Fox Theatre

Missoula, MT 59802

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The Fox Theatre opened on December 8th, 1949 with the movie “Everybody Does It”. The architect of the Fox was Charles D. Strong. The theater was situated just outside Missoula’s main business section. It was a deluxe first run house with many special features.

The stone brick and stainless steel facade was topped by a neon-lit tower with the name “Fox” in giant neon letters. Glass doors led into a lobby carpeted in green and red with indirect lighting.

Before reaching the foyer, patrons passed through a large outer lounge where a striking metal refreshment stands were located. Illuminated animal murals were on the back walls. Decoration in the 1050 seat auditorium had Native American theme.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

killerbob on February 9, 2005 at 10:28 am

UPDATE: The sign has been moved and is laying along the side of the road along US Highway 93 two miles north of I-90 and looks weatherbeaten. I will try to take a picture if I can but I have to dodge traffic plus it may be two to five years before I can get a picture submitted to this site. I’m trying to get a picture of the theatre taken in 1959 showing the world premire of The Hanging Tree submitted but can’t.

killerbob on May 26, 2007 at 7:58 pm

Here is an updated photo of the sign. This is a picture that was in the 5/24/2007 issue of the Missoula Independant

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2007 at 9:53 pm

Was there another Fox Theater in Missoula? A Robert-Morton theater organ size 3/8 was installed in a Fox Theater in 1925.

kencmcintyre on February 14, 2008 at 10:43 pm

Here is a 1959 photo from the University of Montana archives:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 14, 2008 at 10:47 pm

The Hanging Tree with Gary Cooper and Maria Schell was released in February of 1959.

killerbob on February 18, 2008 at 10:31 am

If I can find it, the 1950 University of Montana yearbook has an ad for the Fox with a picture of the first day of business in 1949. I will submit it as soon as I find it

killerbob on April 26, 2009 at 8:13 am

the 1984 photo was taken a few months after the theatre was closed

Trolleyguy on August 6, 2013 at 11:07 am

The “American Pickers” TV show on the History Channel featured some lobby poster boxes from this theater. They were salvaged by a couple from Pennsylvania who were visiting Missoula at the time of the theater’s demolition.

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