Fox Oakland Theater

1807 Telegraph Avenue,
Oakland, CA 94612

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 28, 2008 at 10:44 am

This is a b/w photo of the Fox Oakland.

bruceanthony on April 28, 2008 at 8:40 am

Question about the Dome. Are they restoring the Dome where you can again see it from the Lobby of the theatre, it would add a nice restored touch to the theatre. What are they planning for the gala reopening in the Fall? I drove by the theatre last week while I was in town and the facade looks beautiful and with that wonderful restored marquee make my heart skip a beat. The Fox will bring some happy news for Oakland because the media is always talking about crime in Oakland and never anything positive. I have never had any problem going Downtown for the last 50 years which has very little crime.I hope the Fox gives Downtown the boost its needed. brucec

GaryParks on April 12, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Major structural work is in progress on the stupa dome at the top of the theater. Restoration work to the terra cotta facade over the marquee is nearing completion and shines like new.

bruceanthony on February 20, 2008 at 7:46 am

I would like to see more movie ads of films that played the Fox over the decades. A few of the movies our family saw at the Fox included “The VIP’s”,“The Unsinkable Molly Brown”,“Von Ryans Express”,“Hombre”,“Valley of the Dolls” and the “Planet of the Apes”.The last film to have an exlusive run was “Rosemarys Baby”. After this the theatre ran Porn,50 cent movies and the Dickens Fair.The Fox started opening and closing from 1965-1969 due to a lack of First Run Exclusive films as the studios had cut back on production and concentrated on the big roadshow films of the day that would play the smaller Roxie and Grand Lake theatres. I hope as stated before that the Grand Opening in October would salute its historic motion picture past as well as its future with live performances.brucec

bruceanthony on February 8, 2008 at 6:47 am

I hope they salute the past of the Fox when they reopen in the Fall of 2008. It would be great if they did a salute to 20th Century Fox with a film retrospective since this was the company that built the Fox and ran the theatre during its heyday. It would be great if they ran a film retrospective from Shirley Temple to Star Wars.They could end the retropspective with a brand new Fox film. I think this would be a classy way to salute the restoration of the Fox and its past before it starts its new life as a stage venue for live concerts.brucec

bruceanthony on January 25, 2008 at 8:36 am

Thanks for the photos. Looking forward to seeing more. The ceiling is being painted by Evergreen which has worked on restoration projects around the country. The ceiling is not costing 40 million that is near the price of the entire restoration project.Keep those photos coming. The side walls look a lot different to me than I remember.brucec

gwen on January 23, 2008 at 5:44 pm

I got to spend a few hours inside the Fox last week while was daughter was doing a fashion shoot for Oakbook magazine, I’ve put some photos up here and have many more to go through/add in the next couple weeks.

I wasn’t able to go into the orchestra level/stage area, but got to explore the mezzanine and upper levels, and walked around the walkway that encircles the top of the theater and get real close to the ceiling. The foreman [?] said they were half done cleaning the ceiling — the nicotine’s 1/8" thick! — and had just returned half the scaffolding [he said just scaffolding rental is $30,000/day, I assume this is before they took half of it out, I think he said the ceiling alone is a $40 million job but don’t quote me on that]. Went into the dome, one side of it is badly earthquake damaged/collapsed. Much of the detail paint is badly peeling but still beautiful. All the seating and carpet have been removed.

The issue of Oakbook with the fashion spread inside the Fox comes out February 7, there’s info about where to pick up a free issue here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 14, 2008 at 9:08 am

Here is a January 2008 photo.

bruceanthony on January 2, 2008 at 12:09 pm

I wonder if anyone has any restoration pictures of the restoration work going on in the Fox?brucec

bruceanthony on November 21, 2007 at 9:29 am

The article that states the 68 Million restoration of the Fox is nearing completion is a little misleading. A huge portion of the funds is being used to build a charter school which wraps around the Fox. I would like to know how much was actually spent on the theatre.Im glad the Fox is getting the restoration it deserves it is my favorite surviving movie palace in the Bay Area. I can’t wait to see the restored auditorium. I saw many movies at the Fox which had its last exclusive run with “Rosemary’s Baby”.The restored marquee of the Fox is beautiful along with the marquee at the Paramount.I hope the Fox gives Downtown a much needed boost along with the Uptown project next door. I wish my parents were still here to see the final result it took nearly 40 years. The Fox and the Paramount represent the heday of Hollywood and helped a genaration cope with the Depression and WW11. The Fox and the Paramount are the two largest surviving movie palaces in California and the among the four largest West of the Mississippi along with the Paramount in Seattle and the Portland in Portland. I hope classic film will be shown at both theatres from time to time.brucec

kencmcintyre on October 19, 2007 at 12:33 pm

Sure, any time. Lots more where that came from.

