Atlanta's Fox Theatre#4 in Best Things To Do in Atlanta
The Fox Theatre is more than a performance venue – it's one of the city's most iconic landmarks. And luckily, you don't need to have tickets to a show to take in its ornate interior. Originally conceived by Atlanta's Shriners organization, the theater's design was inspired by Egyptian and Spanish architecture, specifically the Karnak Temple Complex in Luxor and the Alhambra in Granada. You'll get a tutorial on the building's iconic architectural details and more during a tour. Tours, which take place on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, guide visitors through more than 10 locations within the building, from the orchestra pit to the ornately decorated men's bathroom. Plus, you'll see Mighty Mo', the largest working Moller theater organ in the world.
Although some past visitors felt this venue is a bit dated, citing poor acoustics and uncomfortable seats as negatives, others enjoyed seeing the property's performances and praised its design. In fact, a few described the theater as an "unexpected gem" and "one of the most interesting buildings in Atlanta."
Check to see what performances are on the calendar when you're in town. In addition to taking in a show, you'll enjoy a feast for the eyes covering the walls and ceiling: Brilliant colors, a dynamic ceiling – complete with painted clouds and stars – and numerous architectural flourishes await you. Performance ticket prices vary by show, while tour tickets cost $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and military members, and $5 for children 10 and younger. The theater also offers backstage tours. You'll find the Fox Theater in Atlanta's Midtown neighborhood. Parking can be pricey and limited in the area, but the theater is accessible via METRA's North Avenue train station and bus No. 40. To find out more about tour times and purchase tickets, visit the theater's website.
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