Sunday, January 25, 2009

Atlanta's Fabulous Fox

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Atlanta's own grand movie palace, the Fox Theatre has been operating here since 1929. The building was initially designed as a mosque for the The Yaarab Temple, a local branch of the Shriners. When they realized they were heavily under-financed, they made a deal with movie theater mogul William Fox to lease the auditorium to him for 21 years. Thus, the Fox Theatre name.

The theatre was nearly razed in 1974 in order for Southern Bell (formerly BellSouth, and now AT&T) to build their corporate headquarters. Thankfully, it's now on the list of National Register of Historic Places.

Most of the current performances at the Fox are traveling off-Broadway productions, concerts, some ballet performances, and the occasional movie. The Fox hosts several film series each year and it is without a doubt the best place to see a film!

3 comments:

Lois January 25, 2009 at 12:33 PM  

Wonderful shot! When I was a little girl, my grandfather used to take me to the Fox Theatre.

Ken Mac January 25, 2009 at 11:35 PM  

now this is classic!

TOG January 26, 2009 at 9:02 AM  

When I was in college in Atlanta we knew the city had 5 season, spring, summer, fall, winter and opera. The Metropolitan Opera would come to the Fox and present 4 to 6 operas in 3 to 5 days. After I graduated we still went back to Atlanta to hear the Met at the Fox. Thanks for the picture.