Fox Theatre

303 S. Mattis Avenue,
Champaign, IL 61821

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Previously operated by: Mann Theatres, National General Theatres

Previous Names: Fox Country Fair Theatre

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Fox Theatre, Champaign, IL

The 900-seat Fox Country Fair Theatre opened in 1967, on the corner of S. Mattis Avenue and W. Springfield Avenue, for National General Theatres. It was located in a two story building with a large, triangular marquee, and when it opened, could show both Todd A-O and Cinerama features. The opening movie was the now-forgotten Disney film “Monkeys Go Home” starring Dean Jones.

While the Fox Country Fair Theatre primarily showed first-run commercial films like “Star!”, “Camelot”, and “The Godfather”, it did also screen B-grade “adult” fare on occasion, such as “Go Go Pussycats”.

In 1973, National General was purchased by Ted Mann, and under the Mann Theatres chain, the theatres' name was shortened to simply the Fox Theatre. However, in three years, the Fox Theatre was shuttered after a new four-screener opened at the nearby Country Fair Shopping Center.

In 1977, the theatre was gutted and converted into a bank. It was demolished in September 2021.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Broan on July 12, 2005 at 10:20 am

Here is a photo record showing the theater shortly after its conversion to a bank.

seymourcox on May 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm

This video tells the Fox history and shows rare images;
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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 1, 2019 at 1:21 am

This former theater building will soon no longer exist, as Chase is building a new location nearby and there are plans to build a CVS on this site…

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 24, 2021 at 12:47 am

The building is now demolished.

local157 on February 23, 2024 at 8:44 am

This article has a picture and short story about the demolition:

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