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FOX THEATRE ANNOUNCES GRAND REOPENING SCHEDULE

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/27/21

Fox Theatre Reopens in July with The Wizard of Oz, King Crimson, and The Princess Bride followed by 70 confirmed shows in 2021.

The Fox Theatre is proud to announce its official public reopening this summer with three socially distanced, reduced capacity events in July, starting with Fox fan-favorite The Wizard of Oz on Sunday, July 25prog-rock band King Crimson on Tuesday, July 27and cult classic The Princess Bride on July 31.  To purchase general tickets or new all-inclusive Club Level seats in the Loge of the Theatre with access to the Marquee Club presented by Lexus*, visit foxtheatre.org or call 855-285-8499. For all three events in July, masks will be recommended but not required for all guests and mandatory for all staff. Mask requirements for other events will vary and can be found by visiting the Fox Theatre’s COVID-19 updates page here:  https://www.foxtheatre.org/events/covid-19-updates.

As in previous Coca-Cola Summer Film Festivals, the Fox Theatre will showcase The Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride on its impressive 26-by-56-foot screen. Patrons will enjoy movies under the Fox Theatre’s distinctive blue sky with twinkling stars and fluffy clouds. Guests arriving early to the films will have the opportunity to attend a magical pre-show experience, including a sing-along accompanied by the world-renowned “Mighty Mo” organ performing live for the first time since its 2019 restoration. Get ready to “SAY CHEESE!” as a photographer on stage will be taking a commemorative photo of the audiences for both films that will be available for download. Photo-ops with onsite look-alike characters Dorothy, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion will take place before The Wizard of Oz, so get in early to see who you can find! Movie prices are $15 for general tickets and $35 for Club Level.

After July, the Fox will be at 100% capacity, starting with the return of Hamilton for 39 shows August 22 – September 26. To usher in the return of Broadway properly, the Fox Theatre will be lighting up its historic Arcade entrance with a special BROADWAY IS BACK-themed digital experience for the opening week only. To be the first to know about upcoming pre-sale and on-sale information for Hamilton, join the Fox Theatre’s e-club at foxtheatre.org/eclub.

2021 FOX THEATRE PUBLIC EVENT SCHEDULE
Link to Show Press Releases, Bios, and Approved Press Photos: HERE

Sunday, July 25                                             Wizard of Oz

Tuesday, July 27                                           King Crimson

Saturday, July 31                                          The Princess Bride

August 22 – Sept 26                                      Hamilton

Friday, October 1                                          Brothers Osborne

Sunday, October 3                                        Rock 100.5 presents Shinedown

Saturday, October 9                                     All-Star Legends of Hip Hop

Friday, October 15                                        Bill Burr

Saturday, October 16                                   Jeff Foxworthy

Sunday, October 17                                      L.O.L. Surprise! Live

Sunday, October 24                                      Boz Scaggs

Saturday, November 6                                  Bill Maher

November 9 – 14                                           Fiddler on the Roof

Friday, November 19                                    Manchester Orchestra’s The Stuffing

Friday, December 3                                      Jo Koy

December 7 – 12                                            Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Monday, December 13                                  Sarah Brightman

December 28- 31                                           Widespread Panic

*MARQUEE CLUB presented by LEXUS

New event on-sales (like The Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride) include the opportunity to purchase all-inclusive Club Level seats in the Loge of the Theatre with access to the Marquee Club presented by Lexus. Club access benefits include early entry with a private security lane, two alcoholic beverages (beer or wine) per guest, pre-show lite bites and desserts, private restrooms, and rooftop access. For information on membership perks and new annual membership flex-plans for the Marquee Club, email sales@foxtheatre.org.

Rescheduled or confirmed events from last year, like Hamilton, Brothers Osborne, Allstar Legends of Hip-Hop, and Boz Scaggs, will have single-event passes for the Marquee Club available for purchase on top of your show ticket here: Marquee Club Single Event Access page.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

The Fox Theatre continues to monitor the required and recommended reopening guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health. Mask requirements for events at the Fox will be determined on a show-by-show basis as these guidelines continue to evolve. Returning Fox Theatre guests can expect a more contactless experience like new contactless security technology with no required bag-check, self-scanning ticket pedestals with mobile entry, contactless payment options at all points of sale and more. Please check the following Fox Theatre webpage for the most up-to-date health and safety protocols and features here: https://www.foxtheatre.org/events/covid-19-updates.

