HANFORD — After a piece of plaster from the ceiling fell on the stage over the weekend, Fox Theatre owner Dan Humason is cancelling events scheduled at the historic theater for the remainder of the year.
Cancelled events on the schedule include a Thursday showing of the holiday comedy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation," a San Joaquin Valley College graduation ceremony on Saturday and the Kings Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday concert on Sunday. The Kings Symphony Orchestra has changed its venue to Hanford High School's Presentation Center for 4 p.m. Sunday.
Humason said he's taking the step out of an abundance of caution. He said workers will take off the plaster over the stage and evaluate the material underneath to make sure it's sound.
"Everything that's above the stage, we're going to take apart," he said. "I need to be able to do a show and not worry about plaster falling on anybody. If there's any unknowns, we just want to eliminate the unknowns."
The plaster piece fell onto the stage Saturday before Brothers Osborne were set to perform.
Humason said that the plaster section over the stage wasn't part of a major restoration that closed the theater for more than a year and a half after a section of the concrete ceiling collapsed overnight in March 2014.
The theater reopened earlier this year after ceiling restoration work was completed.
Humason said the restoration work created vibrations that may have affected the plaster section over the stage.