Save Tower Fresno
(July 22, 2022) AND IT IS COMPLETED! The City closed escrow on the Tower Theatre today according to a press release by Council members Arias and Soria. View the press release here. Our deepest gratitude goes out to everyone in the Tower District community, near and far, who supported the #SaveTower movement with your presence at demonstrations, donations, letter-writing, signatures, and advocacy at city council meetings and to people all over the city. We are a community of our own choosing and who live life by our own lights. Together we burn bright!
The city ownership of the theatre will create zoning carveouts for a wide variety of assembly (including commercial assembly, religious assembly, and public assembly) at the Tower Theatre, accessible to the ENTIRE community equally, with no one group operating in perpetuity, WHILE preserving the rest of the zoning and liquor licensure of the neighboring businesses.
Next steps: The City will need to work out how to best to manage the theatre as a positive investment for the City of Fresno. We will be advocating for community involvement and oversight of the running of the theatre for the benefit of the entire community - including arts non-profits.
(May 2, 2022) Mayor Dyer announced that he does not have the power to veto the City Council's purchase of the Tower Theatre. The City's deal will now likely go through. Escrow on the deal is set to be 45 days.
(Apr. 21, 2022) City council voted 4-3 to complete the purchase agreement for Tower Theatre. The deal includes purchasing the theatre for about $6.4 million, an interim management agreement with Tower Theatre Productions for one year ($100,000), and indemnification from lawsuit for the theatre owner and Sequoia Brewing Company. Sequoia's parcel will be separated from the block and sold to the Brewing Company. Adventure Church has said they will pursue legal action, but as of yet a suit has not been filed.
We're fighting to save the Tower Theatre and the Tower District
Why we've been fighting:
We greatly appreciate the support of Towerites near and far. Donations go toward insurance for our demonstrations, and for public awareness campaigns around this issue on a long-term basis.
Please note: Donations are managed by the Fool's Collaborative, a 501 (c) 3 which acts as our fiduciary sponsor.