Fox Theatre

6757 Airport Boulevard,
Austin, TX 78752

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Fox Theater

The Fox Theatre was opened by National General Theatres on October 26, 1967 with Sidney Poitier in “To Sir, With Love”. The opening movie was “To Sir, With Love” starring Sidney Poitier. It was twinned on December 20, 1972. I barely remember what the place looked like since I was so young but I remember seeing “The Black Hole”, “Chariots of Fire”, and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” there. The concession stand was smack in the middle of the lobby and the theatres were on either side. The Fox Theatre was closed November 7, 1985 and is now a Mercede-Benz dealership.

Contributed by MadBev

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rivest266
rivest266 on March 10, 2018 at 3:26 pm

2 screens on December 20th, 1972. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

cineramafan
cineramafan on March 10, 2018 at 5:06 pm

Thanks for the great ad! Those were the days, the huge curved screen with those incredible curtains. Opening the curtains was so terrific, and contributed to a real “sense of occasion.”

Tosh
Tosh on March 10, 2018 at 5:23 pm

You know what’s bad is I managed that theater for a couple years in the 80’s and I don’t remember the curtains. I had a couple theatres in Phoenix with wonderful curtains and I agree they made it special

cineramafan
cineramafan on March 10, 2018 at 6:28 pm

Great theater, the Fox in Austin, before it was divided in half. Always a wonderful presentation. Curious to know what theaters in Phoenix you managed.

Tosh
Tosh on March 10, 2018 at 7:49 pm

Maryvale, metro 8 , Mann’s Christown and the one with great curtains was the Palms Theatre , an old single screen downtown Phoenix

cineramafan
cineramafan on March 11, 2018 at 7:09 pm

Thank you! I wonder if any of those are still open… I certainly will do some research and thanks for the post!!!

Tosh
Tosh on March 13, 2018 at 1:01 pm

The Palms was torn down and replaced with a high-rise. The Maryvale is gone too

MSC77
MSC77 on March 20, 2018 at 9:17 am

I’m curious what years Tosh managed this theater because there appears to be credible evidence this venue did have the capability to run 70mm prints. While 70mm projection is not touted in the theater’s grand opening advertisement, it is listed as a 70mm-equipped theater in a late 1960s Norelco (projector manufacturer) trade ad as well as in 1980s era Dolby install records. Plus, more tellingly, at least a dozen movies were promoted as a 70mm presentation in the Austin newspaper during the 1970s & 80s including “Brainstorm,” the first two “Indiana Jones” movies, and revival runs of “The Sound of Music” and “2001.” The last known 70mm presentation here was, I believe, “Silverado” in 1985.

Tosh
Tosh on April 2, 2018 at 4:22 pm

I’m getting old and my memory is poor. I believe it was 83 and 84 I managed the Fox. It was a 3 Plex at that time and I don’t recall playing any 70 mm film. I did have the second run of raiders and it was in Dolby surround. The union projectionis ran the booth and I only ran the projectors when they didn’t cover a shift. In all my management years I only recall running one 70 and that was the world premier of ET at Mann’s Christown in Phoenix Arizona

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