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Stevens Point, WI: College Student Trying to Revive Fox Theater

Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2009 3:20 PM

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The Appleton Post-Crescent is reporting that a Drew Jackson, a University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point student, has embarked on a personal project to get the Fox Theater in Stevens Point to re-open. The theater has been closed since 1985.

The Web and Digital Media Design major embarked on a personal project about two months ago to bring ideas and community support behind re-opening the Fox Theater on Main Street as a second-run single screen theater, which closed in 1985. Jackson started doing research on the building, and found others who supported the idea.

"I didn't know that much about it," he said. "It grew on me."

According to the movie history web site Cinema Treasures, the Fox Theater was built in 1894 as the Grand Opera House. Harry Houdini performed there in 1897. It began showing movies in 1920 as the Majestic Theater until it was purchased in 1928 and renamed the Fox Theater. In 1982, it was declared a historical landmark.

There is quite a bit of activity on the Cinema Treasures site from people who would like to see the theater re-opened, and one can never underestimate the drive of a person on a mission, but I can't help but think that this will end up like so many other similar projects to revive small classic theaters; in failure.

Jackson has set up a web site to document his progress, so if you're interested, check it out. WSAW Channel 7 out of Wausau interviewed Jackson, and their web site coverage has video of the interview.

We wish Jackson good luck with his project, he's going to need it!

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