Rev. Raygan Baker of the Big Red Church was one of the featured speakers at the prayer vigil. Photo by Peter Maiden

Prayer Vigil at the Tower Theatre

By Community Alliance Staff

Community and religious leaders came together on March 11 to pray for the preservation of the Tower District amid the fight over the sale of the historic Tower Theatre.

Dozens of people gathered at the corner of Wishon and Olive avenues in Fresno for the prayer vigil.

About 20 Valley religious leaders and the Save the Tower Theatre demonstration committee signed a statement asking for the district’s preservation. They said it’s a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community, and many neighbors expressed their will to keep it that way. They believe the sale of the iconic theater to a conservative church will affect their lifestyle.

Protesters spell out the word “C-O-M-M-U-N-I-T-Y” at a prayer vigil across the street from the Tower Theatre on March 11. Speakers supported the Tower District as an LGBTQ-friendly neighborhood and criticized the conservative church that is trying to purchase the theater. Photo by Peter Maiden

Sequoia Brewing Company, located next to the theater, accused Tower Theatre Properties of fraudulent concealment for not notifying it of the potential sale to the Adventure Church, claiming that to be a violation of its right of first refusal to buy the venue.

The neighborhood in which the theater is located, the Tower District, is known as the artsy neighborhood of Fresno and as LGBTQ+-friendly.

  • The Community Alliance is a monthly newspaper that has been published in Fresno, California, since 1996. The purpose of the newspaper is to help build a progressive movement for social and economic justice.

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