Sloss Fright Furnace comes to an end after decades in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Longtime Sloss Fright Furnace organizers have announced that the Birmingham event will no longer be produced.

The event, which took place every year from 1997 to 2019, is “too disruptive” and not “well aligned with Sloss’ mission” or its image, organizers said. event at the venue’s board of directors.

“Sloss Furnaces, a National Historic Landmark, is managed by a council affiliated with the City of Birmingham,” the announcement read. “This council told us that ‘Fright Furnace in its current format is too disruptive for school visits and other operations.’ We were also told that “we do not see the event as well aligned with Sloss’ mission or the image we wish to portray.”

Event organizers said the Sloss board is offering a limited number of days in which to produce the event. This limited time period would make it difficult for the event to recoup its costs, which typically exceed $500,000.

“The producers, actors, technicians and special effects masters all want to sincerely thank our fans for their unwavering support over the years,” the announcement from Sloss Fright Furnace read. “It was a great race! Once again, we say thank you!

David Arias, executive director of Sloss Furnaces, said he was not aware of the details of the case but would look into the situation. Arias became executive director in August, according to an announcement from the City of Birmingham.

Stay with CBS 42 for updates as this story develops.


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