 800-seat house was, like a number of theaters built during NGC’s expansion in the late 1960s, designed by the Los Angeles architectural firm of Pearson, Wuesthoff & Skinner. Amarillo architect Harold Mitchell was the local associate.

TLSLOEWS on September 1, 2010 at 2:32 am

Bourbon Street Cafe, Cattle Call BBQ Resturant and Joes Catering are all listed at this address now.

flyimac on October 30, 2012 at 3:02 am

Worked here when Superman, Grease came out….I know I was hired cause my name is Terry….There was several Terry’s working there…..had lots of fun

ronnwood on October 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm

The Fox Theater on Wolflin Ave opened in September 1968 showing “THE ODD COUPLE”. It played for weeks and weeks but I never wanted to see a movie about 2 old guys so I didn’t go to the theater until the premier of “BARBARELLA” December 3, 1968. I saw 262 movies there before they shut the place down July 27, 1992. The last was “DEEP COVER” June 20, 1992. The building sat empty and forlorn until it was demolished in the summer of ‘93. A Taco Bell and other businesses are now located at the spot where movies were once shown.

rivest266 on June 13, 2015 at 4:06 pm

July 31st, 1968 grand opening ad in photo section.

rivest266 on June 13, 2015 at 4:22 pm

November 27th, 1974 grand opening ad as a twin also in photo section

gunnermikee on September 21, 2016 at 12:02 am

I was a projectionist at the Fox for many years. First as a relief projectionist from 1974 to 1984. In 1984 became the full time projectionist till laid off in 1991. Ted Mann owned the property and sold it off in 1992. Hung the second movie screen in 1974 and helped install Sensurround for the movie Earthquake. Sensurround was too loud, the low frequency bled into the 2nd auditorium. Volume was turned way down. Lots of high school kids got their first job there.

Refman67 on September 16, 2017 at 3:56 am

I saw some very good movies at the Fox, including GREASE, SUPERMAN, and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK; however, as I got older and became more film savvy, I realized what a poor theater it was in which to see films. Its two screens were too narrow to accommodate films shown in 2.35, so over 20% of the image landed on both sides of the auditorium walls. Union projectionists were not employed but high school and college kids were, and the presentations were continuously screwed up. The projector lights were too dim and there seemed to always be a technical glitch in most presentations. I saw RAIDERS there three times several months apart and, no kidding, each subsequent presentation was shorter than the previous one due to the projectionists splicing out parts of it for whatever reasons. Celluloid lovers can thank theaters like this for giving us digital projection. Poor management and crappy quality are what did it in. Definitely NOT a cinema treasure.

gunnermikee on September 29, 2017 at 6:52 pm

Refman67 you are right about the quality going down hill. In the beginning Fox had the best equipment in town. Norelco Projectors were capable of showing 70mm and 6 ch sound over Altec Lansing VOTT speakers. When Mann took over in 1973 Mann wasn’t into quality and ran the business on a shoestring. Kept Rhonda in diamonds. Raiders ran for 5 months however Mann wouldn’t spend the $8 grand for a new print. Acetate stock couldn’t take the wear (if Mylar stock no problems would have occurred). Xenon lamps (1kw or 1.5kw) where to small for the throw. In the 80’s the theater gradually moved to manager/operator which high school operators. I was a local union operator IA 469 but worked Thurs(ship in/out night) Fri and Sat. Had platters installed and moved the Norelcos back to Los Angeles. Mann’s management was always behind the curve. Didn’t really see the multiplexs coming until way too late.

Refman67 on October 10, 2017 at 6:40 am

gunnermikee, your explanation helps to understand why it was a theater of such poor quality. Ironically, though, the presentations at the MANN 4-Plex on 45th and Bell were superior to those at the Fox. At least it could show a movie in its proper aspect ratio with both a decently bright picture and good sound. In fact, even though the Mann 4-Plex became a one-dollar theater in the early eighties, I used to wait for movies to go there that I really wanted to see if they had started their runs at the Fox.

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