“It’s 106 miles to Fullerton. We got a full tank of gas, a half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses”
Okay, so that’s not exactly how that line goes, but on Saturday night, June 23rd, it will be as if Joliet Jake and his brother Elwood have come back for one last mission from you-know-who. This time, that mission is to help push the Fox Theatre ever closer to the completion of her renovation, and toward the final goal of re-opening her doors for good. The event promises to be spectacular in a number of ways, but most significantly, the Fox theatre itself will open her doors to welcome an audience for the first time in decades.
The evening will include a live stage show featuring a fantastic tribute to the music of the 1980 movie, silent auctions, food and drink, and a live music after-party featuring the powerful southern California blues/rock band New Blues Revolution. Brian Newell, board member of the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation and the artistic director of the Maverick Theatre Company, is directing the event. “We’ve got some amazing talent lined up, and people who come to see this show are going to have their socks knocked off.” As for the new Blues Revolution, Newell says, “These guys are great. When they heard about this event and what was going on at the Fox, they contacted us and asked how they could be a part of it!”
The event will be a two-tiered fundraising event. VIP tickets are $100 apiece, and will include dinner at one of Fullerton’s best restaurants (For the list, click here) between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m., followed by cocktails and a silent auction from 6:30 to 7:45, and priority seating inside the theatre for the show. General admission tickets are $35 ($20 for students), and will include the live stage show and after-party.
The renovation efforts at the Fox have made breathtaking progress, turning what was once an endangered shell of a building and a ghost of its former self into a place where there’s an imminent sense that something big is just waiting to happen. The restaurant spaces adjacent to the theatre are being prepped for new tenants, and workers inside the theatre are slowly returning the Grand Old Girl to her former glory. Fullertonians who have wondered for years, “What’s going on at the Fox?” will now have a chance to take a firsthand look at the progress of the reconstruction efforts, and see just how close the Fox is to re-opening her doors for good. “We’ve still got a long way to go,” says Leland Wilson, President of the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation, “but just the fact that we could open the theatre and host an event like this shows just how far we’ve come.”
Attendees of the event are encouraged to put on their dark shades, fedoras, and dancing shoes, and special surprises are definitely on tap. For tickets and reservations, go to HollywoodinFullerton.com, or call (714) 870-0069.