Fabulous Fox Theater
The historic Fox Theatre is one of Atlanta's premiere venues for live entertainment. The Fox's 4,678 seat theatre is booked more than 300 performances a year ranging from Broadway to rock to comedy to movies. In December 2009, Billboard Magazine ranked the Fox Theatre in Atlanta as "The #1 non-residency venue worldwide for the decade (5,000 seats or less)."
The Fox Theatre is located on Peachtree Street in the middle of the city. Not only is it on the National Historic Register, but it is one of the most beloved landmarks in the city because it is a real memory maker for the citizens of Atlanta. They may have come here to see their first performance or Broadway show, they had their first date here, and maybe even had their first kiss in the balcony. Their ballrooms are spectacular and have hosted everything from Sweet 16s to weddings and corporate events. They hold a special place in many people's hearts, and take that responsibility very seriously.
Today, the Fox is a fiercely protected landmark and nationally acclaimed theatre. Having survived the Great Depression, mortgage foreclosure, bankruptcy, competition, television, real estate development, and age, the Fox is impeccably intact and aggrssively preserved. The Fox is proud to be designated a National Historic Landmark (the highest national ranking), listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and be a Georgia Museum Building (the most prestigious statewide ranking).
Some Fox Facts:
* To build the Fox Theatre today would cost more than $300 million
* The discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922 launched a worldwide fascination with Egyptian decor. The results can be seen interwoven with the Moorish decor of the Fox.
* The theatre's enormous Bedouin canopy overhang is really a work of plaster and steel rods that not only serves as ornamentation, but also as an acoustical funnel to project sound to the rear of the house.
* The Fox Theatre can seat up to 4,678 patrons
* The beguiling sky is actually a vaulted ceiling painted ultramarine blue. The twinkling stars are 11-watt bulbs fixed above four-inch crystals. The drifting clouds are produced by a special projector.
* An estimated 750,000 people visit the Fox Theatre every year.
* Until 1995, coal was used to heat the steam boilers in case of emergency. The Fox still houses the original steam boilers today.
* The Fox Theatre was one of the earliest air conditioned buildings in the country, even preceding the White House.
* The Fox Theatre serves more than four and a half tons of popcorn each year.
The Fox Theatre is located at:
660 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308