Photo credit for professional Fox Aurora Arts Center photos goes to Nic Rentfrow (nicrentfrow.com).

The sign was restored without taking it down by DaVinci Sign Systems, Inc.  Photo courtesy Aurora Fox Arts Theatre.

Aurora Fox Arts Center Sign Restoration

The original palette of the Aurora Fox neon sign and its 760 feet (1/8 of a mile) of new tubing created by Phil Lucero of Neon Underground is restored, thanks to a combination of public funds and the fine craftsmanship of DaVinci Sign Systems, Inc.  An 11-month process, the project culminated with the sign reveal/lighting at a ceremony on June 22nd.

There were modifications along the way:  when a sign survey found yellow on the tops of the FOX letters, it wasn’t known until after scraping more paint off that the rest of the sign revealed another color combination.  In the final version, the vibrant red, yellow, and pale blue honor the original design from 1946 that originated from Denver architect Charles Strong.

The sign is a whopping 61 feet in height, and the work was done without taking the sign down.  DaVinci’s team, notably Rudy Cortez, spent many days at the site hovering over Colfax Avenue in an extended bucket while doing exacting paintwork.  Phil Lucero of Neon Underground, a name reflecting the home basement that was used to construct 112 tubing units that were installed on-site, worked his magic and spent months of sleepless nights in the process.

Chris Geddes, the City of Aurora’s Historic Preservation Specialist, worked closely with the project, also doing deep research through photos in the archives to ensure accuracy in the color restoration.

The yellow background material for the interchangeable letters was replaced with white since the former was there from a 1980s repair.

Some notable articles about the project and its origins that appeared in statewide, regional, and local news:

denverpost.com/2024/07/01/aurora-fox-restored-neon-sign-1946/

sentinelcolorado.com/metro/vital-sign-aurora-fox-theatre-bringing-back-the-past-for-the-future/

auroragov.org/news/whats_new/restored_aurora_fox_sign_to_be_lit_june_22

https://www.9news.com/video/news/community/sign-at-the-aurora-fox-arts-center-gets-some-tlc/

Shown from left:  Greg Jirik, Kevin Flannery, Kyegan Christy, Rudy Cortez, Sam Lucero, and Landen Senesac.  Not shown:  Phil Lucero of Neon Underground.

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