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Fox Theatres To Close Fox East

from Fox Theatres

Sep 11, 2019

Four-screen theater served eastern Berks for nearly fifty years

Wyomissing, PA – September 10, 2019: Wyomissing, PA-based Fox Theatres announced today that Fox East, the four-screen movie theater located in the Reading Mall, near Boscov’s East, in Exeter Township, is closing.  The last day of business will be Thursday, September 19, 2019. 

Fox East originally opened in 1971 as a two-screen “twin” theater, the first multi-screen movie theater in Berks County.  In 1973, two more screens were added to meet the strong demand for movies at that location.  In tandem, in 1971, Fox Theatres opened the Fox Midtown twin theater at 9th and Penn Streets in downtown Reading.  It was the first new downtown theater in decades, but was less successful than its Exeter sibling, subsequently closing, and today houses a Family Dollar store. 

“Fox East has a rich movie history and a devoted customer base, but lately has struggled to maintain its audience as we’ve upgraded our Fox Berkshire 8-screen theater in Wyomissing.  After record attendance last year, Fox Berkshire will get a four-screen addition in 2020,” according to Donald Fox, President of Fox Theatres. 

“Moviegoers prefer Fox Berkshire’s premium experience – heated luxury recliners, the giant “FTX” screen, Fox Kitchen & Bar, and Fox Patio.  We are honored to have entertained the local community who enjoyed movies at Fox East and look forward to continuing to serve them at Fox Berkshire.” Fox Theatres is currently exploring options for adapting the building for a different use.  

About Fox Theatres Fox Theatres was founded in 1957 by Richard Fox and continues to be family-owned.  Today Fox Theatres operates theaters in Reading, Pa., and Ocean City, Md. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit and follow us on Facebook,  Twitter, and Instagram.

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