Detroit’s Fox Theatre, site of the 2002 Fash Bash, is one of America’s shining success stories. Rescued from decay in the late 1980s, the theater sparked creation of Detroit’s cultural center.
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1927: Movie mogul William Fox launches construction of Fox Theatre and 10-story office building above it. By late 1920s, Fox owns 360 theaters worldwide.
Sept. 21, 1928: Grand opening, with film “Street Angel.”
1932: Fox loses financial stake in all his theaters, declares bankruptcy four years later.
1941-45: During World War II, the Fox routinely grosses $75,000 a week on 35-cent admissions.
June 25, 1942: Benny Goodman and his orchestra perform with Peggy Lee.
May 1953: “The Robe” opens at the Fox, Michigan’s first movie in CinemaScope.
May 25, 1956: Elvis Presley wows 12,500 screaming fans in three shows.
Nov. 16, 1964: Fox carries Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston heavyweight title bout on closed-circuit TV; tickets: $5.
1970s: Kung-fu and horror films predominate at the Fox.
1984: Theater developer Chuck Forbes buys property for $1 million.
1987: Little Caesars owners, the Ilitches, purchase Fox, launch $12.5 million renovation of theater.
Nov. 19, 1988: Restored Fox reopens with Smokie Robinson and the Count Basie Orchestra.
2002: Pollstar, an industry trade journal, ranks the Fox North America’s “#1 theater,” ahead of Radio City Music Hall, based on number of tickets sold.
Sept. 21, 2003: The Fox’s 75th birthday.
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