*Update (5/2/12): An earlier version of this post listed the 8/19 Sharon Van Etten show as when the Fox would reopen. Shannon Bock sent a note clarifying that the Theatre actually has plans to reopen in the first week of August with a full schedule of shows, which will be announced throughout the summer.
This summer, fresh on the heels of its twenty-year anniversary, the Fox Theatre will close its doors for two months to make necessary repairs to the venue's roof. "It's an old roof," explains Shannon Bock, publicist for the Fox and the Boulder Theater. "The building was originally built in 1926, and the venue has been running for twenty years. It's time to replace it."
While this news might come as a bit of shock to music fans and lingering students, the summer is actually the best time to shut down and make repairs, with minimal effect to Boulder's summer music scene. "This time of year, festival season is ramping up, Red Rocks is opening and music is moving outside," Bock points out. "In all honesty, all of the shows we would have been having at the Fox will be housed at the Boulder Theater. The diversity of acts and quantity of shows that people have come to expect will be maintained, just at our other venue."
Best Coast is slated to play the last show before the closing, on Saturday, May 26, with a planned reopening in the first week of August, with a full slate of shows (which will be announced throughout the summer) just in time for returning CU students.* "The only thing we'll be replacing is the roof, and it will make for a cooler and more efficient space," Bock notes. "We're not renovating other parts of the venue, and the interior of the Fox won't be changing. We have a really exciting lineup for the fall so we can come back with a strong August opening."
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