Fox Theatres Corporation


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Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from the Fox Theatres Corporation dating back to the 1920's and 1930's. This document, which is signed by the company Vice President and Secretary, was printed by the American Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 11 1/4" (w) by 7" (h).


This certificate's vignette features a female allegorical figure and a cherub with a lion. 


You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    The Fox Theatres Corporation was incorporated on November 5, 1925 in New York, as an operating and holding company. The ccompany acquired the interests owned by William Fox and associates in companies and joint ventures owning, leasing or operating motion picture theatres, and sites for motion picture theatres as follows:

    • City Theatre Co. City Theatre, New York
    • Wm. Fox Realty Co. Academy of Music, 14th St., New York
    • Wm. Fox Theatre Co. American Theatre. Paterson, N.J.
    • Fox Varieties Co. Folly Theatre, Brooklyn, N. Y.
    • Wm. Fox Isis Investments Co. Isis Theatre, Denver, Colo.
    • Wm. Fox Amusement Co. Springfield Theatre, Springfield Star Theatre, New York
    • Wm. Fox Plaza Amusement Co. Plaza Theatre, Denver, Colo.
    • Fox Theatre Corp. Ridgewood Theatre, B'klyn, N.Y.
    • Wm. Fox Exhibitions Inc. Terminal Theatre, Newark, N. J.
    • Wm. Fox, Inc. Washington Theatre, Detroit
    • Wm. Fox Play Co. Real Estate Holding, Springfield, Mass.
    • Trepark Realty Co. Real Estate Holding, New York
    • B'way & 165th St. Realty Co Audubon Theatre, New York
    • Avenue Amusement Co. Crotona Theatre, New York
    • Wm. Fox Elizabeth Theatre Co Inc.
    • Liberty Theatre, Elizabeth, N. J.
    • Phoenix Amusement Co. Washington Theatre, New York
    • Jamaica Theatre Co. Jamaica Theatre, Jamaica, N. Y.
    • Broadway Varieties Co. Nemo Theatre, New York
    • Erway & 96th St. Realty Co Riverside Theatre, New York
    • 97th St. & B'way Realty Co Riviera Theatre & Japanese Gardens, New York
    • Flatbush Ave. & Nevins St. Corp.
    • Fox Theatre and Office 13uilding, Brooklyn
    • Colwood Co. Fox Theatre and Office Building, Detroit, Mich.
    • Theatre Realty Co. Fox Theatre and Office Building, St. Louis, Mo.


    In December 1925, Fox leased the theatre portion of National Press Building, Washington, DC, with a seating capacity of 3,600 persons. In 1926, the company arranged for construction of theatres in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, St. Louis, Brooklyn and Newark, NJ, all of which were completed early in 1928.


    The company also owned 50% interest in theatre in Buffalo, N. Y. In March, 1927, Fox acquired control of Roxy Circuit, Inc., through which company controlled Roxy Theatre Corporation - which operated the Roxy Theatre in New York, seating 6,200, and the Roxy Uptown and Roxy Mansion theatres property.

    In July, 1928, the company purchased the Poli chain of motion picture theatres in New England, with aggregate seating capacity of about 45,000. In March 1929, the company formed Fox Metropolitan Playhouses, Inc., to acquire about 200 theatres in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

    In March 1929, Fox acquired a substantial interest in Loew's, Inc. through purchase of stock, which stock was subsequently given to Fox Film Corp. Acquisitions during 1929 included Walter Reade Enterprises, operating 15 theatres, principally in New York and New Jersey; Schine Chain Theatres, Inc., operating 98 theatres in New York and Ohio; a chain of 20 theatres in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico, and Consolidated Amusement Co. and Mid-West Theatres, comprising 40 theatres in Kansas and Missouri. The company also acquired a 21-year lease on two theatres in Niagara Falls, and in March 1930, purchased two theatres in Herrin and two in Murphysboro, IL. The company's subsidiary, Fox-Metropolitan Playhouses Corporation, acquired in 1929 two theatres in South Buffalo, a 21-year lease on a theatre in Nutley, NJ, and a site for a theatre in Hackensack, NJ.


    In October 1929, a subsidiary, Fox Ohio Theatres Corporation, was formed in Ohio with a capital of 50,000 no par shares.

    In April of 1930, control of the company was acquired by General Theatres Equipment, Inc., through the purchase of the entire 100,000 shares of class B voting stock formerly owned by William Fox and associates.