Fox's American Theatre

150 Ellison Street,
Paterson, NJ 07505

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Previously operated by: Fox Circuit

Architects: Henry Barrett

Previous Names: New Empire Theatre, Empire Theatre

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Fox's American Theatre

The Empire Theatre operation was first located in the Eden Theatre in 1900 It was moved to this location, opening as the 1,000-seat New Empire Theatre on October 30, 1905 and by 1914 it was the Empire Theatre. In 1918 it was closed and remodeled by architect Henry Barrett into a 1,500-seat theatre for William Fox and reopened as Fox’s American Theatre on April 27, 1919 with Tom Mix in “Well Roarin' Reform” & Viola Dana in “False Evidence”. It was closed on October 30, 1927.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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dallasmovietheaters on February 26, 2019 at 6:48 pm

The original location of the Empire Theatre was in the Eden Theatre which, itself had launched in 1889. It became the Empire Theatre with new operators in 1900. The venue was so popular that it moved.

In this location, the New Empire Theatre opened October 30, 1905 with live vaudeville and some short Kineographs. Becoming the Empire Theatre, it was closed to completely update the venue to the plans of architect Henry Barrett under new owner William Fox. It relaunched as a 1,500 seat house called Fox’s American Theatre and was designed for motion pictures, It opened on April 27, 1919 with Tom Mix in “Well Roarin' Reform” and Viola Dana in “False Evidence.” A front page story explained that the theatre closed October 30, 1927 due to a dispute with the Musician’s union.

rivest266 on March 1, 2019 at 6:54 pm

Grand opening ads posted

AndreasP on April 27, 2021 at 1:00 am

The address shows a parking lot on Google Maps, so I think this could be classified as not only “closed” but also “demolished”.

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