2017 Fresno Street,
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Previous Names: Barton Opera House, Theater Fresno
The Barton Opera House was built in 1889, opening on September 29, 1890. It was renamed Theater Fresno in around 1915, and was remodeled by 1917 and renamed Hippodrome Theatre, presenting vaudeville and screening silent movies.
A small 4 Rank 2 Manual piano console Wulitzer (Opus 315) was installed. This organ was transfered to the White Theatre on Broadway (near the Hotel Fresno) and was installed in the same manner it had been at the Barton/Hippodrome - in a stand-alone swellbox backstage. Hayes McClaran removed the organ prior to the demolition of the White Theatre. The instrument is now owned by a collector in the Bay Area.
The Hippodrome Theatre was demolished in 1927, and T&D’s State Theatre (later Fox State/Esquire/Sequoia/Towne) was built on the site, opening in 1928.
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