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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Upcoming Events

    Phantom of the Opera (1943)

    Sat., Aug. 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets -$5 for General Admission, $4 for Military and Senior citizens

    Talented Christine (Susanna Foster) is unaware that her singing lessons are being funded by a secret admirer, Enrique (Claude Rains), a mysterious violinist with a disfigured face. 520-547-3040

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

    Sat., Aug. 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    Buy Tickets5

    This 1954 Disney version of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea represented the studio’s costliest and most elaborate American-filmed effort to date. 520-547-3040

    The Greatest Love of All, The Whitney Houston Show

    Sat., Sept. 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets range from $24-$59

    The Greatest Love of All, The Whitney Houston Show celebrates the music and memory of Whitney Houston. 520-547

    Piff the Magic Dragon

    Fri., Sept. 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets range from $29.50 to $64.50

    The star of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Piff the Magic Dragon is hitting the Fox stage with his off beat, hilarious brand of humor. 520-547-3040

    Tucson - SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque

    Sat., Sept. 8, 9-11 p.m.

    Buy Tickets$20 - $90

    Blackheart Burlesque is unlike any other burlesque act you’ve ever seen, filled with pop culture references, a high energy indie soundtrack combined with the sexiest choreography. 624-1515


    Fri., Sept. 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets range from $27-$69

    Ambrosia, the band known and loved by a multitude of fans since the 1970’s, is now more alive and compelling than ever. 520-547-3040

    Melissa Etheridge - Yes I am 25th Anniversary

    Sun., Sept. 16, 7-9 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets range from $39-$69

    The Fox is honored to welcome one of rock music’s great female icons. Melissa Etheridge back to Tucson! 520-547-3040

    The Australian Pink Floyd

    Thu., Sept. 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets range from $37-$87

    The Australian Pink Floyd Show is the leading and biggest show of its kind in the world! Performing the music of Pink Floyd with note for note perfection. 520-547-3040

    Live and Let Die

    Sat., Sept. 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets range from $24-$44

    Live and Let Die features a four piece band led by Tony Kishman (vocals, bass, guitar & piano). You’ll hear hit songs from the Beatles catalog and Paul McCartney. 520-547-3040

    Macy Gray

    Mon., Sept. 24, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    Buy TicketsTickets range from $29-$69

    A gifted songwriter, Macy Gray transcends genres, generations and cultures thanks to her signature storytelling, legendary raspy voice and willingness to experiment in different types of music. 520-547-3040

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