Plan to visit the “Fabulous Fox”, one of the most gorgeous, must-see spots in St. Louis. Home to musicals and entertainment 12 months of the year, any season is a great time to visit. Opened in 1929 and renovated in 1982, the Fox Theater still maintains its opulent, old charm while modernized for today’s patrons. Stay at one of the hotels near the Fox Theater in St. Louis and ensure you’ll be on time for the next show.
History of the Fox Theater
Construction began on the Fox Theater in 1929, razing over the old, empty Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church in the heart of Grand Center. The construction was overseen by the Aronberg-Fried Company who had already built the Fox Theater in Philadelphia. It took them just about a year and a half from start to finish with the help of numerous craftsmen to create the incredible façade and interior. Decorative interior plaster was adorned by brass and paint as well as glass designs. Plaster columns were made to look like marble and gorgeous elephant carpets were laid upon the floors.
The overall style was reminiscent of Asian motifs and was designed by William Fox’s wife who used treasures she’d found overseas to decorate. All of these incredible designs were restored as close as possible to its original looks in 1982. The theater had fallen into disastrous disrepair and to the tune of two million dollars, the “Fabulous Fox” was restored to its 1929 magnificence. Everything from the electrical to the paint needed to be refinished. Each of the 4,500 seats were removed, redone, and reinstalled.
The “Fabulous Fox” is home to an incredible amount of performances throughout the ages from famous actors and films. It is a key in the history of entertainment. Pat O’Brien was present in the theater to promote his new film, Fighting Father Dunn. The showing of Sincerely Yours was accompanied by Liberace himself in 1955. Paul Whiteman played Rhapsody in Blue to a packed house on 21 pianos scattered throughout the theater. More recently, the Grateful Dead played upon the stage.
Hotels near the Fox Theater in St. Louis
Such an incredible piece of St. Louis’ history deserves a visit on your next trip to the city. Stay nearby at one of the hotels near the Fox Theater in St. Louis and not only be close to the “Fabulous Fox” but also stay in the heart of Grand Center, the Arts and Entertainment District of St. Louis. Stay within walking distance of the Fox Theater at the Grand Center Inn.
Enjoy an urban feel while dining on-site at the Baiku Sushi Lounge or Triumph Grill at the pet-friendly Hotel Ignacio St. Louis. Make your next extended stay enjoyable at the Residence Inn by Marriott St. Louis Downtown where you’ll appreciate a complimentary breakfast and evening social, spacious guest suites with fully-equipped kitchens, and free Internet access. The Courtyard St. Louis Downtown offers guests an indoor pool and whirlpool as well as on-site dining at The Bistro.