Must-Have Shots

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Wedding Day stories are regaled for generations, especially ones that include the Fox Theatre! The only thing that could possibly compare with the glow on your face when sharing your wedding story are the breathtaking photographs you show when sharing your cherished memories.

AFFAIRS at the FOX trusted partners Sandra and Greg, of Picture This! Photography, are as wonderful to work with as they are talented photographers.

Most wedding photographers have a standard shot list, and most couples definitely want those, but it’s the shots that you would have had no premonition to even ask for–which Sandra and Greg have an eye for–that will become some of your most shared and most cherished photographs.

The Fox Theatre offers a plethora of architectural features and accents to add to your unique story, ranging from the marquee on Peachtree Street to the elaborate housing of Might Mo’s organ pipe casings in the main auditorium, from the stained glass ceiling window in the Grand Salon to the colossal columns in the Egyptian Ballroom!

Here are a few of the must-have wedding day photos that you can only get at the Fox Theatre:

  • Did you know that you can have ‘your names in lights’ on the Fox Theatre marquee on your wedding day?
  • The “aisle walk” on the Terrace, in the Grand Salon or in the Egyptian Ballroom all make for spectacular photos!
  • If you’re in the Egyptian Ballroom, shots of you and your guests made from the balcony are always striking.
  • Exiting through the Arcade offers some stunning photo-ops.
  • And of course, you’ll want at least a few food photos, especially if you’ve made Fox-exclusive selections!

Sandra and Greg will get to know you, will discover what’s important to your wedding day album, and we think they’re quite special and believe you will think so, too.

 

Travis S. Taylor

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Spice Up Your Event

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If you’re like me, you love to give your parties a theme! I’ve not yet hosted one, personally, in the Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon at the Fox Theatre, but when I do, I’m totally going to have dishes that use Egyptian and Moroccan spices on the menu!

While many people associate “spicing something up” with spices that give heat, that’s definitely not always the case. I love spicy heat, but—probably like you—I’m mostly looking for flavor. And Egyptian and Moroccan spice profiles offer a LOT of flavor!

You may recall that we offer a number of Fox-exclusive dishes, some of which speak to the Egyptian and Moroccan architectural features in the Fox Theatre ballrooms. And we’re innovating new dishes all the time!

So, what are the most popular spices in Egyptian and Moroccan cuisine? Tapping multiple sources, I’ve listed them below.

Egyptian: garlic, onion, cumin, coriander, dill, chili peppers, saffron, bay leaf, cilantro, parsley, aniseed, cilantro, mint, cinnamon, nigella

Moroccan: saffron, ginger, turmeric, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, white pepper, chermoula, chilies, cayenne pepper, aniseed, sesame seed

You’ll notice that a lot of the Egyptian spices are also Middle Eastern spices. It’s said that this is because both were important destinations on the famed ancient Spice Road. A personal favorite is Dukkah. If you’ve ever enjoyed our “Fox-corn” (Pecan Apricot Dukkah Popcorn), flavored with Dukkah and caramel, you totally understand this wholly surprising, wholly delicious dish…popcorn has never tasted so delicious!

Moroccan spices also delight the exotic flavors seeking palate. Our Marrakech Market Munchies with spice-braised chicken is particularly outstanding!

I think the most surprising thing about Egyptian and Moroccan spices is just how many of them foodies have in their own cupboards. That’s to say, if you want to give those cuisines a go at home, you shouldn’t have to supplement your spice cabinet much.

Enjoy exploring the amazing cuisines in your own kitchen, then you can leave it to us to spice up your special event at the Fox Theatre.

Travis S. Taylor

Travis S. Taylor

 

 

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Movie-Focused Tours

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Entertaining clients during the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival this year? Make it an even more magical evening by treating your guests to a pre-show guided tour of the Fox Theatre.

During the Film Festival, the Fox offers a special tour…focused on the Fox Theatre’s legacy as a grand movie palace!

It’s the standard tour, but with a focus on the golden years of movie palaces and you also get to visit the Projection Room!

Your guests will be thrilled to see all the playbills, celebrity autographs, and original illustrations by some of the country’s biggest and greatest touring shows. My guess is that your clients will be so over the moon, they just might bestow an Oscar on you!

