Dive into the dark history of Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on their annual Halloween Ghost Tours! During this top-rated event, you’ll hear the chilling stories of spirits whose souls still remain on stage.
Do you love a good ghost story? If so, then you won’t want to miss the chilling ghost tour of Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.
The Fox Theatre Ghost Tours are a popular yearly event, with tickets selling out fast. That’s because the tours are scary good!
Are you brave enough to walk the darkened hallways of the Fox Theatre at night?
Fox Theatre Ghost Tours Review: About the Tour
Fox Theatre Ghost Tours allow brave patrons to walk the haunted halls of one of Atlanta’s most treasured landmarks. On the tour, you’ll learn about the theatre’s long history and the guests that loved it so much they never left.
Tours are only offered during October, and tickets always sell out fast.
If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be led through the theatre by an expert guide from the lobby to the basement to backstage. Your guide will tell you all about the history of the building and the many ghosts that still linger.
There are “spooks” (actors) at a few stops who will tell you their stories and why they still hang around the theatre. A couple times a spook may startle you when they appear, but there’s nothing too terrifying.
There’s something about being in a theatre after hours that just gives you the chills. Then add on wandering through dark and dimly lit hallways, and the Fox Theatre Ghost Tours have the perfect ambiance.
Fox Theatre Ghosts and Haunted Spots
Want a little taste of the haunts before you take the tour? Here are some of the interesting haunted spots around the theatre.
Have you ever noticed The Fox has its own hospital? It’s located by the ladies’ restroom on the lower level.
This room has medical furniture that dates back to the 1920s when the theatre was built. During the time, it was manned by a registered nurse. A woman even gave birth here during a show when the hospital room was still in use.
Some say they still see the spirit of the nurse lingering in the doorway.
The Haunted Elevator
The old backstage elevator which takes you to the dressing rooms seems to have a mind of its own. It likes to take to a floor you didn’t choose, and often it will take to to the 4th floor.
The story goes that, during the 1940s, one of the theatre’s managers and his girlfriend lived on the 4th floor. One day, the girlfriend was found dead in their apartment. Ever since, the elevator has liked to go to the 4th floor on its own.
People also report feeling a presence or a touch on the shoulder while riding the elevator.
The Dressing Rooms
The dressing rooms at the Fox have walls lined with antique playbills and old ticket stubs from shows at the theatre. The draws of the vanity are also adorned with signatures from actors and headliners.
Dressing room number 42 is said to be frequented by the spirit of Anna Ragan. The Ragan family owned the property that the Fox was built on in an extravagant mansion. Anna is thought to have died in the house, and it seems she has no problem with her former home becoming a theatre.
The Fox team honors her death by bringing her flowers. She is known to move things around the dressing room. Some even report seeing her apparition and hearing her voice.
The Boiler Room
Down in the depths of the Fox is the boiler room. Now, we the theatre uses updated technology to keep its patrons cool in the summer and warm in the winter. But back in the 1930s and 1940s, the fire had to be manually stoked and the burners cleaned to keep guests warm.
Roosevelt was the man for that job. He oversaw the Fox’s boiler room until his death in 1945. And he kept working after his death.
If you disturb him while he works, he will slam doors and turn the lights off on you, leaving you alone in the dark.
The final stop of the tour is center stage. You can look out on the darkened auditorium and gaze up at the Fox’s famed night sky ceiling.
The stage is said to be haunted by a stagehand who tripped and fell off into the orchestra pit one night. There are also reports of people hearing footsteps and seeing figures in the audience when the theatre is deserted.
There is a “ghost light” set up on stage: a lone light that is lit when the theatre is unoccupied. It’s practical purpose is to prevent accidents when the theatre is dark, like what befell our stagehand spirit. Superstitions surrounding the light say that you leave it on, as well as close the theatre one day a week, to allow the ghosts that remain the opportunity to perform. Another superstition suggests that the light is there to ward away ghosts.
Important Fox Theatre Ghost Tours Info
The 2023 Ghost Tours take place on October 2-5, 7, and 9-11.
The Standard Tour run every 15 minutes starting at 6 p.m. and with the last tour at 9:45 p.m. These tours last 1 hour.
The Premium Tour are only available from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. These tours last 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Standard Tour tickets cost $45 per person and include Marquee Club access.
Premium Tour tickets cost $75 per person and include Marquee Club access, pre-tour dining, and an extra tour stop.
The tours are not recommended for children under 10, and children under 6 are not permitted.
The tour begins at the theatre’s entrance. You can park in the lot next to the theatre for $20.
You can arrive early for your tour and spend some time at the Marquee Club. This swanky bar and lounge is usually an exclusive area for premium ticket holders at Fox shows, so this might be your only chance to look around! There are multiple levels with cozy seating. My favorite is the rooftop bar overlooking Peachtree Street. You can grab a drink before or after your tour even if you didn’t purchase the VIP tour ticket. The Marquee Club is open until 11 p.m. on tour nights.
If you finish your tour and decide you want to see more behind-the-scenes areas of the Fox, you can look into their other tours. They offer Theatre Tours that give you more backstage access as well as Exterior Architecture Tours.
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