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Fox Theatre Celebrates 70 Years in Business

With All of the Changes, The Big Screen Still Draws a Crowd

In the early part of the 20th century, theaters were a community staple, a social event. The U.S.A. Theatre in Sidney was built during the big theatre boom during the World War 1 period as a diversion from the horrors of war, according to

The 1020 Illinois St. attraction opened on Aug. 11, 1917 with William Night in “The Blue Streak” and Billie Richie in “The House of Terrible Scandals.” It was also during a time when theater attendance was motivated by air conditioners, a luxury not afforded by many families.

In 1929, the theatre was renamed the Fox Theatre, and on June 7...


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