Fox Theatre

37 N. Market Street,
Duncannon, PA 17020

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There are references to the Photoplay Theatre back to 1910 in Duncannon, PA. The theatre had some closures due to a fire, management changes and Depression-era downturn.

In 1935, the theatre was refreshed under new management becoming the Fox Theatre. On July 24, 1947, the theatre was gutted by fire while being refurbished. There are references that say it reopened and was retrofitted for other retail purposes.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 21, 2018 at 8:11 pm

The 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory lists both the Photoplay Theatre and a Lyric Theatre on Market Street in Duncannon.

Harrisburg district news from the July 3, 1948, issue of Boxoffice includes this brief item:

“Robert Moore has been named manager of the Canon Theatre, recently opened in suburban Duncannon.”
Given the date, this might have been either a new theater or the Fox restored and reopened. This is the only instance of the name I’ve found in Boxoffice, or anywhere else. After this, Duncannon’s theater history gets rather confusing. Film Daily Yearbook continues to list the Fox Theatre at Duncannon through 1952. Then in 1953 and 1954 it lists a Markan Theater in Duncannon. The Fox reappears in 1956, and then it’s back to the Markan through 1959.

The Markan Theatre also shows up in The Perry County Times from New Bloomfield, into the early 1960s, but the Duncannon house most often mentioned in that paper is called the Kanon Theatre, which turns up as late as 1963. The name Kanon never appears in the FDY. The Times sometimes mentions both the Markan and the Kanon in the same issue, but both houses seem to have been running movies only intermittently through the 1950s and later, so were not in competition.

Bizapedia lists the Markan Theatre as a fictitious business name filed on June 7, 1950. I don’t know why the name doesn’t show up in the FDY or the local paper until a few years later. I haven’t found a Bizapedia listing for a Kanon Theatre.

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