Technically, just by being in the Fox Theatre, you’re on a movie tour. The Fox Theatre opened as a grand movie palace in 1929; it has been the site of many movie premieres, with starring celebrities in attendance; and it has also been the filming site of a number of blockbuster movies.

Host your clients in Landmarks Lounge this summer and you’ll definitely be Oscar-worthy in their eyes.

Travis S. Taylor

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Raise the Roof to Raise Funds

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If you’re hosting a fundraiser in the Fox Theatre‘s Egyptian Ballroom, how do you keep your guests from gazing at the beautifully elaborate ceiling instead of at the important-to-your-success bid sheets?

You don’t.

Encourage them instead to take in the grandeur of their surroundings…that way they’ll know for sure that they’re in a special place supporting a special cause.

Here are a few factoids about the Egyptian Ballroom that you can share with your guests:

  • The perimeter of the ceiling is 25′ high.
  • The clerestory is 30′ high.
  • The “stars” in the ceiling are “reflected” in the “Nile River” carpet below.
  • The cartouches on the ceiling contain genuine hieroglyphs, but not in a readable order.
  • The Fox Theatre opened in 1929, but it wasn’t until 1939 that the banquet hall was renamed the “Egyptian Ballroom” and made available for public and private events.

You can learn more about the Egyptian Ballroom–and all of the Fox Theatre–on one of their guided tours! In the meantime, encourage your fundraiser guests to enjoy the grandeur of the Egyptian Ballroom…and bid, bid, bid!

Travis S. Taylor

Travis S. Taylor

 

Director of Communications
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Welcoming Your Guests

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You probably know that in Colonial America the pineapple was–and to a degree still is–a symbol of welcome and hospitality. Today, when you get married or host a special event at the Fox Theatre, you can welcome your guests by having your name in lights…on the iconic Fox Theatre marquee!

Not only will your guests see that you’re enjoying a special event at the Fox, thousands of motorist and pedestrians will, too. Your special message will run on the marquee–front and sides–for an hour before your special event until one hour after. That’s considerably more than the conventionally expected “15 minutes of fame”!

I often ask of people I’m interviewing, “If you could share anything with Atlanta on the Fox Theatre marquee, what would you say?” What would YOU say?

If you’d like to treat your guests to a pineapple dish, consider our “Grilled Pineapple Platter” featuring petite slices of pineapple, grilled and garnished with mango-Serrano salsa! Discuss many other pineapple options with your Catering Consultant…and be sure to ask them about having your name and/or special event message on the Fox Theatre marquee.

 

Travis S. Taylor

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Your Grand Event in the Grand Salon

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The Grand Salon makes for a grand wedding ceremony…and reception!

We’ve tailored the Fox Theatre ballrooms to thousands of configurations for our clients over the years. If your dream wedding includes the Fox Theatre, we’ll help you visualize the ballrooms as they map onto your vision for your special day…the possibilities are truly endless!

We’ve designed and catered weddings where:

  • The ceremony was in the Grand Salon, cocktail hour on the Terrace (the Terrace is included in Grand Salon rental), and we reset the Grand Salon for the reception;
  • The ceremony was in the Grand Salon, cocktail hour was under the balcony in the Egyptian Ballroom, and then the reception in whole of the Egyptian Ballroom;
  • We’ve seen the ceremony in the Egyptian Ballroom, cocktail hour in the Grand Salon & Terrace, and the reception back in the reset Egyptian Ballroom;
  • We’ve seen ceremonies on the Terrace and the reception in the Grand Salon…

You’ll find that we’re incredibly creative and will work diligently to bring your dream wedding to life.

The Grand Salon has amazing features! It’s architecture is Moroccan. You’ll be surrounded by intricate mosaics, stunning doorways and windows, and beautifully painted beams overhead. The jewel-toned carpet mirrors the border of the stunning antique stained-glass feature centered in the ceiling. That carpet is in the middle of the room revealing a border of the original, patterned terrazzo floors.

Guests may enter from the Grand Staircase and in some cases via the Mezzanine level of the Theatre, and the Grand Salon opens directly into the Egyptian Ballroom–through rich wooden doors, often used for a “big reveal”.

