Published On: Jan 30 2012 11:14:12 AM ESTUpdated On: May 01 2012 01:10:09 AM EDT
The Fox Theatre was built in 1928 by William Fox and his wife, Eve Leo Fox.
The theatre was designed by C. Howard Crane and is the model for an identical theatre in St. Louis; which was built simultaneously.
There is not a distinct style of architecture which the theatre fell under so it was coined Siamese--Byzantine. It is a conglomeration of Far Eastern, Egyptian, Babylonian and Indian themes from various areas.
In 1987, the Fox Theatre was purchased by Michael and Marian Ilitch
The lobby is 87 feet long and six stories high and was built to resemble an ancient Hindu temple.
The Fox Theatre's orchestra pit is on a hydraulic system which allows it to move up and down. In the Orchestra Pit sits the organ, it is the largest operating Wurlitzer organ in the world and only five of it's kind were produced.
The auditorium was built to resemble an Arabian tent open to they sky above.