DescriptionThis downtown landmark tells a lot about Visalians and their commitment to beauty and history.
Fox built hundreds of theaters across the nation to promote their films. Six of them were in California, and the Visalia theatre opened in 1930 in the early days of “talking pictures.” As the film industry evolved, the trend changed to smaller viewing units and multi-plex cinemas. In 1976, the Visalia Fox was divided into three theaters but closed completely 20 years later.
Friends of the Fox, a non-profit grass roots organization, immediately set to work to “save the Fox.” It was reopened three years later, wearing the designation of The League of Historic American Theatres and restored to its original grand design. Home to the Tulare County Symphony, the Fox is available to rent for concerts, plays, recitals, weddings, meetings and receptions.