Hollywood Comes to Stockton
"The power of story and the power of a well-crafted film… is really all you need to speak to people". - Jordan Peele
The Bob Hope/Fox Theatre has housed numerous live events for years, ranging from musical performances to stand-up comedy. However, its history is engrained in motion pictures. The Friends of the Fox—the voluntary organization preserving the status of the theatre as "a significant institution interwoven into the history and culture of Stockton"—resurrected the theatre's original purpose by showcasing monthly showings of classic Hollywood films. Yet, the selling point isn't just the film. It's what accompanies the film. As attendees enter the auditorium, they are greeted by the magical sounds of Dave Moreno tickling the ivories on the "Mighty" Morton organ. Just before the curtain opens, master of ceremonies extraordinaire Matias Bombal commands the stage calling out raffle ticket winners (with prizes connected to the feature film) and some trivia and fun facts about the specific film.
Then, Matias exits the stage, the curtains pull back, and the lights slowly dim until the only light that exists is that of the projector displaying the evening's feature presentation on the theatre's massive screen. With a crystal clear image and booming sound, you get to experience these classics the way they were on their initial release date. Memorable films like Citizen Kane, The Wizard of Oz, The Breakfast Club, and A League of Their Own have jumped from your televisions and mobile phones and once again grace the silver screen from which they first were witnessed. A delightful experience for any film lover that is no longer duplicated anywhere else. The Bob Hope/ Fox Theatre in Stockon is the only remaining Fox theatre that continues to show cinematic classics in its auditorium—and the Friends of the Fox are striving to keep it going.