History of the Paul Paul Theater

The Paul Paul Theater has a long history at The Big Fresno Fair as the main stage for headlining entertainment. Dating back to 1938, more than $12,000 was spent on improvements to the Fairgrounds in preparation for that year’s Fair, including the construction of a new bandstand, the Apollotorium, which provided the foundation for today’s Paul Paul Theater. When the Apollotorium was completed, it housed a movable stage that could be brought onto the horse track in between races to provide entertainment to the crowds, as well as provided a setting for concerts, radio programs, speeches and vaudeville acts at the Fair.

After years of service with The Big Fresno Fair, the stage was named after long-time Board Member, Paul Paul,in 1979 after a tragic car accident took his life. Paul Paul came to Fresno in August of 1904 at the age of nine along with thousands of other families who were fleeing Turkey during the Armenian genocide. Since school officials at Kirk Elementary School could not properly announce his Armenian name, they registered him as Paul Paul – and the name stuck.

The Paul Paul Theater has since seen dozens of famous faces, including artists from various genres of music who have entertained thousands over the years. Audiences have been able to enjoy the sounds of artists such as The Beach Boys, Loretta Lynn, Donny and Marie Osmund, and The Jets on the Paul Paul Theater stage.

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