National Register of Historic Places in Fresno County

National Register #78000663: Pantages Theater in Fresno, California 25 June 2006
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National Register #78000663
Pantages Theater
AKA Warnors Theatre
1400 Fulton Street
Built 1928

Warnors Theatre, designed by theatre architect, Marcus Pritieca, is an eclectic blend of Spanish Colonial Revival and Italian Renaissance Revival elements.

Warnors is a surviving example of the Vaudeville Era, a span of twenty years that touched the lives of people from the metropolitan cities to the smallest of farm towns. The architecture, the management and the performers connected with these theatre palaces all contributed to the social and historical evolution of entertainment in the United States.

Alexander Pantages, one of the more prominent managers of vaudeville, was the theatre magnate who constructed the Warnors. Before he retired, he owned sixteen large theatres and controlled forty more. All of the houses owned or operated by Pantages were designed by architect, Benjamin Marcus Priteca, who designed sixty major theatres and one hundred and sixty minor theatre

Pantages and Priteca came to Fresno when it was still essentially a desert and invested money into one of the finest of the theatres they built. Their plans were for the theatre to be equal to any other in the state. The Fresno house, an eclectic blend of Spanish Colonial Revival and Italian Renaissance Revival elements, was #42 in the chain. The Hollywood Pantages was the last.

With the exception of a new marque, the Warnors Theatre retains its original appearance to a remarkable degree.

Adapted from the NRHP Nomination dated 18 November 1977.

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