|Posted on August 19, 2015 at 9:55 AM|
This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we'll be talking about the Fox Theater.
The Fox Theater, for the longest time, was a grand building with a big history. The theater opened on October 27th, 1928, greeted by much-anticipating crowds. The theater closed in 1965 after significant decreases of ticket sales. The Fox Theater quickly fell into disrepair, so much so that the City of Oakland almost demolished the building in 1975, to become a parking lot.
The developer, Mann Theater Group, proceeded to sell the Fox Theater for $340.000 dollars, but plans to revitalize the building never materialized. The building remained disused for 21 years. In 1996, the Oakland Redevelopment Agency bought the Fox Theater for $3 million. Friends of The Oakland Fox, formed by the Oakland Heritage Alliance, began work on the decrepit theater. Additional funding was provided in 2004.
In 2009, after decades of neglect, the Fox Theater officially opened. Today, six years later, the Fox Theater is one of the prettiest buildings in America, with a remarkable dome, incredible architecture, and amazing colors.
The Fox Theater is located on one of Oakland's busiest streets, Telegraph Ave. Accessible by many forms of transportation, the Fox is one of the best attractions to reach by transit.
If you are riding BART, exit and 19th Street/Oakland, on Broadway, and walk one block up 19th Street. Cross the street, and you're literally at the entrance to the theater!
AC Transit also provides convenient access, with more than a dozen buses traveling around the Fox Theater. Bus lines 1, 1R, 11, 12, 18, 51A, 58L, 72, 72M, 72R, 800, 802, 805, 851 and NL all stop at 19th Street/Oakland BART.
If you are riding the San Francisco Bay Ferry to the Fox Theater, walk through Jack London Square until you reach Broadway (you can't miss it!). If you want a walk, you can walk up Broadway to Broadway & 8th Street, and wait for the 51A. If you want to get on the bus at Jack London Square, board the 72, 72M or the 72R and exit at Broadway & 19th Street (BART).
Stay tuned next week to see which attraction we'll be featuring next!