Wow! What a difference $75 million makes. The Fox, built in 1928 as a
movie house and closed in 1996, reopened in February with red-carpet
hoopla and fanfare, and Oakland's new and most impressive venue has
been selling out shows with top-name class acts ever since. It's easy
to see why, because the redo of this Uptown icon and city landmark to
its gold-leafed, jewel-bedecked Moorish splendor is fantastic, from the
domed chandeliers and painted ceiling down to the curtains and carpet.
Stunning restoration, smart modern touches. Everything about the new
Fox is well planned: Three tiers on the ground level and comfy balcony
seats mean there's not a bad spot in the house. The acoustics are
great, and the sound system rocks, as does backstage. Bars are in
abundance, so service is easy, and frigid, air-blasting floor vents
keep the atmosphere circulating, even on the dance floor.