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Fox Theater Tucson

July 17th, 2016 by samhughesinn

The Fox Theater Tucson – Film, Music, Special Events
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Fox Theater Tucson

The Fox Theater Tucson began construction in summer of 1929, designed by the architect M. Eugene Durfee to feature movies and the then still popular, vaudeville. It opened in April of 1930 with the film, “Chasing Rainbows”, starring Jack Benny in one of his few and unmemorable movie credits. The gorgeous insides are a blend of southwestern desert and Art Deco with touches of Egyptian, Native American and Mayan inspired designs.

For the first scheduled event, the streets were closed to traffic and waxed for dancing. More than 3,000 people bought tickets for the show and the event became a local “must-see” featuring live bands outside and free trolley rides downtown. (Tucson’s original trolley was still operating then and has since been replaced by a shiny new streetcar version in the past few years.) The Fox Theater Tucson flourished for forty years and then, with the advent of more outlying theaters, drive-in movies, television and the loss of retail space, people found other forms of entertainment and popularity declined. The Fox Theater Tucson closed in 1974 and sat vacant for 26 years. The owners had various plans in mind for the building, including destruction, but never got around to any of them.

In the year 2000 the Fox Theater was purchased by a not for profit organization and $13 million dollars were spent for restoration. Its interior was as faithfully reproduced and restored to be as much like the original as possible. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 and reopened for business on New Year’s Eve, 12/31/2007. About 1,100 of 1,200 available tickets were sold in the opening fund-raising event in which tickets cost $250 per seat and $1,000 per couple for the balcony “love seats.” The restoration of this theater, along with many restaurants and new living spaces, has contributed to the overall vitality of a revived downtown.

Oldies-but-goodies movies and film festivals are scheduled throughout much of the year currently but along with these are many live presentations featuring, singers, musicians, combos and many other special events. Check the schedule, seating chart & ticket sales for entertainment the rest of this summer and coming up for fall and winter. See featured videos on YouTube. Fox Theater Tucson, 17 W. Congress Street.

Fox Theatre Tucson

Fox Theatre

 

UA PRESENTS

June 13th, 2016 by samhughesinn

UA Presents and collaboration with Broadway in Tucson features a  group of amaazing theater productions and special guest appearances, most of which are held at Centennial Hall, located on the campus of the University of Arizona.

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Centennial Hall

Centennial Hall first opened in 1937 as an auditorium and lecture hall and ten years later began hosting the Tucson Sunday Evening Forum featuring well known  American figures including Walter Cronkite, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Eleanor Roosevelt, among others. The hall was renovated in 1985 and named in honor of the university’s 100th anniversary and then became the venue for UA Presents. In 2010 the first of the Broadway in Tucson series, Wicked, was held here and the partnership between the two organizations began.

UA Presents features can be found at http://uapresents.org/upcoming-events. Enter the month/year and search categories that include Classical, Spotlight, Dance, Jazz & Blues, Global Sounds, and Broadway & Family. Look forward to famous guest singers, musicians, classical ensembles, and many talented artists in other artistic pursuits. For instance, Chaka Khan & Bernadette Peters, Itzhak Perlman,  the Peking Acrobats, Dance Theatre of Harlem, a night with Ben Vereen and many other memorable events are on the Fall/Winter, 2016/2017 calendar. .

Broadway in Tucson, in collaboration with UA Presents will showcase 7 musical productions beginning in September 2016 and ending in April, 2017. Most are familiar names to Tucson  but a few are here for the first time. The list includes Cabaret in September, Mama Mia (October), Sound of Music (November), Dirty Dancing (January), Motown, the Musical (February), Kinky Boots (March) and The Bodyguard (April). Check out the dates and story lines at http://broadwayintucson.com/shows.htm and buy tickets online at http://uapresents.org/genre-broadway. Centennial Hall is easy walking distance from Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast.

Season ticket holders save up to 40% off regular ticket prices, get priority seating and can exchange their tickets in the event of a conflict. Click here for info or call the Season Ticket Office at 1-866-821-2929 (M-F)!

Some events are held at Stevie Eller Dance Theatre & Crowder Hall on campus, or at the Fox Theatre in downtown Tucson.

Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre

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