Warnors Theatre

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Pantages, Alexander, Theater
2009-0725-CA-Fresno-WarnorsTheatre.jpg
Location 1400 Fulton Street
Fresno, California
Coordinates 36°44′17″N 119°47′40″W / 36.73806°N 119.79444°W / 36.73806; -119.79444Coordinates: 36°44′17″N 119°47′40″W / 36.73806°N 119.79444°W / 36.73806; -119.79444
Built 1928
Architect B. Marcus Priteca
Architectural style Spanish Colonial Revival
Governing body Board of Directors/ Non-profit
NRHP Reference # 78000663 [1]
Added to NRHP February 23, 1978

Warnors Theatre is an historic theater in downtown Fresno, California. The two thousand seat venue opened in 1928 as the Pantages Theater, after the name of its then owner, Alexander Pantages, and later, the Warner Theater in 1929 after it was purchased by Warner Brothers. The name was changed again in the 1960s to "Warnors" to avoid trademark issues.

The theater was designed by B. Marcus Priteca, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Organ[edit]

The theater features a unit orchestra (a pipe organ which includes numerous features and instruments, meant to be able to replicate sounds of a full orchestra with only one organist), which was manufactured by the Robert Morton Organ Company of Van Nuys, California and installed in 1928. The organ was to be used to accompany silent films. Aroud the same time the organ was to be installed, movies were beginning to include sound. The theater tried to cancel the order but the organ was installed anyway. The organ has 14 ranks built with 1,035 pipes and a four-manual console with 720 keys, pedals and combination pistons. The organ was used primarily for motion pictures until 1973. Because of the cost of paying orchestra members, most accompanying orchestras were replaced with unit orchestras.[3]

The Berlin Philharmonic gave a concert in the theater on November 15, 1956, under its new music director Herbert von Karajan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "California - Fresno County: Pantages, Alexander, Theater". National Register of Historical Places. 8 April 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Rose Caglia. "Pantages Theatre (Fresno, California)". Historic Fresno. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 

External links[edit]

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