Fulton Theatre

1139 Fulton Mall,
Fresno, CA 93721

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Previous Names: Bijou Theatre, Majestic Theatre

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Opened as the Bijou Theatre. Around 1930 it was equipped for sound and was renamed Majestic Theatre. Closed for a while during the Depression. It was reopened in 1932 as the Fulton Theatre. The Fulton Theatre is one many small independent theatres that once entertained the movie going public in Fresno. The 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook lists the address as 1139 Fulton Street.

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tomdelay on August 18, 2005 at 3:44 am

This is probably the theatre that still had part of the stage and auditorium above a false ceiling in what had been a Perry Boy’s Smorgie 30ish years ago.

kencmcintyre on December 8, 2006 at 12:00 am

On 3/8/36, the feature at the Fulton was “Star of Midnight”, with William Powell and Ginger Rogers. Admission was 20 cents. Other theaters advertised were the State, Kinema, Warner Brothers, Fox Wilson and Hardy’s. The Wilson was showing a film starring the recently born Dionne Quintuplets called “The Country Doctor”. A theater on F Street called the Rex, apparently a live performance venue, was featuring “Zorima, Queen of the Nudists”, along with fifty more “Real Lovely Nudists in Person”. I’m not sure if they meant they were real lovely or real as in not artificial.

AsaHanson on December 27, 2006 at 2:52 am

I am very interested in any information concerning Zorima. I am at present doing some research about her history and trying to document her life. Would you have any more information about her? Or if anyone else that reads this knows anything about her, please E-Mail me
Thank you
Asa Hanson

RogerC on August 16, 2020 at 12:09 am

1132 Fulton St was the address of the Strand Theater. Previous incarnation of the Fulton?

RogerC on August 22, 2020 at 8:17 pm

Clarification of my previous comment. The Strand Theater was across the street. The Fulton, according to a 1974 item in The Fresno Bee was originally a silent movie house called The Bijou. Converted to sound to become The Majestic. Went out of business shortly and was closed for two years in the Depression. Reopened as The Fulton in 1932 with new neon marquee and remained open until,1952.

rivest266 on January 29, 2021 at 5:34 pm

This was first mentioned as the Bijou in the Morning Republican of June 25th, 1909 and ads stopped in 1929. It reopened as Majestic on August 30th, 1930, and closed or stopped placing its tiny ads in 1931. Reopened on November 8th, 1935 as the Fulton theatre opening with “Harmony Lane”.

Grand opening ad from 1935 posted.

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