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We need some of this back in Fresno also. Whats bad is that with the big chains going in around the mid to late 80’s, it spelled death for the Tower Theater. It’s so sad because every theater here in town shows pretty much the same films, and at one time at least one theater did stand out and go against the norm.
I thought that the theater had been torn down, or at least part of it, because the building that is there now is part of the car lot.
The Fresno Bee Sunday did a nice piece about the Crest being reopened and showing Ballywood films for right now on the weekends. They talked about that there are many plans to try to draw people downtown to see films at the theater.
I wish there was some more intformation on the history of the theater besides when it opened and when they did the restoration. I know that somewhere around the mid to late 70’s the theater stopped showing first run films and started showing indie/second run/ and re-releases. They also ran midnight movies along with the old radio station KKDJ for a couple of years before Rocky Horror took over after it’s run ended over at the Northgate Theater. My Grandmother was the bank manager for First Interstate Bank which was a little down the street it’s now a Blockbuster video and she doesn’t have any photos that she knows of the theater from around this time. I know that Jeff over at the Movies video store has a flyer up on this wall from the theater that must have been mailed out or came with the Fresno Bee promoting what was going to be showing at the theater for the week.