Fox Theatre

112 S. Second Street,
Laramie, WY 82070

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Fox Theatre

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Opened as the Empress Theatre in 1912 on South Second Street, the theater closed in 1939. It reopened a few months later, remodeled in Art Moderne style as the Fox Theatre, including a Streamline facade with a triangular marquee, and instead of a vertical marquee, the word Fox was spelled out in neon-lit letters on the facade.

The theater closed in the mid-1970’s and became vacant. It was demolished in 2009. A newer Fox Theatre currently operates in Laramie, with six screens, on 20th Street, operated by Trans-Lux Theatres.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 12, 2007 at 4:12 pm

This article gives a closing date of 1975 for the Fox Theater. It also gives the address as 112 S. Second.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 19, 2008 at 10:09 am

Here is a 2007 photo of the Fox Theater.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 19, 2008 at 10:38 am

The Fox Theatre is listed in the 1942 Film Daily Year Book with 700 seats. The 1954 FDYB says 812 seats. By the 1957 FDYB, the Fox is no longer listed, nor is Laramie itself, which could be an error or mean that no cinemas were operating there at that time.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 19, 2008 at 10:49 am

The 1931 Film Daily Year Book claims 700 seats for the Empress Theatre, and 500 seats for its only competition, the Crown Theatre. At that time, Laramie’s population was reported to be 8,609.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on April 13, 2009 at 11:32 pm

The Fox is still there as of 04/14/09 but apparently not for very much longer. Google Fox Theater in Laramie and you will find several very recent city documents planning its demolition. There are notices posted on all doors stating that the building is deemed unsafe and that it is illegal to enter or occupy it. What a shame, it is a very large and impressive art deco movie palace!

Patsy on September 30, 2009 at 6:47 pm

After viewing photos, I see that it was a very large and impressive art deco/moderne movie palace! Such a shame to lose this one to many years of…….neglect!

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on October 4, 2009 at 3:57 pm

As of my visit to Laramie to-day (October 4th,2009), The Fox has been completely demolished and no vestige of this beautiful theater. A lady at a shop next door told me that it took them all summer to complete and the last of its removal occured very recently. Very sad day.


William on March 22, 2010 at 8:01 am

The Fox Theatre reopened after the remodel on Sept. 14th, 1939, under the operations of Fox Intermountain Theatres.

kencmcintyre on March 22, 2010 at 10:24 am

At least you can still see the Fox on the map view. Rest in peace.

DonLewis on March 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm

A photo postcard view of the Empress Theatre before it became the Fox.

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