Fox Theatre entertains 50,000 people in 2018

Beach Boys, Dwight Yoakam, LeAnn Rimes were highlights from Visalia Fox Theatre year

@TheSunGazette

VISALIA – The Visalia Fox Theatre reopened yesterday, Jan. 2 after a 10-day closure so that staff could spend time with their families. Before taking a holiday break, the Fox reflected on a successful 2018.

The theater welcomed in more than 50,000 people through its doors with over 75 public events. Patrons enjoyed top-notch performances from the likes of The Beach Boys, Dwight Yoakam, Pablo Francisco, LeAnn Rimes, Tulare County’s very own Sequoia Symphony Orchestra, and many more. Additionally, 2018 marked the third season of the Way Back Wednesday and Throwback Thursday classic film series that provides incredibly affordable entertainment for local families and visitors.

While maintenance and restoration efforts to the clock tower and Mighty Wurlitzer organ continued this year, the Fox also completed a handful of updates to its rigging system, and much-needed renovations to backstage areas.
“In order to attract professional, world-class acts to our venue and community, such improvements are vital,” stated the theater in its year-end review.

Over 150 local students performed during our second annual Spotlight Visalia community showcase-the proceeds of which supported the Visalia Unified School District’s Performing Arts Departments. Through additional partnerships with Tulare County Office of Education, VUSD’s Linked Learning Academies, CSET’s Youth Development Department, and others, we led students of all ages on historical building tours, provided special programming and educational opportunities with artists, and strengthened our internship program.

Leveraging its unique position within the non-profit community, the Fox donated over $3,500 worth of event tickets to support the fundraising efforts of nearly three dozen other local charities.

“As a non-profit organization, our ability to impact the community in such positive ways is entirely dependent on the generosity and commitment of sponsors, donors, volunteers, patrons, and friends,” the Fox said in its statement. “You play a critical role in our future, and your investment in the Fox enables us to support and grow these important initiatives in the coming year and beyond.”

If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the Visalia Fox Theater, visit VisaliaFox.org. The recently revamped website not only features a new look but also makes purchasing tickets, making donations, learning about the theater’s history and becoming a volunteer easier.

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