Main Street Theatre

307 East Main Street,
Visalia, CA 93279

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liljim on April 28, 2013 at 2:47 am

Other then kencmcintyre comment on 4 Oct 2007 no mention has been made of the Grand Theatre, ┬┐Was there a theatre by that name? Perhaps it was a rename of another theatre, just curious.

kencmcintyre on January 22, 2008 at 2:05 pm

It looks like the original UCLA/Lee site has been taken down. Here are two photos from another UC site:

kencmcintyre on October 4, 2007 at 8:50 pm

In 1963, the operator was West Side-Valley Theaters, out of San Francisco. General manager was Roy Copper. WS-V also ran the Grand in Visalia, which I am going to add as I don’t see it listed on CT.

kencmcintyre on October 24, 2005 at 6:30 pm

Here are some pictures from the UCLA Digital Collection:

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tomdelay on October 4, 2005 at 10:21 pm

For the record, the Visalia Fox Theatre website is:

tomdelay on October 4, 2005 at 9:44 pm

I am not about to speak for Gary (who is on a trip to Egypt right now), but the Fox Theatre in Hanford AND the Fox Theatre in Visalia were both designed by Balch and Stanberry. Motion Picture World of 1930 had floor plans of both the Hanford and Visalia Fox Theatres and both were clearly designed by B & S. The Visalia Fox folks have a fine book out (presumably available from the Friends of the Fox website)and this book also clearly states the B & S firm as architects.

valvann on October 4, 2005 at 8:26 pm

Gary, what is your source for “Balch & Stanberry” as designers? (newspaper, building plans?)

Also, does any one have a photo of this theater from the front?


GaryParks on June 10, 2002 at 11:10 pm

Just for the record, the Visalia Fox, mentioned above, was designed by Balch and Stanberry, though it indeed has design elements in common with theatres designed by Lee, such as the Bakersfield Fox.