The Fox Theatre opened Christmas day in 1929 as an opulent
4500 seat movie palace and was in financial trouble within
a year. The theatre endured a turbulent history and eventually
became the site for numerous Alex Cooley productions from
the Rolling Stones to Bette Midler.
When the Fox was slated for destruction, Cooley and other
concerned citizens created Atlanta Landmarks, a non-profit
organization to preserve, restore and operate the Atlanta
Fox. After an arduous four year struggle the company finally
bought The Fox in 1978.
The payoff to Atlanta was enormous. The theatre is now
a world class performing arts center and an indispensible
part of Atlanta's culture.
Alex and The Fox are bonded eternally, for two reasons.
Atlantan's remember his efforts in saving the theatre, and
"Introduction by Alex Cooley" opens "One
More From the Road", the Lynyrd Skynyrd album recorded
live at The Fox.