Oakland Fox Theater

Oakland, CA | arts/entertainment | historic

After closing its doors in 1966, the historic 1928 theater reopened in 2009. Rehabilitation into a live music venue and arts school served as the keystone in the renewal of a blighted section of downtown Oakland, now thriving with a significant residential base, vibrant nightlife, and active arts hub.

View of the historic 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 the Oakland School for the Arts. ELS developed the original design concept for historic preservation and reuse of the theater 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. Reusing and recycling building materials, interior finishes, and the existing below-floor air delivery system added to the sustainability of the project. Dozens of new neighborhood businesses and 2,000 new residential units have followed on the heels of the Fox’s reopening.


AIACC Merit Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award

California Preservation Foundation President’s Award

Project Stats
  • Client:

    City of Oakland

  • Size:

    56,000 sf theater


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