It's always good to see another venue opening in the Bay Area, and the folks at Another Planet have announced that the long-anticipated renovation of the Fox Theater in Oakland is now complete, with shows scheduled to begin in early February. An initial schedule, now available on the Fox's web site, lists concerts featuring The Black Keys, The Devil Makes Three, Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Lovemakers and more, with additional events promised to be announced soon. A special presale for the initial slate of shows starts tomorrow at 10am.

The Fox opened in 1928 and was one of a number of California movie theaters eventually acquired by the Fox Film Corporation. A number of old Fox theaters have been restored as concert venues, including the Foxes in Redwood City and Fullerton, California, while San Francisco's was demolished in 1963. The Oakland theater closed its doors forty-three years ago, but after a seventy-five million dollar renovation, the venue will now have a capacity of up to 2,800 (for reference, that's over double the size of the Fillmore).