City logo and web banner

Art, Music and Theater

Bob Hope (Fox) Theatre

Front of Bob Hope Theater building

The Historic Fox Theatre in Downtown Stockton is one of only two "movie palaces" in the Central Valley.  An estimated 20,000 people attended the grand opening on October 14, 1930.  Since then, the theatre has been used for movies and live performances.

Congress awarded the City of Stockton $290,000 in 2001 and $225,000 in 2002 to help renovate the Fox Theatre.  The State awarded the project with a $300,000 California Bob Hope Heritage Fund Grant.  Restoration of the Bob Hope (Fox) Theatre was completed on September 18, 2004.

In May 2003, Stockton resident and developer Alex G. Spanos donated $500,000 toward the renovation of this historical theatre. 

At his request, the City Council voted to name the theatre after one of the Country's best known entertainers - Bob Hope.

For more information, please contact  the Bob Hope (Fox) Theatre at (209) 337-HOPE, or see External Links below.


Public Art in Stockton

The City of Stockton's Public Art Program operates under the guidelines of the City's Public Art Master Plan.  The plan designates art as an integral part of all public capital projects.  The plan is funded by an allocation based on 2% of the total cost of all capital improvement projects.

Downtown art includes maintenance hole covers designed by Stockton artist Molly Toberer.  Toberer’s work designed covers for the downtown maintenance holes that carry unique 1930’s style designs of the Work Progress Administration period.  One of downtown's first public art projects were the designed metal tree grates by artist Scott Runion.

Downtown sidewalks show off the work of Dan Snyder.  Snyder placed six sets of brass inlays around the downtown area, catching the attention of Guaranty Bank.  That prompted Guaranty to commission Stockton’s first public/private public art partnership in placing a set of brass inlays in front of the new Guaranty Bank branch on Hunter Street.

The Bob Hope Theatre in itself is a recipient of new public art.  The sidewalk in front of the theatre has new artwork as part of the remodeling, and a floor mosaic has been placed in the rotunda inside.

For additional information about Public Art in Stockton, please contact the Community Services Department.


Children's Museum of Stockton

Museum logoThe Children's Museum of Stockton is located in downtown Stockton, across from the Deep Water Channel and the Waterfront Warehouse. 

An educational experience from the moment young visitors step through the door, the museum features hands-on, play-based exhibits that will enhance a child's understanding of how the world works.

On the exhibit floor over a dozen different child-sized environments recreate the ambiance of a small city where merchants, bankers and doctors might mingle among the grocery shoppers.

At each exhibit in the museum's tiny town, there are tools and/or machines that can be manipulated by the children, who weigh postcards at the post office, count money at the bank and perform tasks of that particular occupation.

For additional information, please contact the Children's Museum of Stockton at (209) 465-4386 or see the External Links below.


Haggin Museum

Museum entranceFor 80 years, the Haggin Museum has acquired, maintained and exhibited two important types of collections - one devoted to local history, and the other comprised of fine works of art.

In 1928, the San Joaquin Pioneer and Historical Society was incorporated for the purpose of establishing a museum for the preservation of local historic objects. 

As it began its efforts, the group was aided by a former Stocktonian, Robert Tittle McKee. McKee's wife, Eila Haggin Mckee, provided funds to include an art gallery as part of the proposed museum.  She also donated a collection of paintings which had belonged to her father, Louis Terah Haggin.  These early events provided the basis for the Haggin Museum's history and art collections.

Haggin Museum also maintains several research libraries, including the Earl Rowland Art Library; the Almeda May Castle Petzinger Library, which deals withboth California and regional history; the Holt Industrial Archives, which includes material relating to leading early industries; and the Stephens Marine Archives, which includes original architect's drawings, hull files and miscellaneous materials.

Haggin Museum is located in Victory Park, on Pershing Avenue, between Picardy Drive and Argonne Drive.  For additional information, please contact the Haggin Museum at (209) 940-6300 or see the External Links below.


Stockton Symphony

The Stockton Symphony is the third-oldest, continuously performing orchestra in California, surpassed in longevity only by the San Francisco Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  It offers both a 5-concert Classics Series and an immensely popular 4-concert Pops Series; all concerts except the Pops & Picnic fundraising concert, are held at Atherton Auditorium on the San Joaquin Delta College Campus.

The Symphony prides itself in commissioning new works - one or more each year since Maestro Peter Jaffe joined 17 years ago.  It received national coverage recently, when it commissioned a new work that focused on the issues of conflict and resolution. 

The Stockton Symphony continues to "think outside the concert hall" with its Harmony Stockton program, a free after-school program that combines music introduction and performance with academic tutoring to assist young students in developing life skills toward personal, academic, and social success.  This partnership of the Symphony, United Way, UOP and S.U.S.D, helps students develop focus, coordination and shared responsibility in the process of learning.  

For further information about the Stockton Symphony, including future performances, guest artists, and how to volunteer, please call (209) 951-0196 or see the External Links below.



External Links

Bob Hope Theater

Children's Museum of Stockton

Haggin Museum

Stockton Symphony 

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 9/27/2012