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gwen commented about Fox Oakland Theater on Jan 23, 2008 at 5:44 pm

I got to spend a few hours inside the Fox last week while was daughter was doing a fashion shoot for Oakbook magazine, I’ve put some photos up here and have many more to go through/add in the next couple weeks.

I wasn’t able to go into the orchestra level/stage area, but got to explore the mezzanine and upper levels, and walked around the walkway that encircles the top of the theater and get real close to the ceiling. The foreman [?] said they were half done cleaning the ceiling — the nicotine’s 1/8" thick! — and had just returned half the scaffolding [he said just scaffolding rental is $30,000/day, I assume this is before they took half of it out, I think he said the ceiling alone is a $40 million job but don’t quote me on that]. Went into the dome, one side of it is badly earthquake damaged/collapsed. Much of the detail paint is badly peeling but still beautiful. All the seating and carpet have been removed.

The issue of Oakbook with the fashion spread inside the Fox comes out February 7, there’s info about where to pick up a free issue here.

gwen commented about Alameda Theatre on Nov 20, 2007 at 11:25 pm

If anyone’s interested, the marquee was lit up this weekend and I took a photo:

Looks pretty swank though the lettering on the vertical looks atypically thin for this kind of design from that era. I’ve only seen [in person and in photos] the pre-restoration marquee, does anyone have photos of it in its original state?