THE FABULOUS FOX THEATRE: ONE SINGULAR SENSATION

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/10/21

The glow of the sign can be seen down Peachtree Street for as far as the eye can see, while the marquee rolls with show titles and draws your eye into its beautiful dance of light. The Fox Theatre has been a staple in Atlanta since 1929, bringing joy and song to the city for decades with everything from musicals, to plays, to dance, and bands. Its stage holds a childhood full of unforgettable memories for Atlantans like me mesmerized by its grand foyer, memorable Turkish-Egyptian over-the-top décor, and that overall Fabulous Fox Theatre mood. One of the most beautiful places you can find here, they’ve actually made it even more beautiful and ornate during the pandemic, while upkeep on this place is daunting, they do it impeccably. Seeing the theater’s beauty from every angle really was a treat, from the top of the balcony to standing on the stage looking out, seeing the fly system, backstage, and where the organ comes up into the orchestra cannot be any more surreal. To say this made my year would be an understatement, so let’s go through the entire journey from start to finish.

Story time: The Fox Theatre is where I was mesmerized by Phantom, felt the joy of dance, and sang along to some of my favorite bands! Every year since I was young my mom would take my sister and I, and now my niece to see a play or a musical, so I grew up on Phantom, Les Mis, Cats, and all the greats of Broadway. So, to stand in the spot that these actors stood, or music legends Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Chris Cornell sang their greatest hits was an experience to say the least. Standing on that stage and taking in the majesty and beauty from that angle, you see just how lucky we are to have such a gem in our city. But enough about my experiences, let’s see everything they’ve done during the pandemic to enhance your experience.

Starting with the moment you enter the doors, the fountains were meticulously cleaned, and they found more blues in the design, as well as the glass above it was red but masked by years of dirt. It’s now a beautiful piece of artwork! Once you enter, the whole foyer area has more color and vibrancy as they’ve cleaned the walls and enhanced the lighting. Then, on the second floor, the mural that stands above the orchestra middle entrances and is better seen from the Mezzanine, they’ve cleaned it up and it has more blues and pops as a piece of art. Did you know that most of the furniture that peppers the floors and restrooms are original pieces from the 1920s and are rotated to get restored as needed? No wonder those pieces are so beautiful!

If you’re a balcony lover like me, I believe the front row of the balcony has the best views, that’s where I sat to see Les Miserables in high school with my French class. You could watch as Jean Val Jean rotated on the circular floor so well! They’ve done some major clean-up work on the awning and tent-like structure above the top of the balcony. Original to the theater, the tent mimics a cloth structure, but is actually hard plaster. They have cleaned it and added a varnish so that you can see the red and yellows for years to come. It’s so much more noticeable! Plus, fun fact they found a coke bottle up there that they think could be from when it was constructed because it was left on the small ledge that exists up there and no one had been up there in years.

Another addition is the restoration and resurgence of their acclaimed organ, Mighty Mo. And I got to see and hear it IN PERSON! The day we were touring, they were tuning it, note upon note. Organist Ken Double was there and you could here him working with someone below. This 100-year old Moller Organ is a pride and joy of The Fox Theatre and they’ve restored it to match the original 1929 look, repainted, stained, colored, repatterned all to match the original 1929 design. Plus, internally, it got a full rehabilitation so that it can play on into the next decade and beyond. When we were listening to them tune and go note for note, you could tell how much love went into getting this gem back into the theater, as well as how beautiful it could play. We can’t wait to see it again, maybe in a concert sometime in the future!

From the stage, that’s the best place in the theater. If you look to your right when looking out into the audience, you’ll see the most intricate panel of nobs and pulls that STILL WORK. It looks like something out of a 1940’s science fiction movie and operates the fly system. The fly system itself is a sight to behold in its raw ingenuity and complex assortment of pullies and ropes that soar to the scaffolding and catwalk above. Whoever wields that power is a true magician. Exiting the stage door by the fly system and looking back, above the door reads, “Play it Pretty for Atlanta” this was not always in neon, it was originally a stencil put there in the 70’s. Turning back around you come to the Stage Manager, Fly Captain and all the main stage personnel offices where they spend many a night there during a busy run of shows. Descending into the basement, I got to see the organist office, as well as where the actors from a musical or musicians would gather in a green room or in the main “cafeteria looking” room lined with mirrors where wigs, costumes, and make-up are administered. Surreal. When I was in high school I was thisclose to dancing in International Ballet Rotaru’s Nutcracker. I was going to be a soldier. They replaced us with professionals a few weeks prior, but to have seen this in action would have been a delight, but also electric with nerves and furry.

Isn’t The Fox Theatre fabulous? The history, the beauty, the memories that it brings, are the reason it’s treasured among Atlantans and possibly even the county. We’re blessed to have something so majestic and rare in our fair city. I can’t wait to get back to seeing a musical every year with my family. I wonder which one it will be.