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Sunday, March 04, 2007

It Wasn't Just About the Bands

We went last night to see Aaron Shust, Audio Adrenaline, and MercyMe. The concert was good. But it wasn't just about the band.

The concert was at Fresno's Warnor's Theater. The Warnor's was originally a Pantages. The Pantages Theatre opened in 1928 and was constructed by Alexander Pantages, one of the most prominent managers of vaudeville entertainment and a renowned theater magnate. An immigrant from Greece, Pantages came to the United States and later spent time in the Yukon. He brought the money earned working as a bartender and providing entertainment for the miners back to Seattle, where Pantages purchased his first theater. Before he retired, he owned sixteen large theaters outright and controlled forty more.

In 1929 the theater was purchased by Warner Brothers, and its name changed to "Warner's Theatre." Fresno thus became the second West Coast city to have a Warner Brother's motion picture theater. The theater was used primarily for motion pictures until 1973, when it was sold to the present owners. Since that time it has been used mainly for concerts. Its name was changed to "Warnors Theatre" in the 1960s

Take a look at this beauty!























The second amazing part of the concert came during Mercy Me. The little girl behind me - she was probably 9 or 10 years old - was sing along, worshiping God at the top of her lungs. There is nothing more beautiful than a child worshiping without inhibition.


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