bruceanthony on October 19, 2007 at 11:26 am

Ken would love to see more adds of the Fox,Paramount,T&D,Roxie and Grand Lake. I remember all the adds advertising the great Fox West Coast Theatre Chain in Oakland Tribune.Thanks for the Ad. brucec

kencmcintyre on October 19, 2007 at 7:51 am

Here is a 1956 ad from the Oakland Tribune:

bruceanthony on September 14, 2007 at 9:22 am

Friends of the Fox need to do a better job of updating there Home Page. The Fox is currently under renovation/restoration and updates would be welcome. Pictures and posts of the progress being made would be very helpful.brucec

bruceanthony on September 4, 2007 at 8:13 pm

I was in town for a few days and took a trip Downtown Oakland and see how the Fox was coming along. I talked to a few people involved with the contractors working on the Fox project. I was told Evergreen was currently painting the ceiling of the Fox which is a good sign, since they have been invlolved with many theatre restoraitons and do quality work. I was told the Fox will be ready in the fall of 2008. There is a lot of construction across the street on the Uptown project which is transforming the whole neighberhood. I can’t wait to see the finshed project. I think the Fox and the Paramount will compliment each other and bring many people downtown at night. It is amazing that Oakland has two of the largest theatres still standing in the West along with the Portland in Oregon and the Paramount in Seattle. The Fox and the Paramount were the two largest theatres ever built in California except for the Fox in San Francisco and Paramount in LA, both demolished in the early 1960’s. Im so happy that both of these magical theatres of my childhood are still here, the Paramount having been restored in the early 1970’s and the Fox Oakland in 2008. Thanks again to Jerry Brown,after bringing her back from her long sleep of nearly 40 years.brucec

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 27, 2007 at 7:46 pm

This is a more recent close-up view of the Fox Oakland Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 20, 2007 at 7:02 pm

Here is another recent photo of the Fox Oakland Theater.

terrywade on August 16, 2007 at 6:29 pm

I took a private tour of the Fox Oakland a few months ago. Had to put on a hard hat! This will be a super fine remodel. The place doesn’t look to bad on the inside. I took some photos, will try to post some next week.

bruceanthony on August 16, 2007 at 5:44 pm

Drove past the Fox yesterday and its undergoing restoration and renovation to the theatre building. The Uptown Condo development is also in full construction. Its amazing to see all this constuction going on in a area that hasn’t changed in over 50 years.Im keeping my fingers crossed on the Fox that it will be a first rate restoration as it deserves. There is a lot of construction going on in Downtown Oakland the most I have ever seen in so many different locations. I hope all this development gives a big boost to Downtown.brucec

dingoman on August 15, 2007 at 4:13 pm

I passed by the Fox back in 2005…..has there been any work on it lately and what’s happening to the restoration??? Their web site only goes back to 2004 and there’s nothing new on it………

terrywade on August 5, 2007 at 12:53 pm

I worked as Loge man at the Fox Oakland just before it closed. Still have my letter from the union and the crazy manager Jack Mc Dougal that the Theatre was about to close. When Jack left to go home for dinner we turned all the great neon on outside. The Fox west Coast people in LA loved Jack McDougal. He ran the Fox Oakland cheap. Turned off many lights and watched a tight ship in the candy counter. Even tried to put us kids on the National General Fox West Coast payroll for doing his yard work in his Piedmont home. A class act this manager was. Long passed on Jack did get invited the the grand opening of the Paramount when it re opened in the 70’s. I will never forget the big hits the Fox Oakland had when I worked in this great Theatre. All the american Int'l Beach films played the Fox in the 60’s. Lines around the block formed for Muscle Beach Party. Jack McDougal was also a great showman. He had a live Muscle Man Mr Oakland contest on the huge Fox stage with the showing of Muscle Beach Party. He had John Ashley and the girl Candy on stage for the showing of Bikini Beach Party. The biggest crowd was for little Stevie Wonder when he was in film. The time I watched What A Way To Go over and over I new all the lines. I hope the New people at the Fox Oakland will still show some 35mm movie prints. If the Paramount up the strret is no longer going to do it on some Fridays because they think the little outdoor movie nights in town are going to hurt there business. Go for it at the Fox Oakland put in a big curved cinemascope screen and fly it with a huge Dolby Digital sound system with hidden surround speakers, show classic science fiction, horror, or old musicals have theme nights you will pack them in at the Fox.People want to get out of the DVD world and when first timers see the inside of the new Fox Oakland with It’s huge inside (I hope you replace all the color lights inside) under the balcony lit up blue or other colors during the movies. The ceiling had these great hidden dark blue lights that looked great. When new music bookers come into a old theatre like the Fox many just put in white lights bulbs. Please keep the great color lights the Fox had inside.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on July 28, 2007 at 9:20 am

I am told that Oakland had 2 Fox theaters; Fox Oakland and Oakland Fox… how confusing.
Will someone please enlighten me on this situation

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 6, 2007 at 7:59 am

Two more recent photos of the Fox Oakland Theater can be seen here and another one here.