Our bold vision for the Fox Theater is now a reality.
After closing its doors forty-three years ago, the Fox Theater is scheduled to reopen in February 2009 with a run of performances from entertainment's top acts. The $75mm multi-use renovation project will feature a state-of-the-art theater with flexible capacity from 1,500 to 2,800. The multiple seating configurations include general admission, cabaret style seating, and reserved seating.
The theater itself will serve as the flagship live music venue for Another Planet Entertainment, well known for bringing outstanding live entertainment to the Greek Theatre, The Independent, Paramount Theatre, Oracle Arena and other popular Bay Area venues. Another Planet Entertainment also produces both the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival and Treasure Island Music Festival.
The theater's wrap around building will be the permanent home for the Oakland School for the Arts, a tuition-free charter school dedicated to artistic and academic excellence. By night, the theater will offer premier ground floor bars and restaurants that open out to a courtyard of trees, benches, and newly widened sidewalks.
The Fox Theater is located in the absolute demographic center of the Bay Area (population 7.5 million). The Theater will be the centerpiece of the revitalized Uptown District section of Oakland that will feature fine dining and 2,000 new residential development units.
The Fox Theater is located within a half block of BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and only a 12-minute train ride from San Francisco and a 9-minute train ride from Berkeley. The Fox Theater, The Greek Theatre at U.C. Berkeley, and Oracle Arena in Oakland lie within 6 miles of each other.
As a live music venue, arts school, and restaurant, the theater's opening will anchor the long-awaited renaissance of Oakland's Uptown entertainment district.
Thanks to the City of Oakland, former Mayor Jerry Brown, California Capital Group and the Friends of the Fox for converting a theater in disrepair in 1996 into a world class theater today in 2009. The Fox Theater would not have had a second life without their dreams and expertise.
And most of all a special thanks to Phil Tagami, who best exemplifies the spirit of community, leadership, and excellence without whom this project, The Oakland School of the Arts and the Fox Theater, would never have seen the “the light of day”. “Phil is what is needed in Oakland. A citizen and a developer with a soul. Phil is the type of unsung member that looks out for the greater good in society and has a vision to see it through” according to Gregg Perloff, Another Planet Entertainment CEO.
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