Most Atlantans have fond memories of Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre, from the 1970s “Save the Fox” community restoration campaign to a wedding or high school prom in the Egyptian Ballroom to prime seats at a beloved Broadway show.
And most of us are familiar, too, with that leap our heart makes when we look up and take in the grandiose night sky, gilded details and luxurious textures of the theater. It’s a remarkable and truly Atlanta experience.
For those who want to take a deeper dive into the theater’s history, the Fox Theatre Ghost Tours (running through October) offer just that, infused with a streak of Halloween-time spookiness. One of the Fox’s expert guides will lead you through spaces both familiar and foreign, from the lobby and downstairs ladies lounge to the bowels of the building beneath the stage.
Once a major Civil War site, the home of the Kimball family, then a Shriner hall and movie theater, the Fox’s storied past means a handful of spirits walk the halls, open doors, cause mischief, and regularly give current Fox employees the creeps. You may even find your own skin covered in goosebumps now and then…
In addition to plenty of ghostly, historic anecdotes, the behind-the-scenes experience is one that will delight true Fox fans: you’ll peruse the dressing rooms of the stars, examine the “retired in place” machinery that once powered the theater, and walk the empty backstage and basement hallways that are a flurry of activity during performances.
The best part? The tour ends with guests stepping centerstage to drink in an exclusive view of the theater that is truly priceless.
The Fox stipulates that the tour is appropriate for children 10 and older, and no kiddos under six years of age are allowed. Tours last approximately 60 minutes and cost $35 per person (plus applicable fees). See website for dates and times.
We highly recommend this tour for those who love theater, history, quintessential ATL experiences…and a little Halloween thrill.