2013 Lecture Series: "Evening with History"
Dates: 4/18/2013 - 4/18/2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Marietta Museum of History - 1 Depot St.
Join author Janice McDonald as she recounts the history and memories of the Atlanta landmark. Her fascinating Images of America: Fox Theatre book highlights rarely seen images of the Fox and its storied past.
The "Fabulous Fox" is seldom referred to by its legal name, the Fox Theatre. Constructed in the late 1920s as a temple for the Yaarab Shrine, the yellow-brick building was designed to "out Baghdad Bagdad" in its elaborate Middle Eastern appearance. But the onion-domed exterior with its faux prayer towers is nothing compared to the elaborate interior. Movie mogul William Fox leased the auditorium from the Shriners in 1929, transforming it into a movie palace like no other. The theater became a place for premiers and performances until its existence was threatened in the 1970s. The "Save the Fox" campaign proved more dramatic than some of the performances that had graced the Fox's stage. Today the Fox is one of Metro Atlanta's best-known landmarks.
Atlanta author Janice McDonald grew up listening to her mother tell of watching the twinkling lights in the Fox's night sky ceiling. In her fourth book for Arcadia, she has tapped other Fox lovers' memories as well to help tell this amazing theatre rich history. In addition to The Fox Theatre for Arcadia, she has written The Varsity and co-authored Aiken and The Myrtle Beach Pavilion. An accomplished travel writer, she also has several published travel guides including Daytrips From Atlanta and Off the Beaten Path: Georgia.
When she is not writing, she is working in production. Janice worked for CNN for 20 years as a writer and producer before starting her own production company. Her videos have appeared on most major broadcast networks including the Travel Channel, Destination America, National Geographic and HGTV.
"Evening with History" events are a part of the annual Lecture Series at the Marietta Museum of History. The events are free to members and $5 for non-members.
For more information or to make reservations, call 770-794-5710.