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Cindy Stoltz, Allied Integrated Marketing
THE FOX THEATRE INSTITUTE HITS THE ROAD MAY 12-14 WITH THE 4TH ANNUAL THEATRE REVIVAL TOUR
Tour Will Highlight Three Historic Georgia Theatres in Madison, August and Vidalia
ATLANTA, GA (April 7, 2016) – The Fox Theatre Institute (FTI), a dynamic Atlanta-based outreach program created by The Fox Theatre, will showcase three theatre restoration projects during its fourth annual THEATRE REVIVAL TOUR. The three-day tour, taking place May 12-14, aims to boost awareness for each historic venue while celebrating local community efforts to preserve of these local landmarks.
The tour will feature two FTI grant recipients for 2016: The Miller Theater in Augusta, and the Madison Morgan Cultural Center in Madison, as well as highlight the City of Vidalia’s efforts to restore The Pal Theatre. FTI awards grants which allow for substantial restoration, preservation and future planning for Georgia’s historic theatres – all of which foster sustainable growth for the communities they serve.
At each destination on the THEATRE REVIVAL TOUR, FTI will host free concert, featuring the homegrown five-piece musical group, the Packway Handle Band, which has its roots in Athens, GA. Gearing up to hit the studio and record a new album, the Packway Handle Band recently participated in its second consecutive voyage aboard Kid Rock’s annual Chillin’ the Most Cruise which led to the band joining the 2015 Cheap Date Tour with Kid Rock and Foreigner.
The FTI THEATRE REVIVAL TOUR will feature the following theatres:
The Miller Theater (May 12, 6:00 PM) – The future home of Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the Miller Theater, with a swell of community support, is nearing its goal of a $20 million renovation. From concert hall to a cultural community center, the theatre will expand their capabilities to include concerts of all genres, opera, ballet, theater, dance, comedy, lectures and film.
Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (May 13, 6:00 PM) – Uniquely located in rural Georgia, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center offers professional theatre, dance and music performances, as well as traveling visual art exhibits. With the assistance of FTI, the renovation includes energy efficient restoration of the 100+ historic windows.
The Pal Theatre (May 14, 6:00 PM) – This multi-phase project, scheduled to begin late summer 2016, will include the overall restoration of both the exterior and interior theater, including lobby, restrooms and adjacent spaces. Spearheaded by the Vidalia Convention & Visitors Bureau, the renovation will provide downtown Vidalia with a historic movie theatre and live entertainment options feeding into the local restaurant and retail economy.
“Over forty years ago, the people of Atlanta rallied to save the Fox Theatre from demolition. Today we are proud that the Fox Theatre Institute is providing the same support to theatres all across the state,” says Adina Erwin, General Manager of the Fox Theatre. “Our goal is to help revitalize Georgia’s communities, one theatre at a time.”
For more information on the tour, visit www.foxtheatreinstitute.org.
The Fox Theatre Institute (FTI) is a dynamic outreach program offering historic preservation expertise, consultation and education to performing arts venues in Georgia and the region. Created by Atlanta’s “Fabulous Fox” Theatre, an iconic attraction widely applauded for being a catalyst for positive change in the community, FTI pays it forward, helping other cultural institutions renew, reinvigorate and restore artistic vitality in their backyards and beyond. Keeping environmental and economic impact top of mind, FTI offers the financial assistance, restoration support and operations mentoring needed to leverage scarce resources and stimulate local economies. Not only that, but it keeps the artistic pulse of beloved communities beating for decades to come. FTI was recently featured on NPR’s Marketplace for its substantial impact on historical theatre restoration and community building throughout Georgia and the Southeast. For more information, visit www.foxtheatreinstitute.org.
About the Fox Theatre:
The Fox Theatre is one of Atlanta’s premiere venues for live entertainment and declared a Top Stop of the Decade by Venues Today Magazine and the #1 non– residency venue worldwide for the decade by Billboard Magazine. In April 2013, Rolling Stone Magazine announced that the Fox Theatre was one of “The Best Big Rooms in America” as part of their “Venues That Rock” series. In addition, The Fox Theatre was nominated for Theatre of the Year by Billboard and Pollstar Magazines, and awarded the Outstanding Historic Theatre of the Year award in 2011 by the League of Historic American Theatres. For the past decade, The Fox Theatre has been consistently ranked in the top three non– residency theatres in North America for gross ticket sales by industry trade magazines, Pollstar, Billboard and Venues Today. The Fox Theatre has the #1 social media presence for any theatre or performing arts center in North America, for any venue between 2,000 and 5,000 seats, and for any Georgia venue according to the Social Media Power 100 compiled by Venues Today Magazine. The Fox’s 4,678 seat theatre hosts 250 performances a year. An impressive range of events from rock concerts to Broadway, ballets, comedy and movies continue to attract more than 500,000 visitors per year. In addition, The Fox is host to wedding receptions, trade shows, corporate meetings and association functions in its fabulous ballrooms, lounge and outdoor terrace. As a 501(c)(3) non– profit arts organization, the Fox Theatre stands today as a fiercely protected landmark and a nationally acclaimed theater and is celebrating its 86th year. The Fox Theatre proudly acknowledges our partners for their generous support: Delta, Coca– Cola, Lexus, Georgia Natural Gas, Regions, Atlanta Beverage– Budweiser, Grady Health Systems, and The Georgian Terrace Hotel. Tickets for all events are available at The Fox Theatre Ticket Office, online at www.FoxTheatre.org, and at all Metro Atlanta Whole Foods Markets, or toll free at 855– 285– 8499. For group sales information contact The Fox Theatre at (404) 881– 2000, or visit The Fox Theatre website at www.foxtheatre.org.