The star of any show at the Fox Theatre is the magnificent building itself.
Originally opened in 1929, this is one of those ornate entertainment palaces from the golden era of entertainment. Nearly 5,000 velvet covered seats, 5,000 pounds of glass in one chandelier, marble, stained glass, gold gilding, rich carpeting and overwhelming attention to detail.
This stage has hosted everything from the Ziegfield Follies to Ma and Pa Kettle; from stripper Sally Rand to Toscanini; from Liberace to John Wayne; from Glenn Miller to Frank Zappa.
World premieres held here include The Spirit of St. Louis in 1957, St. Louis Blues in 1959, The Trouble with Angels in 1966, and on and on.
It’s one of those places the people of St. Louis love and adore, one of those places you have to see to appreciate.
Tours are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30AM for $8. But if you want to hear that magnificent Wurlitzer organ, one of only 5 ever built, come on Saturday mornings and pay $10 per adult.