1160 Broadway Plaza,
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Located on the outskirts of downtown Fresno, the exterior of the former Crest Theatre is a stark Moderne style box with an exceptional marquee. It opened on July 7, 1949 and was operated by Fox West Coast Theatres. The original seating capacity was 1,284.
“The interior is very well maintained courtesy of a friendly porter, who let me inside. Although he wouldn’t turn on the lights, my flashing camera lights revealed beautifully ornate gold leaf details. Facing the stage and curtained screen you feel like sitting in a sea shell”.
The theatre later became a church, the Iglesias Universales, but as of January 2005, the church has vacated the building, and the former theatre is now rented out for concerts, movies and special events. It has a reduced seating capacity of 557.
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