Fox Tucson Theatre - Attraction Guide

Fox Tucson Theatre downtown sunset

Want to see a classic movie, a live ballet performance, or your favorite band in Tucson? There's a good chance that you may end up at the historic Fox Tucson Theatre in Downtown Tucson!

Fox Tucson Theatre has been a prime gathering place and the ‘place to be” in Tucson since 1930! Through the years, "this one-of-a-kind space has shaped cherished, life-long memories, built stronger community connections, and served as a source of pride at the heart of downtown Tucson." Today, the mission of the Fox is to enliven Tucson by shaping exceptional, live arts experiences in a celebrated setting.

This iconic space is known for its grandeur, for the specialness of time spent here, for its exquisite sound, for its history as a film palace, and also for a decades long commitment to families and youth.

Each season, the Fox features an exceptional mix of familiar favorites as well as new artists to discover in one or more exclusive series. This collection includes Legends, Fine Vintages, Global Journeys, Outburst Comedy, Family, and the signature Listening Room program of musicians across a range of genres from Singer-Songwriters to Country and Americana to Jazz and Blues. There is something for everyone to explore and enjoy at the Fox.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Where is Fox Tucson Theatre located?

Fox Tucson Theatre is in Downtown Tucson at 17 W. Congress.

What are the hours?

The box office is open Tues-Fri from 12:00am-4:00pm, and 2 hours prior to showtime for most ticketed events.

FREE MONTHLY TOURS of the Historic Fox Theatre are offered on the first Tuesday of each month from noon to 1pm. Open to the public, these tours take you behind the scenes, up close and personal with the beautiful and highly unique 1930’s Southwestern Art Deco theatre. The tour explores the story of the Fox in Tucson and the marvels of a world class working theatre and a peek at the newly restored Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. There might even be a friendly resident ghost or two along the way.

Can you tell me more about the history of Fox Tucson Theatre?

Fox Tucson Theatre originally opened on April 11, 1930 as a dual vaudeville/movie house. Opening night proved to be the biggest party the small community of Tucson had ever seen! Congress Street was closed and waxed for dancing, four live bands played, and free trolley rides were offered. It was a not-to-be-missed party that began Fox Tucson’s 40-year reign as the “crown jewel” of downtown Tucson’s entertainment world.

From that point on, Fox Tucson Theatre became Tucson’s most revered “Classic Movie Palace,” while also occasionally hosting community events, vaudeville performances, and more. In the 1950s, The Fox was particularly renowned as the venue for Saturday morning screenings put on by the Tucson Chapter of the Mickey Mouse Club.

After much use, the theatre underwent a six-year, $14+ million rehabilitation from 1999-2005.

How many seats are there at Fox Tucson Theatre?

The 1164 seat audience capacity is big enough to attract national and international talent, yet small enough to boast an intimate entertainment experience.

Why would I visit Fox Tucson Theatre?

  • To see a favorite musician/band perform
  • To watch a classic film
  • To take a tour and learn about the history
  • To attend a private event

How much does it cost?

Each event has its own ticket prices. Please check the website for a complete show line-up.

What is the parking situation?

There is an abundance of parking in the downtown area. Street parking (in front of meters) is free after 5pm and on the weekends. There are also a number of garages and parking lots within easy walking distance of the theatre.

The two closest parking garages are La Placita (Stone & Jackson) and Old Pueblo (Congress between Scott & Stone). The Pennington Street Garage, Library Garage, and El Presidio Garage are other good options.

Alternatively, you may want to take the Tucson Streetcar. The 3.9-mile route has a stop right in front of the Fox!

What should I wear?

Fox is indoors with heating in the winter and air-conditioning in the summer. Dress varies depending on the event, but Tucson is generally very casual.

What should I bring with me?

Cash or credit card for parking, food, & drinks.

Can I take photos during performances?

Check with the box office for each individual show.

Are bathrooms available?

Yes. There are 3 men's rooms and 3 women's rooms - one on each level.

CURRENT SHOWS

What shows are currently playing at Fox Tucson Theatre?

Fox Tucson Theatre offers a wide variety of live music - including country, classic rock, jazz & blues, and singer/songwriters. In addition, Fox hosts comedians, dance groups, and live theatre performances. Some of the more renowned musicians who have played at the Fox over the past few years include: Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, BB King, Jackson Browne, Pat Metheny, Pink Martini, Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot, The Harlem Gospel Choir, Jeff Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Cyndi Lauper, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Weird Al, and Pat Benatar.

How can I get early access to tickets?

Become a member of the Fox Family and be the first in line to purchase tickets to all your favorite shows.

DINING

Is outside food allowed? 

No.

Does Fox Tucson Theatre have a restaurant?

Fox Tucson Theatre does not have an in-house restaurant, but food and drinks are available for purchase at a concessions stand.

  • Bottled Water $2-$3
  • Soda $4-$6
  • Beer and Wine $8-$9
  • Popcorn $3-$6
  • Snacks $3
  • Coffee $3

What restaurants are located NEAR Fox Tucson Theatre?

You're in luck! There are many excellent options within walking distance of Fox Theatre:

  • Perche' No, 46 W. Congress St. (right next door) - Italian fare, lunch and dinner
  • 47 Scott, 47 N. Scott Ave (0.1 miles away) - a neighborhood bistro featuring Modern American comfort food, brunch and dinner
  • Penca, 50 E. Broadway Blvd (0.1 miles away) - Mexico City cuisine and international bar
  • Reilly Craft Pizza & Dinner, 101 E. Pennington St (0.1 miles away) - pizza, sandwiches, salad, beer, wine, cocktails
  • Cafe a La C'Art, 150 N. Main Ave (0.2 miles away) - beautiful cafe on-property of the Tucson Museum of Art, indoor + outdoor seating
  • HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery, 266 E. Congress St (0.2 miles away) - salads, sandwiches, burgers, ice cream
  • Empire Pizza & Pub, 137 E. Congress St. (0.2 miles away) - NY style pizza, heros, wings
  • Charro Steak & Del Rey, 188 E. Broadway Blvd. (0.4 miles away) - From the Si Charro! restaurant family, Tucson’s only 100% grass fed mesquite grilled steak and sustainable seafood restaurant
  • The Monica, 40 E. Congress St (0.4 miles away) - From the Si Charro! restaurant family: fresh fast breakfast, lunch, dinner

BABIES & KIDS

Does Fox Tucson Theatre offer programming for children & families?

Fox Tucson Theatre has always been dedicated to providing exceptional family programming to children of all ages and abilities. A representative had this to say, "We believe that exposing children to the arts enriches their lives and strengthens our community as a whole. Our goal is to make performing arts a vital component of every child’s life in the hopes of sparking a lifelong interest in music, dance, and culture."

Past family-friendly events have included musicians, magicians, dancing troupes, and animal shows. Events geared to children often include a photo opp with KITT the Fox (Kids in the Theatre mascot).

Check the website for a list of upcoming shows and events.

Should I bring a stroller?

A stroller is probably not necessary, unless you plan to spend some time walking around downtown before or after your show.

Are changing tables available in the restrooms?

No.

What about my pet?

No animals are permitted in the building, except service animals for special needs.

EVENTS

Can I have my wedding or rehearsal dinner at Fox Tucson Theatre?

Yes.

Can I have my child's birthday party at Fox Tucson Theatre?

Yes. Group tickets are available at a discount.

MISCELLANY

Is Fox active on social media?

Yes! You can follow Fox Tucson Theatre on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You may also want to sign up for the Fox Tucson Theatre newsletter to receive updates about upcoming shows & events.


HAVE FUN AT FOX TUCSON THEATRE!

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