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Fox Theatre

20 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Fox Brooklyn Theatre auditorium

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The Fox Theatre was once a centerpiece of Downtown Brooklyn. It was opened by William Fox on August 31, 1928 with Janet Gaynor in “Street Angel”. It had 4,305 seats. Interior decorations were in a mix of Spanish Baroque, with Marine motifs. The proscenium was 50ft wide, the stage 39ft deep. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer ‘Crawford Special’; 4 manual 37 ranks organ, which also had a slave console.

The Fox Theatre closed as a movie palace on February 6, 1966 with William Bendix in “Johnny Nobody” and David Niven in “Where the Spies Are”. It became a popular concert venue for rock ‘n’ roll shows emceed by Murray Kaufman (Murray The “K”) which lasted until April 1968. Later in 1968 it was briefly taken over by the Salmaggi Grand Opera Company. It was ‘Temporarily Closed’ for two years, then a “Farewell to the Fox” week of organ concerts were held from October 31, 1970 until November 4, 1970, with Bill Gage playing the mighty Wurlitzer.

Demolition began on November 7, 1970 and was completed in early-1971. The Consolidated Edison company of New York was built in its place.

Contributed by Joseph Cascio, William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 182 comments)

NittyRanks
NittyRanks on March 5, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Yeah it is a great site. I used to go there more but it is pretty extensive with the pictures and all.

PragmaticGuy
PragmaticGuy on January 31, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I have a promo album of Murray the K doing an Easter or holiday show from the Fox. Gene Pitney and a number of other great early rock stars are featured.

albangin
albangin on April 15, 2012 at 12:49 am

Check some new old photos I just posted of the FOX staff. check ou photo section.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on May 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Click here for an exterior view of the Fox Theatre in 1929.

fred1
fred1 on December 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Go to page 8 : http://www.flavorwire.com/351944/the-most-beautiful-buildings-in-new-york-that-no-longer-exist

NittyRanks
NittyRanks on December 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Excellent thanks for that link!

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 9, 2015 at 12:38 am

This obit is from 2010. But is has a photo of house organist Rosa Rio at the organ. Copy & paste to view.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/15/arts/music/15rio.html?_r=3

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on July 19, 2017 at 7:58 am

There was a card(lobby card?) Frame(holder) seen on an episode of American Pickers(and some theatre seats too, possibly from the Fox Theatre too?). They brought the card holder, but not the theatre seats.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on July 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm

That episode of “American pickers” was called ‘A Banner pick"(i think?). Billy from 'Baggage battles" was in the epsode too.

Tony P.
Tony P. on July 12, 2018 at 11:03 pm

I remember going to the FOX for the. Rock & Roll shows and the last film I saw there was Damn Yankees in 1959. Going to down town Brooklyn to see a film was a big deal.Back in the 50’s besides the FOX you had the Brooklyn Paramount, the Albee and Lowes Metropolitan. These theaters got the first run films after they played in New York City. After the runs there the films played the local neighborhood theaters.

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