Fox Town & Country Theater

2445 South MacArthur Boulevard,
Springfield, IL 62704

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rivest266 on July 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm

December 21st, 1967 grand opening ad in photo section.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on November 13, 2009 at 2:17 pm

My first theater where I was the chief was at the Town Cinema in Kankakee, IL. However, my first introduction to learn the theater business was here at the FOX. I had worked there as a union projectionist apprentice in 73 and 74.

Bill Jackson was the regular operator at the FOX and business agent for the union. In those days, it was owned by Mann.

I remember there was a spotlight in the booth with the name “Grauman’s Chinese Theater” written on it. The spotlight was there as a loan. When I saw that spotlight, I knew I had to go to Hollywood. I did go to Hollywood and worked at the Chinese, off and on, for 20 years. Yeap, it all started at the FOX!

I have worked a thousand theaters between Hollywood, CA and Long Island, NY; all the studios in Hollywood; and most movie stars homes. Honestly, I wish I was still a projectionist at the FOX in Springfield, IL. My Hometown…