Ever since the Fabulous Fox opened its brass doors for the first time in 1929, it has welcomed everything from Broadway shows to Vegas performers, classic movies and rock, pop and comedy concerts. Its grand Siamese-Byzantine architecture was designed by Howard Crane, one of the top movie palace architects of the time. Crane gave the structure a grand lobby filled with columns reminiscent of those found in Buddhist monastery halls and a terrazzo lobby floor with decorative chenille carpet imported from Czechoslovakia. The theater hosted live entertainment for 50 years before closing in 1978, undergoing a one-year restoration project, and reopened in all its splendor in 1982 to a sold-out run of the musical Barnum. Since then, the Fox continues to present more than 200 shows a year.
The Fabulous Fox sits on North Grand Boulevard in downtown Saint Louis between Olive Street and Washington Avenue and is accessible via the Grand Boulevard exit off I-64 as well as the Jefferson exit off I-44. Guests will be glad to hear that the Fabulous Fox has its own parking garage, located across Washington Avenue. The venue also operates a lot next to this newer garage, on the north side of Washington Avenue.
Arrive early to ensure enough time to park, grab concessions and find a seat. The main lobby can be found through the theater’s brass doors, which open one hour before the show starts. The auditorium routinely opens half an hour prior to showtime. Stop into the Curtain Call Lounge for an extra refined dining experience complete with drinks, desserts and hors d’oeuvres. There are also plenty of restaurants are close to the venue, including Mexican soul food, a steakhouse, Chinese food and gastropubs.