I loved visiting Detroit in April for the first time, and having the opportunity to attend ‘The Color Purple” at the fantastic and opulent Fox Theater there with you Allee. The Mumford Marching Band playing your songs in the lobby was unforgettable.
The sunset is shining on the building in the background that is being reborn-I think for condos, right there on Woodward Avenue, next door to Ford Field, Comerica Park, the Detroit Opera, and of course, the Fox. I love this picture of you!
I was born in a town by the name of McCook, Nebraska (pop. 7,500.)
Here is the picture I took this morning of our theater there.
Built in 1927, it was refurbished in 1955 with this facade.
Fox Theater, McCook, Nebraska. Memorial Weekend, 2011.
I know there are a lot of Fox Theaters. But what a contrast between the two that have significance to me now!
Well, there’s no doubt as to which is the killer Fox, though every single Fox theater I’ve been in has been fabulously restored. That theater chain has a real conscience about such things and that’s to be applauded as much as what appears on the stages.
That was such an incredible weekend we spent in Detroit for the Mumford marching band/ Color Purple extravaganza. Thank you so much again, Mark, for being there and contributing to the success as you did.
I love the second photo too. The way the bus and the bottom of the theater marquee echo each other in shape and color is really great. Thank God I was wearing solid red to pop out.
I do love the exterior of the Fox in your hometown. Do you know what the original 1927 front looked like? This one is pretty spectacular from the theater marquee up but I’d love to know what it looked like before. Also, what’s the interior like? And do they just have special events there or do they sometimes show movies and have live theater?
Here’s the inside of the Detroit Fox and my conducting extravaganza back in May: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Kk1XPw__dE
The Fox in McCook started out I think as the World Theater. Here’s a link to the website that shows a pic of the inside. If there’s a picture of the original facade on the web, I’ll find it eventually.