Fabulous Fox Theater Celebrates 30th Anniversary

ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)– The Fox Theater in St. Louis has been around for more than 80 years. But this week marks the 30th year since the Fox became “fabulous.”

Even on a gloomy day, there is something about the Fox Theater that brightens Grand Center.

The Fox opened as a movie palace in 1929 with the silent film “Street Angel.” But 53 years later, it would take several more angels for the Fox to stage a comeback.

Mary Strauss and her late husband Leon first toured the Fox in January of 1981. What they found was a beautiful wreck.

Then they found a few partners to help them bring it back to life.

By September 7th 1982, the wreckage had been stripped away, the glitter restored and the stage brought to life, starting with the Broadway musical “Barnum.”

Tim Schindler has been part of the Fabulous Fox stage crew since the year it reopened.

Along with all the old timers and new timers, the classic shows and the new classics, the Fox was also where they filmed the Chuck Berry movie Hail Hail Rock n Roll.

And even though the Fox now competes with several large theaters, it is competition they welcome and even feel they helped create.

Pearls are the traditional gift for a 30th anniversary. But when it comes to the Fox, the gift has been given to us.

Over the past 30 years, the Fox has brought in more than 1,500 and presented more than 6,000 performances. 

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