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Richard “Dick” Allen Fox Dies: Fox Theatres Founder, Former Nato President Was 90

Richard “Dick” Allen Fox, the founder of the Fox Theatres chain and a former president of the National Assn. of Theatre Owners , died on July 24 in Boca Raton, Fla. at age 90.

Fox founded Reading, Pa-based Fox Theatres in 1957 with the Sinking Spring Drive-In, the “World’s Largest Cinemascope Screen,” and over the next 33 years grew the regional movie theater circuit to 25 locations, with over one-hundred screens and more than 1000 employees.

At its peak, Fox Theatres was one of the largest independently-owned movie theater companies in the Us. Fox was considered a pioneer in the industry, bringing modern suburban movie theaters to markets throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Florida.

In 1984, Fox was elected president of the National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato), the industry trade association representing movie theater owners from across the country. He was a leader in theatrical exhibition at a time when the industry wrestled with existential issues

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