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The Fox Theater in Green Bay (1930)

Fox Theater


The Fox Theater is a significant 1930s "atmospheric" movie theater. Atmospheric movie theaters were decorated in an exotic theme representing outdoor gardens and/or small town streetscapes in an attempt to heighten the sense of escape offered by motion pictures and theater performances. The Fox Theater opened on Valentine's Day, 1930, with a gala event that drew thousands of guests, including an assortment of Fox officials and dignitaries from Milwaukee. The program included footage from Green Bay Packer game victories, a recital on the theater's organ, other live events, a feature film, and a cartoon. Despite the economic woes of the 1930s, movies remained incredibly popular and offered an escape from harsh realities.

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Related Topics: Industrialization and Urbanization
Depression and Unemployment
Creator: Larsen, L.P.
Pub Data: Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places.
Citation: Fox Theater. Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1399; Visited on: 4/20/2014
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