Fox North Theatre

825 Berkshire Boulevard,
Reading, PA 19610

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Previously operated by: Fox Theatres (Reading, PA)

Previous Names: Fox Theatre

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Fox North

Opened as the Fox Theatre on August 21, 1964 with Sophia Loren in “The Fall of the Roman Empire”. This was operated by Fox Theatres of Reading, PA. The Fox Theatre was renamed the Fox North Theatre when Fox opened the Fox East Theatre on May 3, 1971. The Fox North Theatre was equipped for 70mm.

The theatre closed in 1988.

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muviebuf on March 4, 2010 at 9:27 am

If I recall correctly the chief projectionist at the Fox was Red Gift. The Fox Theatre was built and operated by Fox Theatres of Reading PA.

At that time Fox Theatres of Reading was a weak sister in the Reading market. The Reading market was considered by the distributors at that time to be part of the Philadelphia territory and thus Fox was competing for product with the Colonial (Stanley Warner), the Embassy (Fabian), the Astor (William Goldman) and later the Eric (Sameric). All of these major chains had a large presence in Philadelphia and product was often split and pictures were often ‘blocked booked’ based upon a chain’s control of what was happening in Philadelphia. Shince Fox Theatres of Reading did not have any venues in Philadelphia they often struggled to get pictures for the Fox in Reading despite being a premium 70MM house.

I remember at one time the Fox was reduced to playing Deep Throat in 1972 for lack of product. Although the Fox did play Star Wars for over a year, it was then unable to secure “Empire Strikes Back” which played across the street on one side of the Eric bowling alley twin in mono sound while the 70MM Fox played some third rate piece of junk in 35mm. According to what we were told at the time Empire had been block booked into all of the Sameric theatres in the Philadelphia territory which is why the Fox could not get Empire.

Despite being a premiere 70MM house the

muviebuf on March 4, 2010 at 9:28 am

If I recall correctly the original manager of the Fox was Paul Angstadt who later became mayor of Reading.

JimmiB on April 20, 2010 at 8:28 pm

You are right, it was Paul Angstadt. The Fox was Dick Fox’s first movie house. Prior to that it was a drive-in chain consisting of the Reading Drive-In (where I worked for several years), the Sinking Spring Drive-In and the Mount Penn Drive-In, all in Berks County, plus the Deer Lake Drive-In in Schuylkill County. If I remember right, after leaving the Fox chain, Paul Angstadt operated the Strand in Hamburg, PA.

JimmiB on April 20, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Also, the address and map at the top are way off. The Fox was located in the Muhlenberg Shopping Center on the 5th Street Highway (Rt.222), just north of Reading.

RichardCWolfe on October 2, 2010 at 8:28 pm

After leaving Fox Theatres, Paul Angstadt who had been general manager of all of the Fox theatres,formed a partnership with myself, and we operated 13 theatres in eastern Pennsylvania under the name Angstadt and Wolfe Theatres, Inc.

Neither Paul nor myself ever operated the Strand Theatre in Hamburg. One of the theatres that we did operate, which Paul currently owns and operates is the Strand Twin Theatre in Kutztown.

JimmiB on October 2, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I stand corrected Mr. Wolfe, and my apologies for not remembering your name as Paul’s partner. Of course I would not question your information. I had the wrong Strand in mind. I might add that while I was an employee of the Reading Drive-In, Dick Fox did throw the best Christmas parties I’ve ever attended.

rivest266 on June 21, 2014 at 4:31 pm

August 21st, 1964 grand opening ad in photo section.

MSC77 on May 18, 2024 at 4:30 pm

This venue’s 70mm presentations history is included in the recently-published article “70mm Presentations in Reading: A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1964-Present”.

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