When it opened in 1929, an Atlanta newspaper described the Fox Theatre as possessing “a picturesque and almost disturbing grandeur beyond imagination.” Sure, the Vaudeville era was particularly known for its own brand of boisterous amusement — a sentiment shared by the media of the era as well — but in this copywriter’s case, the nail was hit on the head.
The first thing visitors to The Fox notice is the style of architecture that is notably out of place in Midtown Atlanta. Owing to its origins as a Shriner’s Temple, the interior and exterior alike possess Islamic and Egyptian architectural influences, most notably in the audience portion of the theater itself (the capacity is just under 5,000). Modeled after an Arabian courtyard, this space is accented by a re-creation of a deep blue night “sky” that is embedded with 96 crystal “stars” and a projection of clouds that move slowly across the scene
Elsewhere in the facility, the opulence is hard to ignore: one of the banquet halls is modeled after the temple of Ramses II at Karnak; a re-creation of King Tut’s throne can be found near the women’s restroom (along with a collection of sphinxes); and there are enough faux gilded accents to drive the point home: this facility remains a vision of grandeur that is simply hard to find anymore.
And then, there’s the programming. The calendar here is full, year-round; the Atlanta Ballet performs many of its shows here; a popular summer film series draws crowds; full-scale stage performances of traveling Broadway shows pepper the schedule; and nationally popular musical acts occasionally perform here, too.
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