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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Get a Free Tour of the Fox Theater and Celebrate Its Third Anniversary This Friday

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 1:36 PM

click to enlarge The Fox turns three years old this Friday. - JOSH MILLER
  • Josh Miller
  • The Fox turns three years old this Friday.

It's kind of a big week for Oakland's Fox Theater: Tonight, Wilco plays its last in a series of three Bay Area concerts -- which, if it's anything like Sunday's show at the Warfield, should be incredible.

Then, on Friday, there's a big party at the Fox in honor of the third anniversary of theater's reopening. The party will feature DJ sets from Lyrics Born and DJ Franchise, free tours of the theater, food from Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe, drink specials, a silent auction, and more.

Obviously, the coolest part of this celebration is the chance to get a tour of the 2,800-capacity venue, which originally opened in 1928, closed in 1966, and then reopened in 2009 after an extensive renovation. As anyone who's seen a show at this historical landmark knows, the Fox has the feel of an opulent Indian temple, with gold accents, textured ceilings, and two statues with gleaming red eyes overlooking the audience. It's truly a gorgeous space.

Friday's tours run from 5 to 9 p.m. and take place every 30 minutes. The Third Anniversary party takes place at the Den, the Fox's attached bar and restaurant at 19th and Telegraph. Organizers are encouraging everyone who wants a tour to show up as close to 5 p.m. as possible to get an assigned time. There's more info on the Fox Anniversary party's Facebook page.


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