Warnor's Theatre

1400 Fulton Street,
Fresno, CA 93721

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local157
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

Coate
Coate on April 23, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Fresno’s Cinerama history posted here.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Here is a vintage photo, probably circa 1950s:
http://tinyurl.com/cz2azq

tomdelay
tomdelay on April 4, 2008 at 9:54 pm

This next Sunday, April 13, veteran theatre organist Bob Mitchell is going to play the Robert Morton theatre organ in concert starting at 3pm. Bob is one of the two oldest/longest surviving theatre organists from the silent era.

tomdelay
tomdelay on October 6, 2007 at 1:00 am

October 19 is to be the 85th anniversary of KMJ radio. The event is to be held at Warnors featuring the recreated “Rat Pack” that appears regularly in Vegas. They are great! The organ will be used as a pre-show. Wish I could go, but I’ll be on my way to NYC that night. Tickets are available on the Warnors and KMJ 580 websites.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 5, 2007 at 11:22 pm

How funny that they only changed one letter to save money. In LA, the downtown Warners theater became Warren’s for a while, but that would have meant replacing no letters, just reversing the last syllable.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on October 5, 2007 at 10:44 pm

recent photos of gorgeous ceiling of auditorium:
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Set of exterior 2007 photos including close up of Ticket Booth:
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Close-up of exterior neon:
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Close-up of marquee:
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Marquee lit up at night:
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Exterior ornamentation:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 7, 2006 at 7:37 pm

Here is an extensive essay on the Pantages/Warnor’s, at the Historic Fresno web site. The theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

someonewalksinla
someonewalksinla on April 28, 2006 at 6:32 pm

Warnors theatre was highlighted this evening on California’s Gold with Huell Howser on a Los Angeles PBS station. I’m sure it can be ordered, or information when it is broadcast again can be found at
http://www.calgold.com/

Calfornia’s Gold – show 8008

Warnors Theatre

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 18, 2004 at 6:22 pm

When first opened as the Pantages Theatre on 20th October 1928, the seating capacity given was 2,169. It had a Robert Morton 4 Manual/14 Rank theatre organ (Opus 2416) with the organ chamber beneath the stage.

reflectionscs
reflectionscs on December 5, 2004 at 8:58 pm

Another long ago memory of the Warners Theatre. In the mid 1950s, I was still a young boy living in Fresno. My parents bought tickets for us to see Betty Hutton, live, on stage, at the Warners Theatre. She was trying out what would be her Las Vegas stage show in several small towns, Fresno included. It was a very rainy Sunday afternoon when we went to Betty’s show at the Warners Theatre. Only a handful of people had bought tickets to see the famous motion picture star of “Annie Get Your Gun” and “The Greatest Show On Earth”. My parents, both born and raised in New York City, were embarrassed that Fresnans did not support this star in her live performance. But, back then, Fresno was a small agricultural town of about 50,000 people. Today the population is nearly 500,000. As I remember, Miss Hutton’s live show was a high-energy musical-comedy treat. But the audience was scant. It’s unlikely that anyone else who visits this site will remember Betty Hutton, live at Warner’s Theatre, because there were so few of us there.

reflectionscs
reflectionscs on December 3, 2004 at 4:55 pm

I remember well that Cinerama came to Fresno, California, at the Warner Cinerama Theatre. As a child, I saw “Gidget” there; “Auntie Mame,” “The Pajama Game,” and scores of other motion pictures. I remember the theatre manager, Bill Korenbrott (sp?) He once claimed that I spent almost as much time at the theatre as he. As a very young adult, I was working in advertising and publicity at Cinerama Releasing Corp., at 292 La Cienega, Beverly Hills. One day, Korenbrott walked into my office. Delighted and surprised to see one another, we chatted about the “old days” at the Warner Theatre. It didn’t become Warnor till sometime after I ankled Fresno in 1969.

In Cinerama, I remember “How The West Was Won,” “The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm,” “Cinerama Holiday,” and others in the 3-strip process, at the theatre.

reflectionscs
reflectionscs on December 3, 2004 at 4:55 pm

I remember well that Cinerama came to Fresno, California, at the Warner Cinerama Theatre. As a child, I saw “Gidget” there; “Auntie Mame,” “The Pajama Game,” and scores of other motion pictures. I remember the theatre manager, Bill Korenbrott (sp?) He once claimed that I spent almost as much time at the theatre as he. As a very young adult, I was working in advertising and publicity at Cinerama Releasing Corp., at 292 La Cienega, Beverly Hills. One day, Korenbrott walked into my office. Delighted and surprised to see one another, we chatted about the “old days” at the Warner Theatre. It didn’t become Warnor till sometime after I ankled Fresno in 1969.

In Cinerama, I remember “How The West Was Won,” “The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm,” “Cinerama Holiday,” and others in the 3-strip process, at the theatre.

William
William on April 2, 2004 at 4:47 pm

The same type of name change happened at the Warner’s Downtown Theatre in Los Angeles. The theatre opened as a Pantages Theatre and was soon picked up by Warner. It be came the Warner’s Downtown Theatre and later the Warners. When the Stanley Warner chain dropped the house, Metropolitan Theatres operated it till it closed as the Warrens Theatre.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 2, 2004 at 12:57 pm

The seating capacity has been variously reported as between 2,169 and 2,400. The auditorium is similar to Priteca’s Pantages/Orpheum in San Francisco. For many years, the theatre was known as the Warner or Warner’s. I suspect that it became the Warnor when the next management tried to save money by changing only one letter on the marquee. Which reminds of the Earle in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY, becoming the present Eagle.

tomdelay
tomdelay on September 25, 2002 at 2:28 am

The Warnors Theatre, nee Pantages also houses the last original installation Robert Morton pipe organ in California. The 4 manual 14 rank instrument is also the last such Pantages instrument still installed beneath the stage in the US. The organ’s pipes speak into the orchestra pit.

The Caglia Family is to be commended for their attention to both the theatre and the pipe organ.

dramadad
dramadad on August 7, 2002 at 12:01 pm

Warnor’s was purchased by the Caglia family in the 70’s, for approximately $170,000, to save it from destruction. Originally it was know as the Pantages Theatre and was build at a cost of $650,000.

Bill H
Bill H on July 14, 2002 at 9:03 pm

OPENED ON OCTOBER 28, 1928. ARCHITECT WAS B.MARCUS PRITECA. A GREAT EXAMPLE OF AN ITALIAN PALAZZO EXTERIOR WRAPPED AROUND A SPANISH BAROQUE THEATER. A GIANT STAR PATTERN DOMINATES THE AUDITORIUM CEILING.