Fox Theater - Hutchinson, KS
Posted by: linkys
N 38° 03.208 W 097° 55.852
14S E 593799 N 4212287
Quick Description: The Fox Theater still has its original neon marquee.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 7/31/2012 7:42:01 AM
Waymark Code: WMF04E
From the Fox Theater website:
"The Fox marquee was the first flashing display of neon in Kansas and is one of only several surviving, functioning, original marquees in the country.
HUTCHINSON'S HISTORIC FOX THEATRE opened on June 8, 1931 and was designed by the Boller Brothers who were well known for constructing grand “movie palaces”. The Fox is considered one of the finest examples of theatre art deco architecture in the Central United States. It draws its distinction as an art deco building through its stepped treatments and projecting pilasters, which emphasize the building’s geometric form. The pressed aluminum and metallic glazed terra cotta floral, vegetal, and geometric reliefs, door moldings, capitals and bases, stair railings, light fixtures, cartouches, friezes, and other decorative features found in the building are all hallmarks of the art deco style.
Two films held their premieres at the Fox with the cast appearing at the event: “Wait ‘Til the Sun Shines Nellie (1952) and “Picnic” (1955). The Fox is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the State Register, and is considered a local landmark. The theatre seats 1221, has no obstructed sightlines and excellent acoustics." Source