The owners of the Fox Theatre in Paso Robles no longer want to turn the vintage movie house into a whiskey-making facility. Now they want to make it a concert venue.
Monica and Alex Villicana of Re:Find Distillery, who bought the vacant Spring Street theater in 2016, are in talks with Good Medicine Presents to revamp the building into a space for music shows.
The Villicanas originally planned to turn the Fox — which was built in 1922 and has remained empty since the 1980s — into a tasting room and production site. But downtown Paso Robles fire codes require that barrels of whiskey must be stored behind a thick wall, which would cost significantly more and change the Villicanas’ design plans.
“By chopping up the space into smaller bits, it wasn’t going to work as we originally had planned,” said Alex Villicana.
Enter Todd and Korie Newman of Good Medicine Presents, a San Luis Obispo production company looking for a new space to hold concerts. Villicana said he and Todd Newman had been in talks since early this year and are close to hammering out a deal.
The new arrangement would turn the Fox into a concert venue and small brewery, which would be easier to bring into compliance with downtown fire codes, Villicana said. Plans will likely be finalized during the next month or month and a half, he said.
“It’s going to be more music/show space than anything else,” Villicana said.