Fox Theatre

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

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Scott on December 8, 2013 at 8:31 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 5:37 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 11:06 am

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

Scott on December 8, 2013 at 10:47 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 3:16 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 2:15 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 9:27 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 9:13 pm

Photos of the ceiling restoration project:

JAlex on May 12, 2013 at 2:16 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 7:06 pm

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

JAlex on September 21, 2012 at 6:13 pm

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

Patsy on July 7, 2012 at 9:37 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 7:38 pm

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

laurence on June 27, 2012 at 4:53 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 4:50 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 12:11 pm

Nice publicity!

Trolleyguy on May 17, 2012 at 7:44 am

The Fox was recently featured on the opening season for “America’s Got Talent.” Nice shots of the exterior and interior as people arrived for auditions for the reality show.

Lak on August 16, 2011 at 11:02 am

The news paper stated that the Fox would go dark for seven weeks for extensive interior and exterior work. Does anyone know if this work is completed?

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Frank Scalf on August 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

My mom worked there as a teenager in the 60s. It was in the movie “Escape from New York.” When I was in filmschool I drove up from Nashville and shot a documentary of the FOX for my production project. It’s my favorite theater ever. Best experience there was seeing Andrew Lloyd Webbers Phantom of the Opera w/my wife and family. I love the FOX. Wished I could drive up there every year to see a show. Would love to have seen an actually movie there.

bicyclereporter on January 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Was also a concert venue for rock shows. The Grateful Dead played here on 2/2/70, 3/17-3/18, 12/9-10,‘71 and 10/17-19, 1972.

JAlex on November 27, 2010 at 11:39 am

The reduction of seating capacity to the current level took place in 1960 while the theatre was still operating as a movie house.

spectrum on November 25, 2010 at 11:04 pm

When the Detroit and St. Louis Foxes were built, the plans were identical, the only differences being the Detroit Fox had 6 more seats (5,048 to 5,042) and the front facade was different (The Detroit Fox has a large office tower fronting the auditorium). The St. Louis fox lost more seats during their renovation, but originally they were the same layout. I’m very happy both have been restored.

TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Interesting history.

rlvjr on March 6, 2010 at 4:58 pm

At last I visited the St Louis FOX on 3/2/10. A fabulous place in every way, one of the most magnificent theaters in America.

Many have said the FOX St Louis and the FOX Detroit are twins. Not quite. The Detroit FOX is 500 seats (11%) larger, and the designs are similar (generally) but there are many differences — as befits the work of outstanding architects. But where the Detroit FOX excels is that an $8 million restoration, thanks to Little Caesar’s pizza, has restored ALL the beautiful details to “like new” sparkling condition. The St Louis FOX only had $2 million to spend, and $6 million definitely makes a difference. So Detroit wins for a change.

No matter. A visit to either is a wonderful experience.