Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre has announced its revamped “Friends of the Fox” program to help rescue, restore and revitalize Georgia theaters and the communities they serve. Current restoration efforts include the organ at the Grand Theatre in Fitzgerald, the Grand Lobby at the DeSoto Theatre in Rome and the marquees at the Holly Theatre in Dahlonega.
The nonprofit Fox Theatre Institute, which oversees the “Friends” efforts, was launched in 2008, inspired by the massive community effort to save the Fox Theatre itself 40 years ago. “Because we at the Fox have been privileged to witness firsthand the enduring bond between a community and its historic landmarks, we knew we had to act,” said Carmie McDonald, the Fox’s Community Engagement Manager. “Local theaters are the heart and soul of a community, a place to come together and experience the immeasurable thrill of an unforgettable show.”
The FTI also manages Georgia Presenters, which has made more than 100 events possible in 53 venues across the state by negotiating discounted booking fees and providing grant funds to underwrite costs, keeping small, historic theaters in demand for performers.
The public is invited to support the Friends of the Fox efforts by becoming a member. Benefits range from advance notice of show announcements and special ticket offers to Coca-Cola Film Festival tickets, backstage tours, your name on the Fox marquee, exclusive members-only access and events, and more. More information is available here: https://foxtheatre.org/support-us/.