Say so long to all-ages events at Starline, one of the staples in Fresno’s live entertainment.
On Thursday, Starline was told by Fresno PD that, effective immediately, it could only act as a 21-and-up venue.
The good news: Starline management says it hopes it’s only a temporary change.
Starline’s ability to function as an all-ages venue was thrust into the spotlight after it was discovered that the driver of the SUV involved in deadly Greyhound bus accident a few weeks back had been at a dance party at Starline that night. Investigators determined that the under-age girl driving the SUV was drunk, but there’s no proof that she was drinking at Starline. Here on the site, we discussed the possible ramifications for Starline.
I’m told the rule change isn’t intended to be punishment related back to the accident. Instead, the issue revolves around Starline’s conditional use permit, which says only people 21-and-older are allowed inside the club once live entertainment starts.
Starline, however, has functioned as a an all-ages venue for years. The way the situation was explained to me, when the adjoining Starline Grill was opened in 2004, a new conditional use permit was issued as 21-and-up. It was supposed to be changed by the city, I’m told, but that never happened. Nonetheless, all-ages events went on for years.
Starline management says it hopes to resolve the issue soon. In the meantime, this may effect some upcoming events. Nothing has been moved or canceled yet, but a Monday show with Hyper Crush is one that would likely draw a heavy under-21 crowd. Starline has rock concerts scheduled tonight and Saturday.
One of its most popular events for the under-21 crowd is Integration, the gay-friendly dance party organized by Queer Fresno that happens every Wednesday. That’s the event the girls in the accident attended. Starline also offers a salsa night on Thursdays, a local rock night on Tuesdays, and another dance night on Sundays.
RELATED: I’ve also heard from a few sources that Fresno PD is cracking down on a number of other nightclubs/nightlife hangouts. So don’t be surprised if we hear more stories like this in the future.