Hutchinson's Historic Fox Theatre is a regional center for the arts dedicated to the expression of the human spirit through quality entertainment and educational programming.
Communities rely more than ever on the cherished spaces where the shared experience of a live performance can build a mutual foundation for healing. In our region that gathering space is Hutchinson’s Historic Fox Theatre. From family movie nights to performances like the Ray Charles tribute, Sam Bush or the Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra, the Fox is a beautifully preserved space where we find ourselves transported to the place only live performances can take us. And it has that glorious effect on us each regardless of our race, political leaning or economic standing. This under-served, rural region of the nation is at the center of Kansas—the state that demonstrates year over year its passion for live performing arts and togetherness.
Through the Fox Theatre’s programming and services, Southcentral Kansas benefits economically, educationally and in the quality of life it offers its residents. All activities are delivered in a manner to meet the Fox Theatre’s standards of inclusivity, equitable access, and care for the greater good of the planet we call home. Those standards include the culture we create for all team members, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, guest artists, patrons and clients. We look forward to seeing you at the Fox.
ABOUT THE FOX
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.
The Fox has many distinctions:
*The Fox was named the “STATE MOVIE PALACE OF KANSAS” by the State Legislature in 1994.
* 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.
* 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.
* In 2004, the Theatre Historical Society of America selected the Fox as the premiere theatre of choice to tour. From their national conference in Kansas City, the group traveled by bus to tour the Fox, some coming as far away as England and Australia.
* In 2008 the Fox Theatre was awarded the Bisonte Historic Preservation Award and was named one of the 8 Wonders of Reno County.
* The Fox was one of the founding members of the Kansas Historic Theatre Association (KHTA). KHTA is one of the most active historic theatre preservation organizations in the country.
* The Fox has a Season Subscription Series, the Delos V. Smith Fox Film Series, and a "By the Bus" educational program. It is home to the Hutchinson Symphony, Hutchinson Theatre Guild, Phyl's Studio of Voice, Salt Minors, ArtisTree, and Sweet Adelines.
* The theatre closed in 1985 and stood empty until 1990 when Hutchinson’s Historic Theatre, Inc., a non-profit corporation purchased it. After undergoing a $4.5 million restoration, the Fox re-opened in 1999. This began a new era that presented world-class artists and performers such as Art Garfunkel, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Jeff Foxworthy, Jeff Dunham, Mark Russell, Doc Severinsen, Blood, Sweat, & Tears, Linda Ronstadt, Brian Regan, Tommy Emmanuel, and many more.
* The Fox celebrated its 75th Diamond Jubilee anniversary in 2006 with a Gala featuring Linda Ronstadt. The first movie ever shown at the Fox “Always Good-Bye” starring Alyssa Landi was also featured.
Hutchinson’s Historic Fox Theatre is a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation governed by a Board of Directors. It employees two full-time staff, six part-time and approximately 85 volunteers. The Education Coordinator is a volunteer position and technical crew members are “on-call” for events that require extra stagehands.
Thank you for all the work, dedication, and commitment to all that give of their time, talent, and support that makes the Fox a regional center for the arts.
*The Fox Theatre is a proud member of the Hutchinson Rotary Club, the Kansas Historic Theatre Association, the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce, League of Historic American Theatres, and Plains Presenters.