A Tour of The Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri

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My husband and I have a fascination with the Fox Theatre  ("Fabulous Fox Theatre") in St. Louis. It's a former movie palace that is now a magnificent performing arts center.  They have live touring Broadway shows, concerts, and comedians.  If you ever visit, I'm sure you will have a fascination with it too!

We took the tour this past Saturday (again.)  One of these days, we're going to take the tour on a day that there isn't a performance, so that we can also see the backstage area. (There is a graffitti wall there with signatures from the stars that have performed in the shows.)  But, even though we couldn't see that area this time, the tour was fantastic, and the time flew by.

It's an amazing place.  And yes, so fabulous. It opened in 1929 and was meticulously restored in 1982.  It's always gorgeous, and even more so when decorated for the Christmas holidays.  It has an identical twin theater in Detroit, Michigan.

Fox Theatre St. Louis
The columns look like marble, don't they?  We learned on the tour that everything is an illusion. The columns are actually plaster!

Fox Theatre, St. Louis

Fox Theatre, St. Louis
I love the ornate details everywhere.  Look at the gorgeous hand rail.

Fox Theatre, St. Louis
The chandelier is lowered once a year for cleaning. It's large enough to stand in.

Fox Theatre, St. Louis
The original curtains still hangs.  It is seldom raised and lowered, due to its age.

Fox Theatre, St. Louis

Fox Theatre, St. Louis
The carpet is an exact copy of the original. All of the elephants' tusks in the carpet point toward the stage.

Fox Theatre, St. Louis

Fox Theatre, St. Louis
This beautiful stained glass on the ceiling of a women's lounge was rediscovered during the renovation.  It had been covered over!  

Fox Theatre, St. Louis
See the black squares?  Those are the original projector windows.

Fox Theatre, St. Louis

The tour guide gave so many other wonderful details on the actual tour.  We learned that the Fox had central vacuuming and air conditioning  --  in 1929!

Most of the photos were taken with my Nikon D5100 DSLR and the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G lens.  

There are several "must see" locations in St. Louis.  The Fabulous Fox is one of them.  Please go!  And take a lot of pictures while you're there!

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  1. Oh my what a magnificent theater! Such beauty. Have a wonderfully blessed holiday season.

    1. It really is wonderful and worth a visit! Thank you!

  2. I love St. Louis but know so little about. Which is a shame since I was born there but was brought to California at age one. I keep saying I want to go visit and she what my birth place is all about. If I ever get there again I will for sure put the Fox on my must-see list. Last time I was there(1998) I just passing through by bus. The bus station, which was an old bank, had high ceilings with beautiful embossed metal tiles. The columns and everything in the building was beautiful but so worst for wear. I wonder if they have restored it or torn it down?


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