Tuesday, December 7, 2004

GPB Takes You To the Fabulous Fox

In the last two issues of Pipeline, we have told you about our upcoming documentary, The Fabulous Fox, which celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Atlanta's Fox Theater. We are pleased to announce that is has arrived - and will be airing both on television and via satellite so that your students can take advantage of the unique combination of history and art that it offers. The ninety-minute documentary takes viewers on a journey through the history and evolution of the Fox from temple to theater. It will examine each of the fascinating facets of the building, including the famous organ, the backstage, secret rooms, and of course, the amazing architecture and d├ęcor.

A second documentary, entitled This Old Movie Palace, is also premiering this month. This program examines the struggle the Fox Theater has had to remain intact amidst the growth and development of downtown Atlanta. The Fox was saved from destruction during the 1970's and returned to it's original condition through painstaking restoration. This Old Movie Palace takes you behind the scenes of those preservation efforts and is accompanied by an extensive educational curriculum that addresses both the historical and the artistic features of the story of the Fox Theater.

Look for both of these great new documentaries on Channel 420; see listings for air dates and times. And don't forget to check out the fabulous online resources at www.gpb.org.

As a special holiday treat, GPB is offering you the chance to experience the magnificence of the Fox Theater in person! On Sunday, December 26, The Fox theater will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a full day of live shows, movies, and fun activities. The public is invited to rediscover the Fox Theater and journey through the history of the famous theater. Celebrations will include a replication of the 1929 opening day variety show, several screenings of Georgia Public Broadcasting's Fabulous Fox documentary, a 17-piece orchestra and singers, and free dance lessons as well as arts and crafts for children and adults. Join GPB and the Fox Theater from 1-7 PM on December 26 to celebrate the magnificent theater that has become an icon of Atlanta history.