At A Glance
Location: 527 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63103
Hours: Varies by Event
Price: Varies by Show and Night
The Fabulous Fox is a former movie palace turned Broadway theater that’s located in St. Louis’ art district known as Midtown. The Fox opened in 1929 and was constructed by movie mogul William Fox as a place to showcase the films of Fox Film Corporation.
It’s actually one of five Fox Theatres that were built by Fox during the late ‘20s, with the others being placed in Atlanta, Brooklyn, Detroit, and San Francisco.
Upon its opening on January 31, 1929, the Fabulous Fox was the largest theater in Missouri and the second-largest in the country, with over 5,000 seats. It remained one of the city’s top movie theaters through the 1960s and has transformed into a versatile performing arts venue.
The Fabulous Fox was designed by C. Howard Crane, using an eclectic mix of Asian motifs. The interior is an exact replica of the Fox’s Detroit theater, and has been described as “awe-inspiring.”
In March 1978, the Fox Theatre was closed and was sold in 1981. The new owners spent $3 million dollars on restorations, which wasn’t bad because it cost $6 million to build in 1929. The Fox Theatre reopened in 1982 with a showing of the Broadway play Barnum. Today, the venue is operated by Fox Theatricals, the same company that operates the Briar Street Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
What to Expect at The Fabulous Fox Theatre
Today, the Fabulous Fox Theatre seats up to 4,192 theatergoers, with another 234 seats in the private Fox Club.
You can expect to see a wide variety of shows, many of which are Broadway musicals. Please keep in mind that Fox’s schedule and lineup are always changing, so see their website for current shows.
Some shows that are currently playing and scheduled to play at the Fabulous Fox Theatre include:
- RuPaul’s Drag Race
- Disney Junior Live On Tour
- Ain’t Too Proud
- Disney’s Frozen
- A Christmas Carol
- Les Miserables
- Blue Man Group
- And Many More!
St. Louis’ Fabulous Fox Theatre is owned by Fox Associates, though there has been some recent turmoil in the news regarding who is the real owner of the theater.
The Fabulous Fox does not impose a strict dress code, so you’ll find a wide array of dress options. In general, Broadway Shows tend to be more formal than other shows, so expect to see suits, dresses, and business casual. Concerts, on the other hand, are more casual, so perhaps jeans and a t-shirt.
The theater is called the Fabulous Fox because William Fox wanted St. Louisans to realize that they don’t have to look outside of their own city to see the finest shows in entertainment.
Those looking for the best place to sit at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis should consider the Loge Level. From this area, you’ll find the best views of the stage. Others prefer the orchestra-level seats, as these are on the main level and are found closest to the stage. It’s all about personal preference.
The Fox Theatre in St. Louis currently has a total of 4,500 seats, including regular levels of seating and the private Fox Club seats.