Fox Theatre Atlanta Celebrates its 75th Anniversary!

posted by thunderchildga on November 24, 2004 at 7:40 am

ATLANTA, GA — On Christmas Day, December 25th, 1929, the Atlanta Fox Theatre opened its doors to the public for the very first time. To commorate its 75 years, the Fox Theatre will host a gala open house on Sunday, December 26th from 1pm until 7pm.

The Fox will open up its auditorium and ballrooms to the public with no admission charge. Many events are planned to take place at the Fox during this celebration. For more information, please visit the Fox’s web site at

Georgia Public Broadcasting has created two documentaries on the Fox. The first is entitled “The Fabulous Fox”. It is a 90-minute documentary on the long history of the Atlanta Fox. A companion 30-minute documentary “This Old Movie Palace” details the on-going restoration efforts on the Fox. GPB has created a web site at which has more information on the Fox.

The documentaries are set to air on Wednesday night, December 1st on the GPTV network at 8pm. For those of you that are outside their broadcasting area, the show will be streamed from their main GPTV website at

These programs will also be available on VHS and DVD at a later date. The DVD will also include a virtual tour, photographs, and lots of behind the scenes stuff. I am told the videos will be made available at the Fox’s anniversary celebration and afterwards will be used as a promotional gifts during the next GPTV fundraising pledge drive. The last time I talked to the producers, they did not know when the videos would be available for sale from GPB, but they expected they eventually would be.

Comments (6)

redhawk2060 on December 17, 2004 at 11:47 pm

I hope to attend your celebration. My father John Bruce Wilson, worked at the Fox as did my Uncle Mack Wilson in the 50s. I want to ask first if balloons will be used in the celebration any where inside? I am severely allergic to latex and cannot come if you use them. Neither can several of the girls in my Girl Scout troop. So I will need a reply before I plan our trip.
I love the Fox and have several joyous memories of it while growing up in Atlanta. As a child it was where my father took me to see movies and my mother to see plays. I have taken my children to the ballet and to see special performers. It has played a wonderful roll in my families shared moments.
Thank you.
Ann Wilson

thunderchildga on December 18, 2004 at 12:16 am

Dear Ann
I hope you get to enjoy the celebration. As for the latex balloons, I have no idea if they will be using them. I am not affiliated with the Fox staff any longer as my time ended there in 1992.


Patsy on December 31, 2004 at 8:20 pm

Anyone who posted here or plans to post here should also include their memories of the Fox on the Fox website as they are asking for everyone to share their stories and eventually they will post them all for everyone to read. Glad to know that GPB will make available in VHS or DVD the Fox documentaries. I attended the Fox 75th anniversary open house and posted my thoughts on the Fox site. I sent Larry Embury, organist in residence an email and he then posted his remarks below mine!

Patsy on December 31, 2004 at 8:23 pm

Tried bringing up the foxflash.html site and the page could not be found. I have seen the 90 minute documentary, but not the 30 minute one!

thunderchildga on December 31, 2004 at 11:48 pm

In response to Patsy’s postings, if you can’t get to GPTV’s great website, try these suggestions
Go to and then click on the Fox Theatre Icon
or go directly there by going to

The Fox Theatre is also asking for Fox Stories at their website,, so please post your stories at both sites!

Best Regards and well wishes for 2005

Hal Doby
aka Thunderchildga

Patsy on January 1, 2005 at 4:32 pm

Thanks Hal! Valuable GPB and Fox website information that we all can benefit from if interested in the Fox documentaries that were done and personal stories contributions. The Fox/St. Louis is doing or did the same thing for their 75th….collecting personal stories!

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