September 7, 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the Fabulous Fox Theatre’s 1982 reopening. To celebrate, we’re sharing 30 posts in 30 days here on Behind the Jeweled Curtain during the month of September. Thank you for 30 Fabulous years, St. Louis!
On Tuesday, September 18, a 160 ft. crane removed the steel sign frame from the roof of the Fox Theatre. The frame was dismantled and removed in pieces and the process took over a week to complete and one day for the crane to remove the pieces.
This frame was originally installed in 1929 to hold the neon Fox Theatre sign. It stands 30 ft. tall and weighs approximately 25 tons. The frame had to be dismantled into 7 different pieces and each piece had to be lifted and lowered onto Grand Blvd. for further dismantling. The structure is being removed due to deterioration and to allow for a smooth re-roofing to take place later this year.