Oakland Fox Theater

Forty-three years after closing its doors, the Oakland Fox Theater has been transformed into the flagship live music venue for Another Planet Entertainment and the home of Oakland School for the Arts. ELS developed the original design concept for historic preservation and reuse of the theater (originally built in 1928 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979) for contemporary performance use by accommodating a flexible capacity from 1,500 to 2,800 seats and creating room for an open dance floor, standing room, or cabaret-style seating in front of the stage. ELS then served as the historic architect for the restoration in association with other architectural firms. Dozens of new neighborhood businesses and 2000 new residential units have followed on the heels of the Fox’s reopening. The beautifully restored theater has become the hub of Oakland’s Uptown Arts and Entertainment District with as many as 500 art students using the school facility, designed by Studio Bondy Architecture, in the day and patrons watching shows, dining in its on-site restaurant and bar, and patronizing other local business in the evening and on weekends.

Awards and Publications

AIACC Merit Award for Architecture 2014; National Trust for Historic Preservation, Honor Award, 2009; California Preservation Foundation, President’s Award, 2008; American City and County, March 2009; The Architect’s Newspaper, California Edition, March 2009; SF Architecture & Design Examiner, February 2009; Urban Land, November/December 2007


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