Fox Theatre

17 W. Congress Street,
Tucson, AZ 85701

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IA
IA on May 31, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Gonzalo Martinez Jr.,I knew your father for a lot of years. He was a Union Brother and I was proud to call him my friend.

Gonzalo Martinez Jr.
Gonzalo Martinez Jr. on March 6, 2012 at 11:02 pm

My dad was the projectionist there and I have some of the fondest boyhood memories of having the whole balcony to myself while he shot the flicks. I saw many like The Longest Day;Wait Until Dark;Cat Ballou and Bridge on the River Kwai. Also closed circuit broadcasts of the Indy 500, Muhammad Ali prize fights, El Cordobes' Corrida de Toros from Jaen,Spain and the Beatles D.C. concert. I donated a film splicer and I.A.T.S.E. Gold Card from my father’s local of which he was vice president.The Fox is truly a jewel in the crown of the Old Pueblo.

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 22, 2010 at 12:50 am

From the 1960s a photo postcard view of Congress St. and the Fox Theatre in Tucson.

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm

From the 1940s a postcard view of Congress Street along with the Fox Theatre in Tucson.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Good work Obersenf, good luck to you and all.

ronbo42
ronbo42 on December 22, 2009 at 10:33 am

The City of Tucson has taken over management of the facility from the non-profit organization that restored it. They reduced staff and utilize city resources to support the theater. There are only five paid positions and the rest are volunteers (myself amongst them). We do contract out to a local event staffing company as the bar, security and other positions have certain legal requirements.

More and more people are discovering the Fox as downtown slowly gets renovated. More shows are being booked here and each season we show different movies (tonight is ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’). Parking is free downtown after 5 PM and on the weekends so there is no reason not to come see this beautiful landmark.

Patsy
Patsy on October 3, 2009 at 11:15 am

After reading the May 7, 2009 post about the Fox I do hope that the residents of Tucson and the surrounding areas continue to support this theatre as they are lucky to have this restored theatre in their downtown area after many years of it being closed. It’s a true AZ cinema gem and needs to be respected, not neglected ever again! As I recall the City of Phoenix lost their Fox, but Tucson did the right thing by restoring and preserving their Fox!

Patsy
Patsy on October 3, 2009 at 11:11 am

I recently met a couple from Tucson and they told me about the Fox Theatre in their city. Thank goodness it was saved from the wrecking ball and was restored and reopened after many years plus it is on the National Registry of Historic Places. I applaud the City of Tucson for saving this Fox as they did the Fox in Atlanta. Also nice to read that the ticket kios is being used as a will-call booth and that it wasn’t removed as is the case more often than not.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 17, 2009 at 12:06 am

Here is a November 1972 ad from the Tucson Daily Citizen:
http://tinyurl.com/mscl9e

wolfgirl500
wolfgirl500 on May 7, 2009 at 10:05 am

Latest news about the Fox as of 5/7/2009

Fox Theatre lost $1.4 million in 2 years

http://www.azstarnet.com/metro/291873

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 14, 2009 at 4:22 pm

This was the Fox in 2004.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 4, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Here is a 2/1/09 article from the Arizona Star:
http://tinyurl.com/dgo285

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 31, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Here is a December 2008 photo.

MPol
MPol on December 7, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Looks like a pretty cool theatre. My (now-deceased) grandparents lived in Tucson, having moved there from Brooklyn, NY in 1959. Sadly, none of us ever got to know about the Fox Theatre, let alone see any movies there.

Patsy
Patsy on September 23, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Great photo showing the original ticket kios!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 23, 2008 at 7:28 pm

This is a close-up view of the Fox.

RichM
RichM on June 12, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Went to the RE-opening movie Wizard of Oz. May see Frankenstein or The Blob there this summer

SPearce
SPearce on March 2, 2008 at 12:40 am

TomG: I think you’re right. The “Loft” rings a bell. I think when I asked at the University where the “Loft” was, I was told – Oh, everyone knows where the Loft is; just go to such and such (a corner) and you’ll see alot of people going to the Loft; just follow them; and they were right. I was looking for a building with a “loft” but it was just the opposite; that theater had no height at all. I think its name was from an earlier incarnation as some other business. Thank you.

OnslowKUA
OnslowKUA on March 1, 2008 at 8:44 pm

To answer SPearce, I believe that the theater that you referred to is the Loft which was located near the U of A at 6th and Fremont. Its current inception is the Loft Cinema which is listed in Cinema Treasures. Several years ago, the Loft Cinema took over the building that used to be the Showcase on Speedway Blvd. near Country Club Road. It is a non-profit run by a foundation. It shows mainly independent and art films and has a good following. This was the only theater in Tucson to show the Piaf film last year. There are two auditoriums, the larger one is downstairs and a smaller one is in what was once the balcony.

The Fox Tucson is located on Congress Street just west of Stone Avenue in downtown Tucson. It was closed from the mid 1970’s until early 2006. It has been fully restored and is used for concerts as well as movies. This weekend the fully restored version of a 1950’s John Wayne western, “Hondo” is being shown. It is being presented in its original 3D version.

SPearce
SPearce on February 7, 2008 at 1:20 am

In the Spring Semester of 1964 I attended the U. of AZ. In cleaning out some saved items from then I have found a Student Discount Card – a blue field with a white-lined illustration of a theater with the words “FOX” and “THEATRES” on the marquee and the vertical above it bearing the word FOX, and a kleig light and stars and light flashes in the sky. On the left is a cane with flag/banners in red/white/ blue with the three words FOX WEST COAST separated in each flag/ banner. Under it is the signature of Wm. H. Thedford. The id number under that is “518470” and “Expires June 30, 1964.” Then there was a place for a student’s signature.

On the backside it also bears:
“This card entitles bearer to Fox West Coast Student Discount Admission Price.

Not good for Special or Reserved Seat Attractions.

Present at the box office with Student Identification.

Discount Privilege will be revoked if used by other than original purchaser."

It also bears in the bottom left corner at the back a small “n” over a small “c” inside the capitol letter “G” and at the center “PRICE 50 (cents).”

If any preservation group for the Fox Theater in Tucson would be interested in this discount card to add to their collection of memorabilia for this theater, please advise.

Can anyone answer this question? In the Spring of 1964 I saw “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” in a small theater in Tucson, favored by students, that was the first “arthouse movie theater” I ever attended. Might anyone recall or share the name of it? It was quite a well attended theater, not large, and had posters of many films shown there on display in the exterior reception walls leading to the entrance to the theater. It seemed like it may have been a “wood” entry. I was surprised at the number of patrons it could house at one time. I also remember for the quality of films shown, the price seemed fairly modest (even though it was a university town).

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 19, 2007 at 2:58 pm

photos of restoration, click on each month:
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May 2000 article with photo of Art Deco chandelier:
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larger version of chandelier photo:
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photo of ceiling under restoration:
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Masonry repair:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 1, 2007 at 10:49 pm

This is a recent photo of the Fox Theater.

Patsy
Patsy on August 6, 2007 at 11:06 pm

But thank goodness the marquee doesn’t seem to have been changed!

Patsy
Patsy on August 6, 2007 at 11:05 pm

ken mc: When comparing the August 3, 2007 photo with your posted exterior b/w exterior vintage photo I can see the differences like awnings at the above windows and the change in the ticket kios!