Fox Theater Renovation, Oakland, CA

Architect: Architectural Dimensions and ELS Architecture and Urban Design

The Fox was opened in 1928 as a movie palace but closed for over 30 years and fell into disrepair. After being restored and reopened in 2009, the Fox Theater is now used for popular music shows. In a sense, this project is an adaptive reuse because the original acoustics were ill-suited to the current programs. We participated in the second phase of acoustical improvements in this historic landmark venue, to reduce reverberation and enhance acoustical clarity. The challenge was to add wide frequency range sound-absorbing materials that are historically accurate where they are visible, without permanently altering the historic surfaces.

The American Institute of Architects Merit Award for Architecture, California Council, 2014

Video on the updated Fox Theater acoustics