Richard A. Fox, owner of Fox Theaters and the last volunteer president of the National Association of Theater Owners, died this weekend at the age of 90, according to an announcement from NATO.
Fox was born in 1929 in Buffalo, New York and served as a staff sergeant in the US Army before launching the Fox Theaters chain in 1957. The chain started with the Sinking Spring Drive-In Theater – known for being the world’s largest CinemaScope screen – and expanded to 25 locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Florida with more than 100 combined screens and more than 1,000 employees.
He was elected NATO president in 1984 and “was a formidable leader of theatrical exhibition at a time when the industry was struggling with existential issues ranging from controversial trade practices to competition from new technologies,” his family said. His son, Donald, now serves as the CEO of Fox Theaters.
In addition to Donald, Fox is survived by his wife, Marcia, his son, Herrick, daughter Sheryl; sister Lee; ex-wife Helen; seven grandchildren; three stepchildren; and seven step-grandchildren. Donations in his name can be made to the Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund of the Berks County Community Foundation.