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Fox Theater collection

Identifier: L478

Scope and Contents

The collection contains financial paperwork, receipts, check stubs, and box office reports from Fox Theater ranging from 1954 to 1975. Also included are receipts, business cards, fliers for an upcoming show, and one photograph.


  • 1954-1975

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Fox Theater opened in December 1937. Located at 240 North Illinois St., Indianapolis, Indiana, the building originally opened November 22, 1909 as the Colonial Theater. The Colonial later changed its name to the Empress Theater before being renamed Fox Theater. The theater initially presented Vaudeville entertainment, then motion picture, and later became a burlesque house. The theater closed in December 1975.


Harlan, Rita W. and Bill Elliott. "Fox Theater." In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, p. 1333. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.


1.6 Cubic Feet (5 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Fox Theater on 1979/08/20.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L520: Indianapolis theatres collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2011/08 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2011/08 by Brent Abercrombie.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.