ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It was show time at the historic Fox Theater in Midtown St. Louis Saturday. But the stage was dark because the theater's newly renovated ceiling was the star.
Saturday was also the first day of Broadway Series ticket sales and the line was out the door. But many people came just to look up and the revamped ceiling.
The ceiling hadn't looked that fabulous since day 1 in 1929. Since then, the painted patterns that make it look like fabric had become dirty, hard to see. Now the 108 plaster tassels dazzle again. The thousands of embedded jewels really 'pop'.
An 11 member team began work June 10th, working 55 days, using 200 gallons of paint.
Owner partner, Mary Strauss, told visitors the $1 million theater ceiling restoration had been part of the plan since the Fox`s grand re-opening on this day, September 7th, 1982.
The project supervisor, who's worked on restoration projects in top venues everywhere, said the theater ceiling was a big reason why the Fox Theater architecturally ranked among the world`s best.