AKA: Hanford Fox Theater, Hanford, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - performing arts centers; built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Balch and Stanbery, Architect and Engineer (firm); Clifford A. Balch (architect); Floyd Edgar Stanbery (structural engineer)

Dates: constructed 1929

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326 North Irwin Street
Hanford, CA 93230

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The atmospheric Fox Hanford Theatre--its interior suggesting a Spanish countryside location--opened in 12/1929. As the theatre's own web page noted: "The locale is a Spanish courtyard, complete with twinkling stars and crescent moon in a dark night sky. There are tile covered buildings with lighted windows, balconies and turrets, silhouetted and backlighted [sic] by the glow of a village beyond. In the shadows rise mountains covered with cypress and palm trees. Greco-Roman columns support the proscenium. Further back are Mediterranian [sic] and Spanish renaissance influences, but the over all decor is Mission Revival. Very eclectic, yet appropriate. Each theatre was required to have a fire-proof screen to separate backstage from the audience. The architects designed them to be painted with a large mural incorporating the theme of the auditorium. The Hanford Theatre's screen depicts a Spanish village with church bell tower, cypress trees, and terra cotta roofed buildings. It is a magnificent oil painting filling the entire stage opening." (See Hanford Fox Theatre, "History,"Accessed 02/03/2012.)

Tel: 559.584.7423 (2012).

A film buff and historic preservation advocate, J. Daniel Humason bought the Fox Hanford in 1979, restoring it for use as a performing arts center by 1982. Humason reduced the number of seats in the balcony (from 350 to 142) and refashioned it as a cafe known as the "Cabaret."

PCAD id: 17542