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As one of the most cherished city landmarks, The Fox Theatre is more than just a building, it's an experience.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the exquisite architecture and stunning decor inside The Fox transports guests to the temples of Ancient Egypt, palaces of the Far East and into elaborate Arabian mosques. Discover the magic of the Fox Theatre for yourself with these opportunities to explore this one-of-a-kind local treasure.
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The Fox Theatre was developed in 1928, when the Atlanta Shriners sought a prominent location to create the organization's headquarters. Inspired by the status and ornate beauty of ancient temples and mosques, the Shriners constructed the 250,000-square-foot theater with the help of William Fox for over $3 million dollars, around $40 million dollars today. Opening on Christmas Day in 1929, The Fox hosted the premiere of "Steamboat Willie," Walt Disney's very first cartoon featuring Mickey Mouse. Decades later, however, The Fox had fallen into disrepair and in 1974 faced demolition. Luckily, with the help of the "Save The Fox" campaign, the public raised over $3 million dollars and The Fox Theatre was successfully rescued and restored to its former glory.
After such a strong comeback and years of bringing entertainment to city of Atlanta, the Fabulous Fox still offers something new and exciting for its guests each year.
Here are the top 5 ways to explore the Fox Theatre:
You don't need to travel all the way to New York City to take in a Broadway show. As one of Atlanta's premiere live entertainment locations, The Fox makes Broadway accessible to the entire South. It's 4678-seat theater books more than 300 performances every year, including Broadway favorites like The Lion King, Mama Mia!, Rent and Hamilton, and was also noted as the last public place Prince performed.
Enjoy watching classic, vintage and modern movies at The Fox Theatre all summer long as part of the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Shown on the massive 26-foot by 56-foot screen under the theater's iconic evening sky, guests will feel like they're taking in a movie under the stars throughout this unforgettable experience.
The "Mighty Mo," a massive 3,622-pipe Möller organ with 376 stop tabs, 42 ranks and four manuals, claims the title as the second largest theater organ in the world − and it calls The Fox Theatre home. If you're planning on visiting The Fox for a Broadway show, during the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival or for the Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker, make sure to arrive a little early to see the "Mighty Mo" in action.
If you really want to see everything The Fox has to offer, take one of the guided tours offered to visitors. This 60-minute tour will take you on a journey through 10 key locations around The Fox and will showcase the history and opulent majesty of the building. Tour ticket prices include $18 for adults, $15 for military and seniors and $5 for children ages 10 and younger.
Whether you're planning a Sweet 16 party, wedding reception or Bar Mitzvah, don't miss out on having your once-in-a-lifetime event at The Fox. The Grand Salon ballroom features a luxurious atmosphere with Arabian motifs and includes the use of an outdoor terrace. The Egyptian Ballroom surrounds guests with the lavish ornamentation and breathtaking scenery of Ancient Egypt. Both ballrooms include the use of the theater's Arcade, which offers a stunning marquee entrance for your event.
The Fox Theatre is located at 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.
I-75 South - Take I-75 South and exit at North Avenue. Take a left at end of ramp, and turn left at Peachtree Street. After one block, you'll see The Fox Theatre on the left.
I-85 South - Take I-85 South and exit at North Avenue. Take a left at end of ramp, and turn left at Peachtree Street. After one block, you'll see The Fox Theatre on the left.
GA 400 South - Take GA 400 South to I-85 South. Exit at North Avenue and turn left at end of ramp. Turn left at Peachtree Street and after one block you'll see The Fox Theatre on the left.
I-20 and I-75/85 North - Take I-20 to I-75/85 North, and exit at West Peachtree/ Spring Street. Follow to Peachtree Street and turn left. After two blocks, The Fox Theatre will be on the left.
Many lots surrounding The Fox offer parking to theater patrons. Additionally, when you purchase tickets through The Fox, you can select a parking location and pre-purchase your parking fee. Parking prices vary.
Fox Theatre offers spacious, theater seating in its balcony and orchestra seating sections. Click here for an interactive look at Fox Theatre seating.
For Fox Theatre tickets, call 855-285-8499. The Ticket Office is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.