It took more than 30 years, but the Fox Tucson Theatre's revitalization was worth the long wait.

Tucson's premier vaudeville and movie palace opened in 1930. The luxurious building near the corner of Stone Avenue and Congress Street was a cultural hub of the city from its opening night until it closed in 1974.

The theater was threatened with demolition, but in 1999, the nonprofit Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation stepped up and bought the theater, intending to restore, renovate and reopen the downtown gem, which is most famous locally for hosting the Mickey Mouse Club.

On Dec. 31, 2005, the nearly 30,000-square-foot art-deco venue finally reopened after a reconstruction effort that included an eagle’s eye for authentic detail—down to using the exact same seat fabric the Fox originally opened with.

Despite outcries about the millions of dollars the city pumped into renovation of the building, the theater today hosts concerts, dance performances, fundraisers, weddings and just about anything else you can imagine. It’s worth a walk-through even if nothing is happening.


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    Thu., Oct. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    Kelsey John, a postdoctoral fellow in American Indian Studies, reveals how horses teach us to relate to each other, the land, and other nonhuman animals. 520-621-5111

    Ann Hampton Callaway: Linda Ronstadt Songbook

    Sat., Oct. 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets range from $27.50 -$62.50

    Tony nominee Ann Hampton Callaway, one of the leading pop/jazz singers of our time, will perform an exciting night of songs and stories in celebration of Linda Ronstadt. 520-547-3040

    Sugar Skull! A Día de los Muertos Musical Adventure

    Tue., Oct. 29, 6:30-8 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets range from $14.50 - $24.50

    Sugar Skull! is a joyous, heartfelt adventure that delves into the rich, tuneful traditions of Día de los Muertos. Featuring a company of gifted musicians and dancers. 520-547-3040

    Oingo Boingo Former Members

    Sun., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets range from $30-$80

    Oingo Boingo Former Members features former members of the legendary new wave group Oingo Boingo, performing hits “Dead Man’s Party,” “Weird Science,” “We Close Our Eyes,” and many more. 520-547-3040

    Cheech and Chong

    Thu., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets range from $39.50 -$79.50

    Cheech & Chong are a Grammy Award–winning comedy duo consisting of Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong. 520-547-3040

    Jesse Cook

    Fri., Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets range from $27-$59

    Juno winning master guitarist Jesse Cook is known for his intoxicating fusion of world music and has traveled the globe looking for sounds that resonate with him. 520-547-3040

    Peppa Pig's Adventure

    Sat., Nov. 9, 4 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets range from $19.50 -$49.50

    Join Peppa Pig with the ALL NEW action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in her new live show, Peppa Pig’s Adventure! 520-547-3040

    Champions of Magic

    Sun., Nov. 17, 6-8 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets range from $27.50 -$64.50

    The Champions Of Magic team presents incredible illusions, an impossible escape from Houdini’s water torture cell, a mind-blowing prediction that has to be seen to be believed. 520-547-3040

    Randy Rainbow

    Fri., Nov. 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets range from $41.50 - $87.50

    Randy Rainbow is an Emmy nominated American comedian, actor, singer, writer and satirist best known for his popular series on YouTube, The Randy Rainbow Show. 520-547-3040

    Flor De Toloache & Villalobos Brothers

    Sat., Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets range from $19.50 -$34.50

    Flor de Toloache continues to win the hearts of both progressive and traditional mariachi music fans alike through their distinct artistic vision and sophisticated, enlightened interpretation of traditional mariachi instruments. 520-547-3040

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