Menlo Park native takes over at Fox Theatre


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By Dave Boyce

Almanac Staff Writer

Dreams and the process of fulfilling them has become the business of Menlo Park native Eric Lochtefeld, the co-founder of a for-profit global clearinghouse for internships called University of Dreams, and the new operator of the Fox Theatre, the Little Fox nightclub and the offices upstairs in the 2200 block of Broadway in Redwood City.

"We literally just got the keys last week," Mr. Lochtefeld said in an interview. "Now maybe my dream can be realized here."

The lights in the buildings have been off for months, but getting new light and sound systems -- and attracting compelling musical acts and paying customers into the 1,500-seat theater and 250-seat nightclub -- won't be entirely foreign to Mr. Lochtefeld, who said he's been in the music industry as a producer for seven years.

"This is second nature to me," he said. "It's like riding a bike. It's not like I forgot how to do it."

He will have experienced help. Mr. Lochtefeld said he has hired a production manager associated with rock-music extravaganzas that typically draw 750,000 fans, and the venue manager for the Houston Astrodome.

Decisions on which talent to invite to the stages will be made in the summer, Mr. Lochtefeld said. When asked for examples, he read from a list of Fox Theatre acts from the past decade, including musicians Joan Baez, Lyle Lovett, BB King and Kenny Loggins, and comedians Bill Cosby, Dana Carvey and Lily Tomlin.

Mr. Lochtefeld said he would not rule out any music genre, but said he is likely to focus on rhythm & blues, jazz and alternative rock.

Space for dancing, in the theater anyway, will be a simple matter of removing the 500 to 600 movable seats down in front, he said. Liquor licenses have been applied for.

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Posted by TAV
a resident of another community
on Jun 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm

This is great and I can't wait!

Like this comment
Posted by Miriam Russell
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 2, 2010 at 6:15 pm

This is great news. Thank you, Mr. Lochtefeld

Like this comment
Posted by Robert David Green
a resident of another community
on Apr 5, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I truly hope they will find a organ and reinstall it.

I enjoying a Wurlitzer Theater Organ and silant movie at theater
that almost became a parking lot. It's been restored.

I sit in a sweet spot and can fill the organ shacking the building.

Look it up on the net or just Goggle Name is Elsinore Salem Or

I'm a transplant from RC and enjoyed going to movies at the Fox.

One week they played Band Of Angels with Clark Gable. The place
was packed with teenagers. You ask WHY..
To hear Jester Hairston sing In that Grate Getten up Morning.

A pipe organ an silant movies can help pay the bills!

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