The Fox Theatre is a historic landmark in the city of Atlanta that opened on December 25, 1929. With its picturesque interior and exterior, there is no question why it is often referred to as the “Fabulous Fox”.
The 4,678-seat auditorium, specifically designed for movies and live performances, now run by the non-profit Atlanta Landmark, Inc., replicates an Arabian courtyard complete with a night sky of 96 embedded crystal “stars” (a third of which flicker) and a projection of clouds that slowly drift across the “sky.” It gives the people of the audience the sense that they are actually outdoors. The Egyptian Ballroom is designed after a temple built for a pharaoh while the mezzanine Ladies’ Lounge features a replica of the throne of King Tut and makeup tables that feature tiny Sphinxes. The Islamic sections feature a number of ablution fountains. Throughout the Fox, beams are painted to resemble gold leaf and areas are painted and lit to give the illusion of outside lighting. What appears to be a giant Bedouin canopy in the auditorium designed to help funnel sound to the farthest balcony.
Despite its grandeur, the Fox declared bankruptcy after just two years. During the 1940s, the Fox acquired stronger management and became one of the finest movie theatres in Atlanta. At this time, the Egyptian Ballroom became Atlanta’s most popular public dance hall and hosted big bands and country and western swing bands of the era. Currently, the Fox hosts a multitude of cultural and artistic events, including the Atlanta Ballet, a summer film series, and various national Broadway shows.
The Fox also contains an apartment that serves as the residence of Joe Patten, born in 1927, who served as the theatre’s technical director from 1974 to 2004. Patten was granted a lifetime rent-free lease to the apartment. He is credited with having saved the Fabulous Fox from an electrical attic fire that broke out in April 1996.
Starting April 1, take a guided tour back to 1929 and experience a journey through ancient Egypt and the Middle East, all while learning about the largest movie palace in the Southeast. Tours of the Fabulous Fox will take place on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Tickets for the tours will go on sale two weeks prior to the date of the tour. Children under the age of 10 will be admitted free of charge. You can purchase tickets at 855-ATL-TIXX, www.FoxAtlTix.com, or Whole Foods Market.
Please be advised that the Fox is a working theatre. Therefore some spaces may not always be available due to event schedules. For inquiries about booking a tour that is not listed, please call 404-881-2100.