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webmaster | 07/19/13

After a story and photos appeared in the Tribune on Saturday about the history and demolition of the Madera Theater, waitress Kara Alvarez, the daughter of theater owner Ben “Benny” Walker, has continued to hear from many Maderans sharing their own memories of the movie house once known as the “Pride of the Valley.”

Two Maderans went an extra step and contacted the Tribune about memorabilia they have had in their possession since the theater was demolished Feb.24, 1997.

A few days before that fateful day, Dan Fimbrez, a retired 33-year veteran of the Madera Fire Department and later Cal Fire, retrieved a wooden sign with gold lettering from the theater and kept it in his locker until he retired in 1998, then at his home.

“Before it was boarded up, a lot of people, including city leaders, were going in there and taking things,” said Fimbrez...


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