The Warnors Center for the Performing Arts — which includes the historic Warnors Theatre and the accompanying venues and commercial spaces on Fulton street — is a beacon for a revitalized Cultural Arts District in downtown.
The nonprofit foundation that oversees the complex wants to keep it that way.
“Improvements to, and restoration of, the venues are desperately needed to keep up with increased growth and development downtown,” says Sally Caglia, who sits on the board of directors for the nonprofit.
Her family once owned the theater.
“It is imperative the Warnors Board does its due diligence to make that happen, and for Warnors to remain an active historic centerpiece for downtown,” she says.
Earlier this month, the board brought in a new manager for the complex to help create strategic, fiscal scrutiny of its operations, Caglia says.
The casual observer probably hasn’t noticed. Any changes so far seem to be behind-the-scenes.
“At the moment nothing has really changed, ” says Gene Day, who now serves as the Warnors Complex Manager. “We have all the same kinds of events that have been there for the last couple of years,” he says.
That includes the monthly classic film series.
“The Seven Year Itch” screens tonight (the theater will show “Night of the Living Dead” in October, FYI). A Robin Williams tribute is scheduled from next weekend with a screening of the film “Hook.”
But the complex seems to be moving away from hosting live music on a regular basis. While there are several shows on the calendar (including the Growlers Oct. 7 date at Frank’s Place and DJ Vadim on Oct 22), several others have been cancelled or changed venues, including Who’s Bad, the Michael Jackson tribute that was to play the theater on Saturday, according to Pete Salazar with Diehardz Music, which was promoting the show. A Nov. 8 show with the Rage Against the Machine tribute band Revolver, was moved to Ozzy’s Sports Grill.