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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.
the 1984 photo was taken a few months after the theatre was closed
This is a 1984 photo.
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
The Hanging Tree with Gary Cooper and Maria Schell was released in February of 1959.
Here is a 1959 photo from the University of Montana archives:
Was there another Fox Theater in Missoula? A Robert-Morton theater organ size 3/8 was installed in a Fox Theater in 1925.
Here is an updated photo of the sign. This is a picture that was in the 5/24/2007 issue of the Missoula Independant
Here is a photo:
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.
Hi Killerbob. Like the name. I wonder if your the same one I knew?
The theatre you were at in Missoula in 1989 was the Wilma. It os still going. The Fox was showing previous run movies for a dollar and would also show a not so best selling movie like Star Trek 3: In Search Of Spock (which was the last film to show there before closing in June of 1984). The building sat around falling apart with no plans before demolition in July 1990. The land is vacant right now with the city trying to find a use for it. The landmark sign is laying on the ground in two pieces in a field on North Reserve St. I will try to get some pictures when I can.
Yes when did it close, anyone have any pictures? And what is the owner doing, his plans?
When did this cinema close? When I was about 12 years old around 1989 I remember attending a movie at a Fox Theatre somewhere in Montana. It may have been this one in Missoula since I know one town I was in was Missoula. The theatre I remember took my breath away. It was by far the largest single screen theatre I had ever been in, with ornate decoration and a balcony.