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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Thinking outside the Fox

The Fox Theatre is planning a new initiative intended to assist other Georgia theaters in the preservation of their spaces. This initiative, the Fox Theatre Institute, will be presented on July 18 at their conference, "Thinking Outside the Fox," with the League of Historic American Theaters.

According to the Fox Theatre Institute, there are an estimated 260 historic theaters operating in Georgia today (114 have been demolished in the past 58 years). For the past year, the Fox Theatre Institute has been working with 25 of these theaters, in various cities — from Dahlonega to Brunswick — all across the state.

"The Fox Theatre’s story of survival and success is the catalyst for this movement," Adina Alford, Fox Theatre's general manager, said in a press release. "We want to share the knowledge that successful restorations of cultural attractions have the potential to inspire communities and positively effect their cultural landscape. It’s our goal to create thriving communities in cities throughout Georgia and the Southeast."

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