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“Cosmetic Damage” To The Fabulous Fox After Run-In With SUV

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  The show will go on this weekend, despite the fact the Fabulous Fox Theatre was hit by an SUV overnight.

Police say around 2:30 am Wednesday, a white SUV was heading east on Washington and a black SUV was going south on Grand.

The two crashed at the intersection, with each driver claiming the other ran a red light.

Two women suffered minor injuries, according to police.

The damage to the Fox itself — were it a person — could probably be taken care of with a band-aid.

“It looks like it’s just cosmetic damage so far,” said Scott Roark,a structural engineer with the firm of Alper Audi Inc. “The brick column behind (the broken facade) appears undamaged, there’s no cracks or anything along those lines.”

So the news is pretty good, but there were some nervous moments for Fox management when they first heard that the theater had been hit by a car.

“Well, I was anxious to get down here and see what actually happened,” said a visibly relieved Jana Scharnhorst, vice president of marketing for the Fox. “It turns out the car actually hit the Humboldt office building which is next door to the Fox.”

A large window on the Humboldt, which houses the theater box office, was completely smashed out and there were cracks and dings on an adjacent column.

It was later determined that the Fox Theatre itself had suffered no damage at all.

So keep those tickets for this weekend’s performances of “Rock of Ages”, said Scharnhorst.

“We have four performances of this great musical,” she told KMOX News. “The window will be boarded up and the shows will not be impacted at all.”

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