OVERVIEW

Located in the heart of downtown Redwood City; the Fox Theatre is the premier live entertainment and rental venue in Silicon Valley. Downtown Redwood City has over 60 dining options within walking distance of the Fox for pre or post-event dining. The capacity of the Fox Theatre is 1,348 amongst its three floors. Club Fox capacity is 240 and is right next door to the Fox Theatre, allowing for endless possibilities for public or private events. We also have the ability to book the Courthouse Plaza directly across the street from the Fox, providing open air or tented event experiences for 500 to 1000.

History

The Fox Theatre opened its door to the public on January 2, 1929 as The New Sequoia Theater by Ellis John Arkursh to show motion pictures. Touring Europe Arkush gathered all of his favorite architectural details from various venues to create the Moorish feel and style on the inside and the gothic feel on the exterior which was executed beautifully by the Reid Brothers of San Francisco.

Used mainly for motion pictures the theater was purchased by the Fox West Coast Chain only a few months after the opening and it continued to be used for movie attractions for a number of years until the theater was closed for renovations in June of 1950 for 4 months before re-opening its doors September of 1950 for live performances and shows.

After its renovations the theater became a popular venue for many incredible artists such as Vanessa Williams, Etta James, Bill Cosby, Neil Young, Melissa Ethridge, BB King and many others.

In 1993 the theater was inducted to the National Register of Historic Places and it is now getting ready for a Grand Re-opening to continue the legacy of the Fox Theatres and to bring life back to Redwood City. In 2009 the theater went dark and now in 2010 the doors will once again open to bring it back to life.

In the summer of 2010 the Fox Theatre Redwood City was purchased by local entrepreneurs Eric Lochtefeld and Lori Lochtefeld. Eric Lochtefeld had a dream of one day owning an entertainment venue like the Fox and Lori has a dream of helping downtown Redwood City reach its full potential on the real estate front.

Since the Lochtefeld’s re-opened the Fox Theatre and Club Fox in September 2010, the entire Theatre District that is downtown Redwood City, has experienced a renaissance. Downtown Redwood City is now arguably the most happening entertainment mecca in between San Francisco and San Jose. The Fox Theatre is successfully booking its venue for over 100 public and private events per year, drawing over 100,000 patrons. Club Fox has experienced similar success in hosting 100 to 150 public shows per year to well over 25,000 patrons. Combined with the drawing power of Century Theatres across the street (1,000,000 patrons per year), the San Mateo History Museum, Parks & Rec produced events in the Courthouse Plaza (over 100,000 people annually), and the incredible success of new restaurants like Sakura Teppanyaki and Sushi, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Five Guys, and other fine establishments, downtown Redwood City is the new place to dine and be entertained on the Peninsula. The Lochtefeld’s, with the strong backing of the community and city officials, have successfully completed many major renovations to make the Fox Theatre even impressive than it already was when they took over. We encourage to buy tickets to an upcoming show and experience all that Downtown Redwood City has to offer.

In the News

San Francisco Examiner: Redwood City’s Fox Theatre prepares to reopen doors

San Jose Mercury News: Redwood City's Fox Theatre lands major booking

The Almanac: Menlo Park native takes over at Fox Theatre

Photos are courtesy of the Redwood City Library.