Photos by Drew
1960s dress: estate sale
Bag: thrift store
I’d wanted to go to The Fox Theatre in Atlanta for the longest time but never really knew if the chance would come up. We pass by it all the time and I’ve spent lots of time online looking up its history and how it was originally meant to be a Shriner’s mosque, but became a late ’20s/early ’30s movie palace instead. In 1939 the big parade/gala for the opening of Gone With The Wind started just outside the Fox and made its way down Peachtree to the Loew’s Grand Theatre, where the movie premiered. Sometimes when I think about the Loew’s Grand I get sad because it burned down before I was born and because there’s no chance of ever seeing it, but the Fox is still here, and I was always crossing my fingers that something good enough would come along to give me an excuse to go inside and see it.
So when I found out that the old Buster Keaton silent The General would be playing I was more excited than I’d been in ages. For all my silent movie ramblings I’d never even seen a silent film on the big screen; I pretty much figured I’d have to travel to New York or LA to see one. I never imagined that one would be shown in Atlanta, and in a perfect 1920s theater no less. I couldn’t imagine that there’d be much of a demand for that sort of thing, but I was completely wrong, and when we walked in I was sort of amazed to see the place almost entirely filled up. And then when the movie played people laughed and got into it and everything, but of course it wasn’t hard to get into it when there was an amazing organist playing the theater’s original 1929 organ, or when a lot of the film’s action took place just down the road in Marietta, Georgia. Or when you had a star as magnetic as Buster Keaton projected large on the screen, deadpanning, eye-rolling, looking every bit modern despite 1860s-by-way-of-1920s clothes.