660 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Learn the history of this majestic building. Fox Theatre Tours is a 60-minute guided program that will showcase the must-see details of the Fox and its remarkable history. Guests will tour over 10 locations throughout the building - from the orchestra pit and Mighty Mo', the largest working Moller theatre organ in the world to the Men's Lounge featuring the original furniture chosen by the wife of movie-mogul William Fox.
Under Atlanta Landmarks' ownership, The Fox was once again put on a sound financial footing as a multi-purpose performing arts center. In 1976, documents were submitted qualifying The Fox to be designated a National Historic Landmark. The moment Atlanta Landmarks took control of The Fox, a restoration program began. An army of volunteers went to work cleaning the interiors for the first benefit concert. Volunteer labor has been a significant ingredient in the restoration ever since. As time passed, the work required skilled artisans to make the auditorium and exotic ballrooms attractive enough to draw the large audience and quality shows necessary for success.
In 1987, a second fund raising campaign was launched to "Fix The Fox." It successfully raised $4.2 million to improve safety code compliance, provide access for the handicapped, better equip the building to operate efficiently and preserve it structurally. To date, more than $20 million has been spent in the restoration project. The Fox boasts its own in house Restoration Staff made up of highly skilled artisans directed by an expert in Historic Preservation. The Restoration Staff is fully engaged in restoring and preserving the significant architectural features of the Fox in an authentic manner, including the decorative surfaces, the masonry and cast stone exterior, the furniture collection, and the archive of artifacts and documentation. In addition, the Restoration Department is instrumental in the technological improvements and architectural modifications to the building. The activities of the Restoration Staff are funded by ticket surcharges and operating surpluses.