Restoration of Fox Tucson Coming Along
With the work on the exterior of the theater nearing completion, including the restoration and relighting of the historic marquee, the work is now beginning on the interior of the Fox. The first phase of the restoration of the inside of the building includes the lobby spaces, the balcony level and the basement.
The project began five years ago, and according to Herb Stratford, the executive director of the Fox Theatre Foundation, “People say, ‘What’s taking so long?’ Well, you don’t just show up at the Home Depot and fix up a national historic landmark. There’s an amazing amount of stuff you have to do.”
Stratford says that once the Fox restoration is complete, it will be an asset to downtown and the Rio Nuevo redevelopment. “I think within six months you’re going to see somes things change downtown, and within five years, you won’t even recognize downtown.”
The Foundation has raised over $6.7 million of the $11 million that it will cost to restore the theater as a high-tech performing arts center that will retain the original Art Deco design. Stratford says the Fox could reopen as early as 2006.
In the meantime, the Fox is hosting an open house on October 9th. For more information on the open house, contact the Fox Theatre Foundation at (520) 624-1515.