The Warnors Center for the Performing Arts houses the Historical Landmark Warnors Theater, retail stores, a banquet room know as Star Palace and a restaurant/bar called Frank’s Place, named after Frank Caglia who saved the building from demolition.
The Theater and accompanying buildings were built in the 1920’s
by the Alexander Pantages.
From there it was owned by:
1929 – Warner Brothers
1960’s – Cinerama
1970’s – the City of Fresno
1973 – Frank Caglia
In 2007 – It was donated by the Caglia family and became a registered nonprofit know today as the Warnors Center for the Performing Arts.
As mentioned, in the 70’s, the building was destined to be demolished. But that direction was changed because as a kid growing up in Fresno, Frank Caglia’s great memories of the theater moved him not to let that happen.
Even more than the building itself, Caglia was impressed by the historic pipe organ housed therein. He was known to say he bought the organ and the building just happened to surround it. When Mr. Caglia purchased the theatre and renamed it to Warnors. That was because of the copyright held by Warner Brothers.
Today, the entire facility is all undergoing restoration, repairs and much needed maintenance, and will require detailed renovation to be conducted in the upcoming years. Because of our past and current Board of Directors, we are in good standing as a 501c3 non-profit organization that has relied on fundraisers, donations, grants, volunteers and advisory groups, to help preserve and oversee the repairs to this historical Fresno jewel.
Whether you are looking to revitalize the downtown Fresno area, preserve a local historical landmark, or enjoy a show, concert, or other events, let us add your name on our growing list of supporters. We believe we have an irreplaceable gem and we would appreciate any consideration or support you are able to provide. Be a part of history and get involved, so we can, again, welcome all, to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience offered by the Warnors Center for the Performing Arts non-profit organization.