Warnors Theatre

1400 Fulton Street,
Fresno, CA 93721

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Previously operated by: Pantages, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Benjamin Marcus Priteca

Functions: Live Theater, Performing Arts

Styles: Spanish Colonial

Previous Names: Pantages Theatre, Warner's Theatre, Warner Cinerama Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 559.264.2848

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Warnor's Theatre

The Pantages Theatre opened on October 20, 1928. Built for and operated by Alexander Pantages, this massive building takes up an entire city block in downtown Fresno, CA. It is equipped with a Robert Morton theatre pipe organ. In 1929 it was taken over by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. and renamed Warner’s Theatre. In December 1962 it was converted into a Cinerama theatre, opening on December 21, 1962 with “This Is Cinerama” and played Cinerama feature movies until December 1968.

In 1973 it was threatened with demolition and was purchased by theatre organ enthusiast Frank Caglia who renamed it Warnors Theatre (due to copyright of the Warner name). By 1987 it had been renovated to the plans of Seattle based architect Richard F. McCann, a successor to the Priteca firm, retaining all the original features of the building. Upon the death of Frank Caglia in 2006, the theatre passed to a non-profit operation and is a performing arts venue.

It was placed on the Register of Historic Places in 1978.

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Recent comments (view all 25 comments)

kencmcintyre on March 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Here is a vintage photo, probably circa 1950s:

Coate on April 23, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Fresno’s Cinerama history posted here.

local157 on August 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm

A wonderful tour of a very nice Robert Morton Theater Organ at the Warnor Theater http://ow.ly/odldh

Cakeight on February 15, 2015 at 3:21 am

Here are more photos taken in and around the Warnor’s in recent years: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cakeight/6000278995 https://www.flickr.com/photos/cakeight/6000782966 https://www.flickr.com/photos/cakeight/6000275229 https://www.flickr.com/photos/cakeight/6000822760 https://www.flickr.com/photos/cakeight/6000816488 https://www.flickr.com/photos/cakeight/6000252133

dansdriveintheater on November 5, 2018 at 12:28 am

my mom nursing school graduation took place here. everything was original including the urinals and toilets which were from 1911!

rivest266 on January 27, 2021 at 4:57 pm

Reopened as Warner’s Fresno on August 31st. 1929

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