Monday, April 1, 2013

The Fabulous Fox

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The Fox Theatre, which styles itself The Fabulous Fox, was opened in 1929 as one of America's great movie palaces. It's big, 4,500 seats, and its Egyptian-Babylonian-Arab-Indian-Rococo architecture and decor is beyond belief. The overall effect is less of a style than a hallucination.

As huge city-center cinemas gave way to suburban multiplexes, the Fox went dark in 1978. I do remember, though, hearing the Greatful Dead and Cream there in its declining days when I was a student at nearby St. Louis University. Some years later, with the aid of two visionary philanthropists,  the Fox reopened, restored in all its over-the-top glory. Now big name acts (Jerry Seinfeld is coming soon) and touring Broadway shows keep it busy.

The St. Louis Photography Meetup arranged for a photographers tour on Saturday. These pictures were taken from the stage, the second with a fisheye lens. More grand views and details over the coming days.

Sorry for being rather light on comments yesterday. I went out to shoot the orchid show and take some fisheye shots around the Arch. Then our daughter, son-in-law and grandchild-in-progress came over for Easter dinner. No rest.         

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12 comments:

Tamera said...

It's gorgeous. Great shots of this grand old dame.

Andy said...

The Fox deserves the term Fabulous.

You did a great job in expressing that in your photo.

brattcat said...

wow, that truly is fabulous!

Wayne said...

Great shots Bob. Too bad about all the photographers cluttering up the place. :-)

Virginia said...

We have a Fox in Atlanta you know. At first I thought you'd snuck over there without telling me. Wonderful shots.
V

TheChieftess said...

Fabulous Fox indeed!!! Love this theater!!!

William Kendall said...

Absolutely stunning!

Lynette said...

Oh, my goodness, Bob. I can't tell you how thankful I am that this beauty exists and that you got to go there to take photos. What an ever-lovin' treat! Glad your Easter Sunday went well.

Nathalie Beaumes said...

Photographers everywhere, obviously having a grand time given the spectacular subject.
My preference goes to the fisheye shot.

Nice to hear you had a familyget-together for Easter. I hope the grand-child in process and her mother are doing well. It must be an exciting time for all of you.

Stefan Jansson said...

Fantastic.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I remember seeing movies at the Fox in the 1960's when I was in high school.

JM said...

WOW! I'm amazed! What a place. Your photos are stunning, Bob.