Fox Theatre in Midtown
Credit: Michael West
Credit: Michael West
The first impression of the Fox is that lighted marquee over the entrance from Peachtree Street. But the marquee pales in comparison to the grandeur of the Arcade entrance.
Now open Marquee Club, a new rooftop lounge. First it's helpful to know that many architectural and decorative features of the Fox are Arabian and Middle Eastern. More on that below. In 2016, The Fabulous Fox Theatre began renovation plans to add a lounge and rooftop bar, with Moroccan decor and what should be a spectacular skyline view of downtown and Midtown Atlanta over Peachtree Street. This project marks the Fox's most significant expansion ever. Or at least since 1929. Take a virtual tour of the rooftop Marquee Club.
The Grand Staircase, which sweeps Fox Theatre visitors from the entry arcade upstairs to the Grand Salon and Egyptian Ballroom.
Walking tours? Fox Theatre Tours takes paying visitors into places that most theater-goers never see, including a close look at the Moller organ known as Mighty Mo. Chances are you'll learn about the stars on the Arabian-sky ceiling above the balcony. The architecture and stylistic touches throughout the building are amazing and unique. The architecture is heavily influenced by Middle Eastern and Islamic themes, but it has also been called "fantasy architecture" because of the inventive approaches used. The building was originally intended as the headquarters for the Atlanta Shriners, but they partnered with the Fox movie empire in order to pay for it. Fox leased the main auditorium as a movie palace. The National Park Service, under its role as protector of historic sites, has a good overview of the building.
The Fox is popular for private events in its two ballrooms, the Grand Salon and the better known Egyptian Ballroom.
In the summer, there are usually movies as part of the Coca-Cola Summer Music Festival. At Christmas, there's the Nutcracker -- make that The Atlanta Ballet Nutcracker, performed with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra.
At other times, the Fox is host to Broadway in Atlanta theater performances and a wide range of concerts and performing arts.
How old is the Fox? The theater opened two months after the stock market crash in 1929, opening on Christmas Day. It will turn 90 in 2019.
And no, "Gone With the Wind" did not premiere at the Fox in 1939. That honor went to the Loew's Grand, because of its ties to MGM. The Grand burned in the 1980s and was torn down to make room for a downtown office tower, not far from Margaret Mitchell Square. And it's also true that Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, who played Rhett and Scarlett, stayed across the street from the Fox at the Georgian Terrace hotel when they were in Atlanta for the premiere and GWTW parade.
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Photo Tour of the Fox: Here's a great modern photo gallery from a recent tour, or you can step back in time with our historic Fox Theatre gallery.