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Fox Theatre (St. Louis)

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The Fox Theatre, a former movie palace, is a performing arts center located at 527 N. Grand Blvd. in St. Louis, Missouri. Also known as "The Fabulous Fox", it is situated in the arts district of the Grand Center area in Midtown St. Louis, one block north of Saint Louis University. It opened in 1929 and was completely restored in 1982.

History

The Fox was built in 1929 by movie pioneer William Fox as a showcase for the films of the Fox Film Corporation and elaborate stage shows. It was one of a group of five spectacular Fox Theatres built by Fox in the late 1920s. (The others were the Fox Theatres in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Detroit, and San Francisco.)

When the theater opened on January 31, 1929 it was reportedly the second-largest theater in the United States, with 5,060 seats. It was one of St. Louis's leading movie theaters through the 1960s and has survived to become a versatile performing arts venue.

The Fox was designed by an architect specializing in theaters, C. Howard Crane, in an eclectic blend of Asian decorative motifs sometimes called Siamese Byzantine. The interior is the architectural twin of another Fox Theatre built in Detroit in 1928. Reporters in 1929 described the Fox Theatres in St. Louis and Detroit as "awe-inspiringly fashioned after Hindoo (sic) Mosques of Old India, bewildering in their richness and dazzling in their appointments ... striking a note that reverberates around the architectural and theatrical worlds." William Fox nicknamed the style the "Eve Leo Style" in tribute to his wife, who decorated the interior with furnishings, paintings and sculpture she had bought on her trips overseas.

The Fox Theatre closed in March 1978 and was purchased by Fox Associates in 1981. The theater was restored at a price of at least $3 million dollars and in comparison, the Fox cost $6 million dollars to build in 1929. It reopened in September 1982 with the Broadway musical Barnum. Fox Theatricals is also the operator of the Briar Street Theater in Chicago.

The Fox currently seats 4,192 theatergoers plus 234 in the private Fox Club.

In September 2007, the venue celebrated the 25th anniversary of its re-opening with a concert featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Linda Eder and a day of the theater showing movies in a throwback to its beginnings.

Notable events

The facade of the Fox briefly appears in the 1981 John Carpenter film Escape from New York as an abandoned Broadway theatre. Kurt Russell's character, Snake, is seen approaching the theatre from the east, hearing music within, then entering. (A close look at the graffiti on the building clearly reveals the words: FOX THEATRE.) However, the shots immediately following are the interior of the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Theatre hosted a 60th birthday concert for St. Louis–born, early rock and roll pioneer, Chuck Berry in 1986. Keith Richards, of The Rolling Stones, was the project's musical director and backing band leader. Taylor Hackford incorporated the concert into a documentary film about Berry and released the film as Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, as a feature. In the film, Berry mentions that, as a child growing up in St. Louis, he was denied entrance to the Fox to watch a film because he was black.

The Theatre played host to the politically motivated Vote for Change Tour on October 6, 2004, featuring performances by James Taylor and The Dixie Chicks.Шаблон:Citation needed

The Fox is also featured on an episode of stand-up comedian Kathy Griffin's show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (Season 4, Episode 2: "Home is Where The Profit Is"). Griffin brought the show's crew to film her personal assistants raising more money from merchandise during a stand-up show at the theatre.

The Fox was the final stop of the Third National Tour of Les Misérables, with the final show taking place on July 23, 2006. The tour ran for 17 years, totaling 7,061 performances.

Theater organ

The theater's Wurlitzer pipe organ cost $75,000 in 1929. It has four manuals, 36 ranks and 348 stops. Restoration of the organ was undertaken by Marlin Mackley in 1981.

Tom Terry was the theater's resident organist from 1929 to 1935. The organ was not played for the public from 1935 to 1952. In 1952, Stan Kann was named resident organist. He served as organist at the Fox for 22 years and became something of a legend to theater organ aficionados.

A second Wurlitzer organ was installed in the lobby during the theater's renovation in the 1980s. It replaced the original Möller organ which had been removed. The smaller lobby organ has two manuals and 11 ranks and had been originally installed in the Majestic Theatre in East St. Louis, Illinois in 1930.

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B. Kyle Bass
30 January 2011

Seeing a show at the Fox is a St. Louis "must." They just don't build 'em like that anymore...aside from enjoying the great shows they put on, you'll find yourself enjoying the architecture and decor.

Radish Spirit
30 April 2011

Take a look up

Amy Latta
9 October 2011

Get there early and take the time to explore the building as much as you can. It's too amazing not to!

MC McDiddypants
17 August 2011

Go see a delightful play or musical!

Victor Lopez
25 September 2010

Shrek was great!

Riverfront Times
2 April 2013

Fun Fact: The fox was one of the first theatres in the country equipped for the latest rage sweeping the movie industry--the "talkie."

Mary Mang
28 October 2012

Take the tour if you get a chance!... Saw it with phantom of the opera.. Got to see the chandler up close!

Moonrise Hotel
18 June 2012

Peacock Alley on the fourth floor is home to an incredible exhibit celebrating the more than 1,500 shows & stars that have appeared at the Fox since 1982. For more insider tips, follow @MoonriseHotel.

Author Lea Mishell
23 January 2012

Great shows and concerts!! This is where I was 5 rows away from JANET JACKSON!!!

Derek Lambert
2 July 2011

Moat beautiful theater I've ever been in! Just wish I could take pictures of it.

Steve Talbott
31 January 2011

Iconic old St. Louis. Closest thing to time travel. Love this place.

Mark Lowery
23 September 2010

Awesome! It's THE PLACE for great theatre in St Louis...

Sabrina Pullen
10 March 2010

a beautiful venue

Cindy Crook
9 July 2015

The most beautiful theater

Greg Jonsson
28 February 2013

Bus Select and Bud Light only? No local microbrews to be seen

Maria L
22 February 2013

The Fox is beautiful! If you haven't been you need to go.

Ed Reggi
20 February 2013

Avoid at all costs any seat past row N. Go for Balcony instead or extreme left or right on floor.

Emily Thoman
29 August 2012

One of the best city theatres in the country. You cannot go wrong seeing anything here!

Krazy For Pets
9 April 2012

Pick a show and go! To see the interior of the theater is worth it. Arrange to be there early for a nice dinning experience.

keith gresham
31 March 2017

Always a nice venue to see a live concert or play.Architecture is amazing and the acoustics are some of the best you are going to hear.

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