Fox Theater, California, United States
4.5 (79 reviews) Spent 2-3 hours Ranking #19 in Oakland Theaters
I had never been to the "Fox Theatre" before. We made the trip down to see "Billy Idol", and what a Theater. The Theater seats 2800, and it has a "Grand" layout. The sound quality was very good. I will not hesitate to see another show at this location. There is some limited "On Street" parking, or there is a "Parking Garage" a couple of blocks away. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) has a station one block away from the Theater. A Great Venue...
1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612-2109
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4.5 based on (79 reviews)
5Yog-Sothoth 5:00 PM Sep 15, 2018A Bay Area Favorite
Caught The Distillers here on a recent Friday. With some trepidation, I shelled out an extra $50 for the Telegraph Room - but this is totally the way to go. Private entrance, free private coat check, private bar, private restrooms. HORS D'OEUVRES! Then you can go down a little hallway into a private seating area on the floor WITH COCKTAIL SERVICE. What a great night. I love the Fox.
5Simon W 5:00 PM Jan 16, 2015Classic music venue
This is a class venue to see bands at in all regards except one - the sound. However that is a function of the 1920s era design that just isn't designed for killer sound. So depending on where you stand your sound may be way too much of one thing or the other. My recommendation - stay in the middle from the front section back to the mixing desks. Best "seats" in the house if you get there early are in the middle up against the railing on the second tier overlooking the front of stage level. You'll avoid the crush of the "mosh pit", wont get stuck at the sides, and wont have anyone tall to stare at the back of. The floor does slope, but not a huge amount so the 6' plus people who always end up in front of everyone are still a problem :-) Other than the awesome art decco interior the Fox also wins with an amazing number of bars - is it four or six downstairs? I lose count. If you show up early you can also go to the foyer bar and get food from the Rudy's buffet selection and take that in while you wait. There are usually a few tables at the back of the tiers if you're early. Also the entire floor of the Fox is ventilated and it never gets stuffy or smokey (remember this is Tokeland and you will almost always find someone with an ecig consuming something herby). This can mean it will get colder than you expected so a jacket is often advised if you're not at the front jammed in with the sweaty groupies. One time I ended buying the overpriced band merch. just to keep warm! The Fox also has a VIP area towards the back just behind the sound booths. There is usually a dedicated bar for that, and a bunch of tables. They also sometimes run "meet the band" events before the show for some 1 on 1 time. All that is $$ extra of course but it is nice to have options. There is also a dedicated area for wheelchair users so they don't get stuck in the throng or have to deal with all the steps down to the front. I've never actually sat upstairs, they usually have different tickets for that, but I think you can probably make your way upstairs to sit if there are empty seats. YMMV.