Fox Theatre

527 N. Grand Boulevard,
St. Louis, MO 63103

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Norman Plant
Norman Plant on July 12, 2015 at 11:29 am

And the carpet was matched as closely as possible to the original carpet and it looks great. The good news is the floor is still there and intact and could be uncovered sometime in the future if the owners so desire. Considering the scope and expense of the original and ongoing restorations of this theater and how such care is taken to match it to its original look, I can’t get too upset about the choices the owners have made.

JAlex on July 12, 2015 at 10:20 am

When the theatre opened in 1929 the lobby was carpeted. So the carpet today is not unprecedented.

Patsy on July 12, 2015 at 10:03 am

Thanks for the reason, but to cover the original terrazzo floor is a crime, imo.

Norman Plant
Norman Plant on July 12, 2015 at 9:45 am

Chris, I was able to finally take the Fox Theater tour yesterday and this topic came up. There were two reasons given. Since most of the Fox shows are during the fall and winter it was a safety issue to avoid people slipping on the floor. The other reason was that it reduced the noise level in the lobby.

Chris1982 on July 11, 2015 at 11:38 pm

I wonder why they carpeted over that beautiful terazza lobby floor.

Patsy on July 11, 2015 at 2:56 pm

This sounds like a wonderful show! If I were closer, I would be there!

BobbyS on July 11, 2015 at 2:20 pm

August 23rd at 2pm, The Fox will present “Those Were the Days”. The program will include Colonel Jack Moelman, Walter Strony and Lew Williams on the mighty wurlitzer. Also an audience sing-along, Laurel & Hardy movie, and a musical “Tribute to America”. $25 general admission, $35 for the mezzanine. What a Show!!! I won’t miss this one. Come one, Come all !!!!!

DavidZornig on July 11, 2015 at 1:14 am

Added a small batch of photos courtesy of Kristen Stopp Godar, via the “St. Louis Missouri. History, Landmarks & Vintage photos” Facebook page.

Scott on December 8, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Bobby, I attended “A Christmas Carol” as well. I sat in the lower balcony. When it was over I walked up to the back of the balcony, which has an amazing view, of course. Starting at the foyer on the top floor I worked my way down to the main lobby. I believe there are five levels: three balcony levels, the loge, and the main floor. I guess there are six if you count the basement where the main lounges are. In any case, it’s quite a feast for the eyes. The defunct Paradise in Chicago has long been my favorite theatre, but the Fox in St. Louis is a worthy challenger. And though the Fox is not technically an atmospheric, it is about as fanciful as they come. And yes, Detroit is equally fortunate to have their Fox Theatre.

BobbyS on December 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Scott, missed you by two days. I took Amtrak down there to see “A Christmas Carol”. What a Theater !! The staff member gave us over an hour tour. The auditorium was closed all summer for a complete cleaning and touch-up. It looked absolutely gorgeous…You are so right, one has to be there in person to see this beauty. What a lobby entrance with the organ playing as you entered. First time there and will return. This is what a movie palace is all about. A nice photo tribute to Stan Kahn. This palace is lovingly taken care of.

Patsy on December 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

What a great night photo with that blade sign reading FOX.

Scott on December 8, 2013 at 9:47 am

I’ve been to the Fox dozens of times over the past 25+ years, and it has never looked better than it does today. Went to a show there on 12/7/13 and walked through the entire theater, much of it with the accompaniment of an enthusiastic staff volunteer. There have been a number of excellent photos taken of the Fox over the years, but none of them do it justice. It has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

nadadale on October 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm

When we lived in St. Louis, 1935-53; Stan Kahn was the organist who played between showings on the Wurlitzer Organ. Wonderful, and an exciting night out!


BobbyS on October 15, 2013 at 1:15 am

I also did not know this theater was the twin to the Detroit. I wonder if they still show movies. Looking forward to a trip there. Also wonder if the two are the same size in detail. Thanks Tinseltoes for the ceiling video.

DavidDymond on August 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm

During the 30’s through the 50’s this theatre was operated jointly by Fanchon & Marco and The Arthur Family together in partnership!

monika on August 13, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Photos of the ceiling restoration project:

JAlex on May 12, 2013 at 1:16 pm

After the production of “Anything Goes” closes June 9, the theatre will be closed for the summer as the ceiling is restored.

Patsy on September 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Didn’t realize the twin to this one is the Fox in Detroit!

JAlex on September 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Chances of the roof sign being restored can be laid to rest…the superstructure has been removed.

Patsy on July 7, 2012 at 8:37 am

We all grew up with the great TV cowboys. I even have a vintage black Hoppalong Cassidy cowgirl skirt with white fringe and my husband has the HC watch.

JAlex on June 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm

“The Robe” was not shown at the Fox but at the St. Louis up Grand Avenue.

laurence on June 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I am not sure about this, but I read somewhere that the house box-office record for the Fox, when it was still showing films, was set by 20th’s THE ROBE. Anyone know the facts?

laurence on June 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I took the St. Louis Fox tour in 2009. The guide said the current capacity was 4,000 seats after the restoration. That is still a huge theater. The place has been well-restored and is well-maintained. I would recommend the tour to any theater buff! (Alas, think what the San Francisco Fox would be like today if it had been preserved!)

Patsy on May 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

Nice publicity!