2017 Fresno Street,
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The Barton Opera House was possibly built in around 1907. I was renamed Hippodrome Theatre in around 1912 and began 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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