Learn the history of the renovated FOX theater, here.
One tidbit about our printer jam political circus back then:
There was serious talk of tearing the Fox down to create a parking lot. The City’s Public Works Department and the Off-Street Parking Commission, with support from local retailers, presented a plan for the City to purchase the property, demolish the building, and provide parking for 218 vehicles. Sheldon Milenbach of Milens Jewelry was quoted in the Montclarion saying that the Fox Oakland building is “the largest outdoor urinal in the world” and Planning Commissioner Clyde Gibbs said “The City should acquire and demolish this blighted building. It’s been a blight for years.” Fortunately the proposal foundered, and once again, the theater with nine-lives somehow averted disaster.