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Historic Bob Hope Theatre

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Address: 242 E Main St, Stockton, CA 95202-2901
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+1 209-337-4673

The Bob Hope Theatre, known to some locals as “The Fox” is an exciting...

The Bob Hope Theatre, known to some locals as “The Fox” is an exciting entertainment destination and a beautifully restored piece of Stockton’s history. The recent renovation has created a wonderful space to enjoy not only local arts productions, film, dance, comedy and Broadway type entertainment, but also the latest in top name musical entertainment. In 1929, Fox West Coast Theaters invests nearly half a million dollars to build a luxurious, safe and comfortable theater - the Fox California, or the Fox. The opening of the Fox on October 14, 1930, is one of the most grandiose events in the region. The Fox is the largest vaudeville house in California, with 2,170 seats. The theatre is also one of the safest buildings of the time, built entirely with cement and steel, with the ability to evacuate guests within two minutes. One of the jewels of the theatre is the $40,000 (in 1930) three manual Wurlitzer pipe organ with twin pipe lofts. Fully renovated in late 1990s and early 2000s, the theatre changed its name to the Bob Hope. Visitors can enjoy rich wood carvings and murals in the lobby and the main chamber. The original water feature in the lobby was replaced with a water-themed marble mosaic. A 1928 Robert Morton theater organ, which was last played in the Seattle Fox Theatre over 50 years ago, was restored and donated to the theatre by The Friends of the Fox. Organ concerts take place before classic movie showings which are featured on the 2nd Friday of the month throughout the year.To take a tour of the theatre contact 209-337-HOPE or 209-464-5246.

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Original movie theater

After an extensive remod & updating, it is very refreshing to see and awe what has been preserved from the 'original' theater. I would classify it as a 'Historical' Classic to be... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

After an extensive remod & updating, it is very refreshing to see and awe what has been preserved from the 'original' theater. I would classify it as a 'Historical' Classic to be preserved!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The upper level seating for a concert type event is perfect. There isn't a bad seat in the house, but would recommend the middle front balcony. The acoustics are wonderful, and the facility is beautiful and clean.

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Leander, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great talent, good plays nice seating good acoustics would like to see more Andrew Webber plays maybe ne t year

Thank carolynframe2000
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

First time at this theater and it's beautiful. My main concern was parking. There is 3 parking lots from 1 to 3 blocks away. Not the best area but just stay with the crowds.

Thank David T
Turlock, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went to to Russian Ballet doing Sleeping Beauty in October. The theater was so nice. We love the atmosphere and the ballet. It is so nice to have a quality location for shows close to home.

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Stockton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

It must have been decades since we have been to the this former Fox Theater. After it has been through major renovation and change the name to the Bob Hope theater, this place looks gorgeous; bringing the memories of yesteryear. We visited Bob Hope theater to watch a classic movie. It was like taking a trip back in time. The... More 

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Stockton, Ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

I'm 69 and been going to this venue since I was 8. My parents took me to see Fantasia there. It's a beautiful old Fox theatre with great acoustics.

Thank John A
Manteca, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

While the interior has been beautifully restored, the air system seems to have been neglected. We were there is early summer for a graduation and once the seats were filled with warm bodies, it was a sauna. Seating is comfortable, the view from back rows is decent, restrooms are close and easy to locate. Staff was friendly and helpful. Parking... More 

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Stockton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I have seen Brian Regan, BB King, Vince Gill, Gallagher (that dates me a little!), Merle Haggard, Jamestown Revival, and have even experienced college fall prom events there.

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Manteca, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

The Bob Hope Theatre is a great place to catch a concert. Even though it is a much smaller venue than the local stadiums, I prefer it here due to 2 main things: There are no bad seats here and you can watch a great performance without having people smoking pot all around you, like they get away with at... More 

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