Atlanta's Fabulous Fox Theatre, built in 1929 originally as the Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque, was designed as the headquarters for the 5,000-member Shriner's organization. When the Theatre was designed it was a masterpiece of trompe l'oeil meaning false beams, false balconies, false tents, ornate grillwork hiding air conditioning and heating ducts insuring that every practical feature was disguised with artistic fantasy including the men's and ladies' lounges.
With a beautiful starry sky looking down on four thousand seats, the theatre has enthralled many generations of both the young and old. Because of its brilliance and everlasting presence in downtown Atlanta, the Fox Theatre has become one of the Southeast's entertainment and cultural icons. With its incredible example of Moorish and Egyptian architecture it has proven to be a lasting example of Atlanta history and architecture. To read more about the Fox or if you're interested in getting tickets to a performance go to their website.
Educators: The Fabulous Fox
The Fabulous Fox Project launched in December 2004 with the premiere of two GPB documentaries about the history of the Fox Theatre: The Fabulous Fox and This Old Movie Palace. In addition to the documentary programs, the Fox Project includes an extensive website, which offers visitors a number of ways to learn more about the Fox Theatre, including a virtual tour, a behind-the-scenes look at the Atlanta Ballet, celebrity accounts of their experiences at the Fox, and an examination of the cultural history and significance of the theater.
In order to enhance the educational value of The Fabulous Fox website to teachers and learners across the state, GPB's Education staff developed an instructional unit focusing on architectural elements found in the Fox's interior and exterior spaces. Using art, history, mathematics, language art and social studies, students may explore the cultural and historic themes found throughout the structure's decorative arts. The unit also offers educators, students, and parents a range of projects that will allow them to engage in drawing, ceramics, art criticism and aesthetics.
Click here to view the entire Fabulous Fox Project.
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