Fox Theatre

1111 Geronimo Drive,
El Paso, TX 79925

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Previously operated by: Mann Theatres, National General Theatres

Architects: Richard L. Crowther

Previous Names: Fox Bassett Center, Fox-Bassett, Fox Twin

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Fox Grand Opening Ad

Located in the Bassett Center, National General Corporation opened the Fox Theatre on December 23, 1965. The debut attraction was a 70mm presentation of 20th Century-Fox’s "Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines."

According to local newspaper promotion at the time of the theatre’s opening, this was the first Fox theatre to open in Texas and the 221st in the United States. The theatre boasted 70mm projection capability, stereophonic sound, a 32' x 65' screen, refrigerated air conditioning, and comfortable bodi-form seats.

Initially operated by National General Corporation (NGC), Mann Theatres acquired the NCG properties in 1973. The theatre was twinned in 1976. It was closed on December 11, 1985.

Contributed by Michael Coate

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Coate on March 31, 2009 at 7:04 am

Long-run hits to play this theater included “Earthquake” (12 weeks; in Sensurround) and “2001: A Space Odyssey” (11 weeks).

Coate on March 31, 2009 at 7:06 am

The Fox Bassett Center may have been the first 70mm-equipped theater in El Paso.

Coate on April 13, 2009 at 8:27 am

The Jan. 3, 1966 issue of Boxoffice cited the seat-count as 850.

rayrojas on March 26, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Anyone have photos of this one.

rayrojas on March 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm

The building became a Photon after the theatre closed.

matt54 on December 22, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Even in its last days this was a beautiful theatre – saw “The Right Stuff” here, first run. Memorable.

rivest266 on July 1, 2018 at 11:20 am

This opened as the first major suburban theatre in the area on December 23rd, 1965. Grand opening ad below and also the photo section

Fox theatre openingFox theatre opening Thu, Dec 23, 1965 – 32 · El Paso Times (El Paso, Texas) ·

dallasmovietheaters on March 23, 2021 at 8:26 pm

As the theatre was reaching the end of its 20 year lease as an outparcel, Commonwealth created a $4.5 million, six-screen interior Bassett seating 1,723 patrons that launched December 13, 1985. The exterior Fox Basset Twin closed December 11, 1985 with “Santa Claus-The Movie” and “King Solomon’s Mines.” Both films were moved to the interior six-screen theater’s projection booth.

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