The Fox Theatre Block Party to mark the 40th anniversary of the “Save the Fox” campaign that spared the historic building from the wrecking ball will be held June 7 from noon to 6 p.m. The party is free and open to the public.

The block party will take place rain or shine at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue. Both streets at the intersection will be closed to vehicle traffic; the main entrance will be at Peachtree Street and 3rd Street.

There will be live entertainment on two stages, special tours, food and drinks, activities and prizes. Confirmed music includes Francine Reed, Bogey & the Viceroy, Orquesta MaCuba, and Tribute – A Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band.

In 1974, the future of the legendary Fox Theatre was uncertain as Southern Bell (now AT&T) wanted to build its headquarters on the site. Citizens rallied to “Save the Fox” and raised $1.85 million to restore the beloved landmark and Southern Bell built its building behind the theatre.

 

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.