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      1400 Fulton Street
      Fresno, CA 93721

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      Neighborhood: Central Fresno
      The Warnors Theatre originally opened as the Pantages Theatre in 1928. It was constructed by Alexander Pantages, one of the most prominent managers of v... read more
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      The Warnors Theatre originally opened as the Pantages Theatre in 1928. It was constructed by Alexander Pantages, one of the most prominent managers of vaudeville entertainment and a renowned theater magnate. An immigrant from Greece, Pantages came to the United States and later spent time in the Yukon. He brought the money earned working as a bartender and providing entertainment for the miners back to Seattle, where Pantages purchased his first theater. Before he retired, he owned sixteen large theaters outright and controlled forty more. All of the houses owned or operated by Pantages were designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca. Pantages personally directed the entire chain, including acquisition, building construction and operation of amusements presented. He was familiar with every vaudeville act booked on the entire circuit.

      In 1929 the theater was purchased by Warner Brothers, and its name changed to "Warner's Theatre." Fresno thus became the second West Coast city to have a Warner Brother's motion picture theater. The theater was used primarily for motion pictures. Mr. Frank Caglia purchased the theater and renamed it to Warnors in 1973. Frank Caglia was a young 13 year old boy on the day that the Pantages first opened. He was at the front of the line and purchased the first ticket ever sold.

      The Warnors Theatre, located at Fulton and Tuolumne Streets in downtown Fresno, is an eclectic blend of Moorish, Spanish and Italian Renaissance Revival elements. The base of the store fronts along both sidewalk elevations contain terra cotta detailing. Terra cotta also is used for the fluted pilasters that support the two-story window arcade above the base portion. Above the window arcade is a facade of variegated colored brick from the spring line of the arches resting on the terra cotta pilasters. Above the brick rests a terra cotta entablature that includes a red tile roof. A sectional view through the entablature revels an approximate two-foot overhang supported by several ogee sections that terminate in a dentil course and bead molding. Each flanking elevation along the main streets radiates from the corner, the location of a partial octagonal rusticated tower. The original marquee was suspended at soffit height about two feet out from the corner tower. For emphasis, the tower incorporates rustication in terra cotta to simulate cut stonework with mitered masonry joints. Further rustication in the tower includes arch-shaped windows emphasized with a spandrel and side panels heavily enriched with Spanish geometric cartwheel motifs and organic ornament. The tower is terminated with a lantern and cupola, each roofed in the same red tile as above the walls of the main elevations.

      The two-story window arcade is set out in front of the main auditorium construction, which rises over thirty feet above the arcade and is set back to appear like a Spanish villa inside a courtyard. The villa type composition of the main auditorium involves corners articulated with terra cotta quoins, terra cotta pilasters, red terra cotta roof lines and arch type windows supported from balustrade balconies.

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