We’ve seen one wall elegantly draped for wedding ceremonies, and a center aisle for the wedding party and bride’s procession.

It’s such an elegant ballroom. You really must see it for yourself!

[Feature Photo: Sarah Slavik Photography]

Travis S. Taylor

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Atop the Fox

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The domes atop the Fox Theatre are perhaps better known than the gold dome of our city’s Capitol Building! In fact, the Capitol’s dome wasn’t gold, but instead just plain white, until seventy years after it opened in 1889. The Fox Theatre’s beautifully colored domes have bending necks since the doors opened on Christmas Day in 1929, well before the Gold Dome appeared on our skyline in 1959!

Don’t get me wrong. I love Atlanta’s iconic Gold Dome and I love the Fox Theatre’s just as iconic domes, too. What I’m actually here to talk about is food toppings. Yes, food toppings…some absolutely incredible toppings that are every bit as delicious to taste buds as the striking domes atop the Fox are spectacular to the eyes. But first, please allow me to share a tiny bit more about the Fox’s domes.

Did you know that the three primary domes on the Ponce de Leon Avenue side of the Fox adorn the top of what was to be the “front door” of the Fox?

The original illustrations of the Mosque of Yaarab Temple—the original intent for the building, before being sold to movie mogul William Fox prior to completion—also shows two domes overlooking Peachtree Street, where theatre-goers enter the Fox through the Arcade entrance. The final construction included instead, two gorgeous turrets, nestled behind the iconic Fox Theatre marquee!

Okay, that’s enough of a history lesson for today. What about food served in the Fabulous Fox Theatre’s ballrooms? And the toppings? What dish is among the most popular in thousands of event guests’ Fox Food Story? I can say it with five famous words: Miss Josephine‘s Mac and Cheese!

The Mac and Cheese alone is delicious, but when you adorn it with crispy fried chicken bites and herbed green beans (I’ve also seen it with lobster bites and even gator bites!), it takes party guests’ senses to a whole other level.

But that’s not all. There’s more. Oh my goodness is there more!

Imagine the building blocks of…warm crumbled bacon, ‘French-fried’ onion rings, sliced scallions, diced tomatoes and our house-made hot sauce! Our hot sauce is so amazing, I intentionally add hot sauce-deserving dishes to my plate just to get to enjoy it, again and again!

You’ve just constructed one of our most-loved, most talked about party favorites! We won’t claim that it’s as iconic as the stunning domes atop the Fox Theatre, but your taste buds might think it deserving of being placed at the top of your favorite dishes list!

Travis S. Taylor

 

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The Auction Table

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The date is set, marketing is underway, and the registrations are coming in…

Let’s talk a little about what happens even before your “Save the Date” goes out. Which comes first, your event’s theme or the venue? That’s actually a very important question. Some venues are a blank slate and some offer hosts and planners a magnificent “built-in” jumping off point for event design inspiration, like the historic Fox Theatre. When you host your fundraising event at the Fox, you immediately have an almost infinite palette at hand from which to draw inspiration for your event design.

Egyptian or Moroccan are obvious choices, but so much more is possible. Look to the rich colors in the walls, adornments, and even the carpeting. We’ve seen many successful event designs ranging from high-tech fun, to shimmering elegance, to over-the-top glamour.

If you’re hosting a fundraising event, do not neglect the auction tables! Their role is critically important to your fundraising success. Here are just a few ideas to take your tables up a notch…

  • Make each one of them one of the most beautifully dressed guests in the room—give them gorgeous linens;
  • Make them sparkle, so they’re absolutely stunning, inviting people to their side—add splashes of themed décor throughout; and
  • Give them a chaperone—a silent auction table host who can answer questions about the auction items and buying process could be the difference between a multi-thousand dollar bid and someone scratching their head and walking away.

There you go…a few things to consider when planning your next AFFAIRS at the FOX fundraising event.

Happy planning!

Travis S. Taylor

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Tour the Fox

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There are a lot of tours in Atlanta, but there’s only one Fox Theatre like ours! And they offer tours.

