4215 19th Street,
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Firms: Pearson & Wuesthoff
Previous Names: NCG Fox Theatre, Mann Fox Twin, Mann Fox Fourplex
National General Corporation opened the 800-seat single screen Fox Theatre on July 2, 1968. The attraction was a special Kiddie Show of John Wayne’s “McClintock", sponsored by Pepsi Cola. In attendance was Chill Wills, who had made a second career from attending such events. Regular showings began the next day with John Wayne again in “The Green Berets". According to advertisements in the Avalanche Journal, in October of 1969 another auditorium was added.
On August 31, 1973, Lubbock police raided a sold out performance of “Last Tango in Paris” and confiscated the film. The patrons’ money was refunded and it was said that there were already 500 waiting in the rain for the next show.
On December 20, 1974, by dividing the two existing auditoriums, it became the Fox 4 with 1,604-seats. In attendance at the opening was Rhonda Fleming, named by the by the local press as the Vivacious Hollywood Redhead. Ms. Fleming, known in film circles as the ‘Queen of Technicolor’, became Mrs. Ted Mann in 1978.
While operated by Cinemark, the theater closed in 1993.
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