Stories Wanted for 'Memorable Fox Moments'


Last updated 4/22/2015 at 5:45pm

Co-Executive Directors Erin Olm-Shipman and Matthew Spindler are on a quest for the story that best represents the theme for the Visalia Fox Theatre’s 85th anniversary celebration and fundraiser on Friday, May 8.

“We’re particularly interested in life-changing experiences that happened at the Fox,” Erin explains. “The selected Memorable Fox Moment will be filmed in April and played on the big screen prior to the main feature on May 8th. History should be told through the eyes of those who lived it, and this is a way for us to recognize members of the community that have faithfully supported us through the years.”

Movies inspire us – lead us to new ventures and chapters in our lives. Many can trace life’s path to the theatre, where a movie spoke to them, moved them, changed them. Do you have a story from the Visalia Fox Theatre that changed your life? An indelible experience forever etched in your mind and heart? A moment so powerful you remember the movie, the people you were with, the smell of the popcorn – every detail as if it happened only yesterday? Was it an inspiring movie that changed your career path? Was it a first date that led to marriage? Maybe a wedding proposal? Did a newsreel influence you to enlist in the army, or perhaps join the Peace Corps?

The Visalia Fox Theatre, in association with Revolier Films, will film and produce the best story, which will be showcased at the 85th anniversary event.

“We hope to have the opportunity to film many more stories throughout the year to screen prior to Fox events, and feature permanently on our website,” Matthew said.

“It’s a great idea, and Brian Keith and I are honored to have a hand in producing these nostalgic moments,” said Scott Seargeant, executive director of Revolier Films.

If you have a Memorable Fox Moment, contact Erin Olm-Shipman at or Matthew Spindler at, or call (559) 625-1369. If you are interested in sponsoring a Memorable Fox Moment, the cost is $300 and will include recognition in the opening and closing credits. Discounts are available for two or more Memorable Fox Moments sponsorships.

The Visalia Fox Theatre’s 85th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser will take place at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) on Friday, May 8. The evening will include a screening of “The Lone Star Ranger” – the first film shown when the theatre opened its doors in 1930. The event will also feature a live organ performance, treats from the A&W Root Beer Mobile, a silent auction and more. Admission prices are the same as they were on opening day – 10¢ for children, 50¢ for adults, and 65¢ for loge seating. Event sponsorships are available at levels starting at $250, and include admission to a catered pre-show reception and champagne toast.


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