Fox Theatre

660 Peachtree Street NE,
Atlanta, GA 30365

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Fox Theatre

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Originally constructed as the Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque to be used as the headquarters for the Shriner’s organization from 1925. The site was taken over by Fox Theatres chain and turned into the magnificent Fox Theatre which opened on December 25, 1929. Today, it is one of the best kept, best loved and luxurious of the world’s movie palaces. Its legendary status has been born from initial hardship.

The inauguration of the building as The Fox met with the commencement of the Depression. The Fox Theatre, it seemed, was doomed to fail. After a few short years of delighting Atlanta crowds with films and shows, the Fox Theatre declared bankruptcy and closed.

The city gained brief ownership of the Fox Theatre and the theater regained its footing during the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s. The 1960’s hit the theatre hard like many others around the country. The proliferation of television, suburban attractions/distractions and other economic forces began to take a toll on the viability of the Fox Theatre as a movie palace. The Fox’s glory days lasted until 1973.

A non-profit group saved the Fox Theatre from demolition and in 1975, the group began the lengthy process of restoring the theatre. Reopening the theatre as a peforming arts center, the Fox’s financial situation is now much more sound.

Constant restoration and upkeep have kept the Fox Theatre looking new and have helped retain its status as a truly unique and magnificent theatre. The Fox Theatre is reportedly the only major theatre in the country to have a full-time restoration staff. They are also the only major theatre to have 2 ballrooms attached in the orginal building (this is as it was on opening day in 1929).

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robboehm
robboehm on August 11, 2011 at 5:57 pm

While at a convention a number of years ago a cocktail party, with dancing, was scheduled in the spaceous lobby. We were also treated to a concert on the magnificent organ.

rlhtims
rlhtims on August 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I have just had my first look at the Fox Theatre comments and really enjoyed them. However, I am 65 years old and I remember the Fox from my childhood and teen-age years—prior to 1964. This was one of the Fox’s heydays. Had a number of birthdays at the Fox. Saw “The Scoutmaster” starring Clifton Webb, saw “Gigi” (I think) but lots of other films as well.

One MAJOR memory of the Fox I didn’t see in the comments was its years (decades?) as the home of the Metropolitan Opera touring company when it spent a week in Atlanta each year. This was THE social event each year, and subscription tickets were jealously guarded and passed along from generation to generation. My family didn’t rate, but my spinster counsin did—and she took me to my first opera performance. I was hooked—who wouldn’t be seeing the Met at the Fox? If you ever imagined how totally elegant the Fox could be as a setting for a live performance the Met was it!

Don K.
Don K. on September 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Actually, I did mention the fact that The Metropolitan Opera played the Atlanta engagement of its spring tour (the most important stop on the tour) at The Fox. The superb accoustics of The Fox made those performances especially memorable. If I remember correctly, The Junior League (that great bastion of snobbery) controlled the distribution of tickets. The only way that I got to see the Met in those years was to usher for the performances (through a friend who was a member of The Atlanta Music Club). Those performances hooked me on opera, too!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm

The Fox and its free parking lot were mentioned in this 1946 trade article: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Auditorium pictured in this incendiary 1974 trade report: Boxoffice

hanksykes
hanksykes on August 14, 2012 at 1:52 am

Tinseltoes thanks for alerting me to Boxoffice on line, lots of neat info to be had here,plus pictures!

galateasca
galateasca on July 10, 2013 at 5:53 am

My favorite theater on Earth and the jewel of Atlanta!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I’ve posted two Grand Opening ads in the Photos Section.

spectrum
spectrum on November 3, 2013 at 2:23 am

Just put up a bunch (127!) of photos from my visit to the Fox last July. Most of these are interior shots – this is quite the place!

cccmoviehouses
cccmoviehouses on February 5, 2014 at 2:18 am

The grandest of all theaters! What a magnificent movie palace, the interior is fabulous and the exterior is awe inspiring and just think it was almost torn down what a tragedy that would have been. I was living in Atlanta and working in the area in 1973 when that was going on. The first time I saw the Fox was in 1963 and later saw Willie Nelson in concert at the Fox around 1975, but this is still a great place to see a movie, especially “ Raiders of the Lost Ark” which my wife and I took our boys to see in the late seventies, what a magical time!

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