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How Much Will it Cost to Rent Tower Theatre?



How much will the city charge to rent the Tower Theatre? (GV Wire/Albert Baker)
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Now that it owns Tower Theatre, the city of Fresno is setting rates to rent the building.

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The costs, depending on how long and what daypart, run from $800 to $1,600 for non-commercial use. Nonprofits will receive a deeper discount. The “basic rate” has not been established yet.

The rates will be presented to the city council on Thursday. The non-commercial and nonprofit rates are similar to other city properties including Saroyan Theatre, Selland Arena, the convention center. The city charges $250 per day to rent the Memorial Auditorium.

The city closed escrow on the controversial purchase on July 22. The theater is undergoing an evaluation on what repairs need to be made. Some shows already booked will continue while the inspection takes place.

Adventure Church, which rented the theater for its services on a week-to-week basis, has left. The church attempted to purchase the theater but was thwarted in court.

The proposed rates to use Tower Theatre. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

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  • Jewel Hurtado not running in Kingsburg.
  • Who is running for Clovis City Council?

Jewel Hurtado is One and Done

Kingsburg councilwoman Jewel Hurtado is not running for re-election.

Jewel Hurtado made waves when she won election to the Kingsburg city council four years ago as a 20-year-old. Her time in chambers will be one term.

The filing deadline expired Friday afternoon. According to the Fresno County election office, Hurtado did not file for re-election.

Hurtado survived an attempted recall attempt last year, combatting anger over her liberal values. She supported placing a rainbow flag at City Hall for Pride Week, but her idea was not supported by her council colleagues.

She also has a pending 2021 DUI case, still in the Fresno County Superior Court system. She returns to court on Oct. 25 for a pre-trial hearing.

Three candidates had qualified through Tuesday — Nathan Williams, Lee Darling, and David Silva.

Hurtado did not respond to a request for comment by GV Wire.

A Crowded Clovis Ballot to Come

Because incumbents are not running, the deadline to file for Clovis City Council was extended. Already, the ballot is crowded.

Voters will select three candidates. Through Tuesday, 13 had pulled papers to run and nine had qualified. Drew Bessinger is the only incumbent running — for a third term.

Three candidates have posted financial figures. Former police chief Matt Basgall reported $15,400 mostly from law enforcement groups.

Diane Pearce, leader of the Fresno Republican Women group, raised $15,000 from two sources — Fresno Councilman Garry Bredefeld, and developer Richard Spencer.

Insurance agent Josh Phanco picked up a $4,900 check from WCP Developers, LLC.

Others who have qualified include:

  • Martin Salas, Fresno Police officer
  • Kyle Chaney, realtor
  • Joseph Hebert, business manager
  • Mark Kazanjian, business owner
  • Guy Redner, caretaker

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email