Fox Theatre

527 N. Grand Boulevard,
St. Louis, MO 63103

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MovieMark on October 26, 2023 at 5:35 am

The Fox Theatre appeared in the 1990 film “White Palace.”

rivest266 on September 23, 2020 at 1:25 pm

The Fox theatre opened on January 31st, 1929. Grand opening ad posted.

Patsy on February 22, 2020 at 11:22 am

Pleased to read that its Wurlitzer is still there and operational. They were built in North Tonawanda NY with the demonstration organ in the Riviera Theatre in NT for prospective buyers. There is a Wurlitzer in most surviving theatres in the Buffalo NY area.

eengbers on February 22, 2020 at 4:44 am

There is one inaccuracy in the description of the history of this still flourishing theater. During the 1960’s the Fox was still a top notch first run house playing movies like “Planet of the Apes”, “The Birds”, and “True Grit”, etc.. It wasn’t until the awful 1970’s that they resorted to kung-fu movies and so-called “blacksploitation” films. The theater closed after the theater operator, Arthur Enterprises, declared bankruptcy. It was rescued from certain oblivion by Mary Strauss and restored as a Broadway touring and concert venue in the 1980’s. The Fox is a major destination for touring shows and it’s powerful Wurlitzer is still operable. A rare survivor from the Golden Age of movie palaces.

DavidZornig on October 24, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Postcard added advertising 6000 seats originally.

DavidZornig on January 25, 2018 at 11:26 pm

March 14, 1930 photo added. Premiere of “The Golden Calf” at the Fox Theatre.

BobbyS on September 6, 2017 at 12:21 am

The best show ever….Col. Jack was outstanding as well as Dave Wickerham & Justin Lavole…..All terrific artists!!! A show never to be forgotten…A very good attendance too. A beautiful afternoon in a beautiful movie palace!

BobbyS on June 22, 2017 at 2:46 pm

This will be a great show!!! I am bringing 6 people from Chicago. 2 years ago was so good. And don’t forget a Stan & Oliver film too !!

JAlex on June 21, 2017 at 12:45 pm

A full-blown afternoon of Wurlitzer organ is scheduled for Sunday August 13th, 2017 at 2PM. As two years ago the program features Jack Moelmann, this time with Dave Wickerham and Justin LaVoie also at the console. A rare opportunity to hear the instrument in something besides the 15-minute snapshot included in some of the tours.

gxceb0t on February 24, 2017 at 11:19 pm

Only movie I saw here was ‘Hail Hail Rock n Roll’ which was interesting as it was filmed there as well. Kind of an odd experience.

BobCarter on January 7, 2017 at 11:55 pm

in the 1940s It was a rare treat for my mother, younger brother Charles,and I to travel all the way “downtown” by public transportation to Grand Avenue to see the latest movies. All the way from Walnut Park where we lived was quite an excursion then. We were in awe of the grandure of the building. Once as we were walking down the ornate spiraling staircase between levels my brother tripped on the carpet and fell breaking his collar bone. It did not alter our awe of the grand building.

Norman Plant
Norman Plant on July 12, 2015 at 12:29 pm

And the carpet was matched as closely as possible to the original carpet and it looks great. The good news is the floor is still there and intact and could be uncovered sometime in the future if the owners so desire. Considering the scope and expense of the original and ongoing restorations of this theater and how such care is taken to match it to its original look, I can’t get too upset about the choices the owners have made.

JAlex on July 12, 2015 at 11:20 am

When the theatre opened in 1929 the lobby was carpeted. So the carpet today is not unprecedented.

Patsy on July 12, 2015 at 11:03 am

Thanks for the reason, but to cover the original terrazzo floor is a crime, imo.

Norman Plant
Norman Plant on July 12, 2015 at 10:45 am

Chris, I was able to finally take the Fox Theater tour yesterday and this topic came up. There were two reasons given. Since most of the Fox shows are during the fall and winter it was a safety issue to avoid people slipping on the floor. The other reason was that it reduced the noise level in the lobby.

Chris1982 on July 12, 2015 at 12:38 am

I wonder why they carpeted over that beautiful terazza lobby floor.

Patsy on July 11, 2015 at 3:56 pm

This sounds like a wonderful show! If I were closer, I would be there!

BobbyS on July 11, 2015 at 3:20 pm

August 23rd at 2pm, The Fox will present “Those Were the Days”. The program will include Colonel Jack Moelman, Walter Strony and Lew Williams on the mighty wurlitzer. Also an audience sing-along, Laurel & Hardy movie, and a musical “Tribute to America”. $25 general admission, $35 for the mezzanine. What a Show!!! I won’t miss this one. Come one, Come all !!!!!

DavidZornig on July 11, 2015 at 2:14 am

Added a small batch of photos courtesy of Kristen Stopp Godar, via the “St. Louis Missouri. History, Landmarks & Vintage photos” Facebook page.

Scott on December 8, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Bobby, I attended “A Christmas Carol” as well. I sat in the lower balcony. When it was over I walked up to the back of the balcony, which has an amazing view, of course. Starting at the foyer on the top floor I worked my way down to the main lobby. I believe there are five levels: three balcony levels, the loge, and the main floor. I guess there are six if you count the basement where the main lounges are. In any case, it’s quite a feast for the eyes. The defunct Paradise in Chicago has long been my favorite theatre, but the Fox in St. Louis is a worthy challenger. And though the Fox is not technically an atmospheric, it is about as fanciful as they come. And yes, Detroit is equally fortunate to have their Fox Theatre.

BobbyS on December 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Scott, missed you by two days. I took Amtrak down there to see “A Christmas Carol”. What a Theater !! The staff member gave us over an hour tour. The auditorium was closed all summer for a complete cleaning and touch-up. It looked absolutely gorgeous…You are so right, one has to be there in person to see this beauty. What a lobby entrance with the organ playing as you entered. First time there and will return. This is what a movie palace is all about. A nice photo tribute to Stan Kahn. This palace is lovingly taken care of.

Patsy on December 8, 2013 at 11:06 am

What a great night photo with that blade sign reading FOX.

Scott on December 8, 2013 at 10:47 am

I’ve been to the Fox dozens of times over the past 25+ years, and it has never looked better than it does today. Went to a show there on 12/7/13 and walked through the entire theater, much of it with the accompaniment of an enthusiastic staff volunteer. There have been a number of excellent photos taken of the Fox over the years, but none of them do it justice. It has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

nadadale on October 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm

When we lived in St. Louis, 1935-53; Stan Kahn was the organist who played between showings on the Wurlitzer Organ. Wonderful, and an exciting night out!


BobbyS on October 15, 2013 at 2:15 am

I also did not know this theater was the twin to the Detroit. I wonder if they still show movies. Looking forward to a trip there. Also wonder if the two are the same size in detail. Thanks Tinseltoes for the ceiling video.