I’ve long said that if you’re hosting a special event at the Fox Theatre, a guided tour is a “must-do”. Sure, you can read a few articles and perhaps find a document with theatre highlights, but there’s nothing quite like going on a tour, walking in the steps that celebrities and dignitaries have walked for nearly 90 years.

The tours as described by the Fox Theatre:

“Take a guided tour back to 1929 and the golden era of the movie palace at the Fox Theatre. Experience a magic carpet ride through ancient Egypt and the Middle East, all while learning about the largest movie palace in the Southeast. Be swept away into a world of Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones, a world of Atlanta citizens rising up and saving a landmark from the wrecking ball, all from under twinkling stars and fluffy clouds.”

Allow me, please, to share with you my personal Top 5 reasons to tour the Fox Theatre…

#5 – You get to visit more than 10 locations throughout the Theatre! You get to visit places that the general public never gets to see and some sites that most have never even heard of. One of my favorite tour aspects is learning about the architecture of the Fox…and I’m learning something new all the time!

#4 – You’ll learn about ghost sightings in the Fox! There’s more going on at the Fox than any living person could possibly know, but perhaps its ghost(s) know everything!

#3 – You get to learn about the architecture of one of Atlanta’s most iconic buildings! Be sure to ask about the signatures (photo) and show posters in the dressing rooms!

#2 – As a history buff, I was super excited to see a one-of-a-kind Fox Theatre timeline in the back stairwells. It chronicles Fox Theatre milestones and some of the celebrities who have performed at the Fox, including Madonna, Prince, Jimmy Buffet, Stevie Wonder and The Rolling Stones.

#1 – If you’ve ever wanted to be on stage at the Fox Theatre, this is your chance! Even as many times as I’ve been on the Fox stage—as a tour guest or photographing a special event—it feels special every time. I highly recommend this experience for everyone!

Keep in mind that the Fox Theatre is a working theatre, so visitors should know that some areas may not always be available, but the tour will be fabulous all the same!

Did you know that the Fox Theatre offers specialty tours, too? This year’s “Ghost Tours” are practically sold out, so know you have to book early. They also do “Movie Tours” during the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, which includes a visit to the Projection Room!

Coming up soon are the Fox Theatre’s special “Holiday Tours“! These seasonal tours begin in late November and run through December, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at regularly scheduled times. This tour includes warm cider or hot cocoa and seeing the famous Mighty Mo up close!

Tours can be a wonderful extra “cool factor” for your special event, whether during a holiday party, fundraiser or wedding rehearsal dinner. Ask one of our Private Events team members about booking tours for your special event guests!

Travis S. Taylor

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Let’s Get This Conversation Started!

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We can’t all be the life of the party, but we can certainly be wonderful conversationalists, especially if we know genuinely interesting facts, factoids or tidbits even, about a nationally acclaimed landmark right in our own back yard.

I’m going to share only a few tidbits about the Fox Theatre—no one likes a know-it-all—some of which you may know and others that are not so well known. All of them fascinate me and I think will fascinate you and your friends, too!

Fox Theatre Building

  • It took only 18 months to build the Fox Theatre!
  • In 1932, the Fox Theatre was auctioned off to the Theatre Holdings Company for a mere $75,000.

Auditorium

  • The official Grand Opening performance began at 1:15 p.m. on Christmas Day in 1929.
  • A 30-piece Fox Grand Orchestra performed that day.
  • The pre-movie cartoon—a tradition that continues today—was Walt Disney‘s third cartoon, but his first cartoon with synchronized sound: “Steamboat Willie“.
  • The movie that played that day was “Salute“, a 1929 Fox Film Corporation production.

Spanish Room

  • In 1939, the Shriners turned over their offices to the newest owners, but continued to hold meetings in the basement and the Spanish Room—adjacent to the main lobby—for a number of years.

Egyptian Ballroom

  • In 1939, what had been the Shriner banquet hall was renamed the “Egyptian Ballroom” and became available for public functions, dances and social affairs.

There you go…a few tidbits about the Fox Theatre that you can use to get a conversation started and to impress your friends at your next party. I’ll share more tidbits here and there, and of course you can always go on a guided tour of the Fox!

When you’re ready to host your special event at the Fox Theatre, please, give us a call!

Travis S. Taylor

Travis S. Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director of Communications
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