What to Expect

Saroyan Theatre

The beautiful Saroyan Theatre is the showcase of the Fresno Convention Center. With 2,353 luxuriously upholstered seats and superb acoustics, this performing arts theatre provides an ideal environment for Broadway shows, plays, ballets, concerts, convention meetings … and the SJV Town Hall lecture series!
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All daytime lectures are held at William Saroyan Theatre located at

700 M Street

Fresno, CA 93721


All of our regular, daytime, lectures are open-seating. Reserved seating is not an option for these daytime events so please arrive early if you have a preferred seat. A seat map of the theater is available.

Students with free admission (excepting Town Hall Scholars) are to sit in the Upper Balcony only.

Our special evening event is reserved seating only.


Please see the parking map for various parking lot options in the area

Assisted Listening Devices

Complimentary, new and improved assisted listening devices are now available for the Town Hall audience! They will be set up right outside the box-office inside the theater.  Please see the Saroyan website for more information.

Lecture Length

All morning lectures begin at 10:30am. The lecture itself lasts approximately 1 hour and is generally followed immediately by a fifteen minute question and answer period.


  • Please select your tickets carefully because tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable. If you are unable to use a ticket that you have purchased we recommend giving the ticket to a friend.
  • All tickets purchased by September 15th will be mailed for receipt during the first week of October.
  • Tickets purchased after September 15th will be held at Will Call at the Saroyan Box office on the day of the event.

Bag Policy

Please review Saroyan Theater’s Bag policy. The convention center can be contacted at (559) 445-8100 for special accommodations or questions.

Evening Event Tickets

Evening Tickets (with the exception of tickets included in a sponsorship package) are only being sold through Ticketmaster. You can purchase your reserved seats through the Ticketmaster link on our website (fees apply). No additional fees will be charged if tickets are purchased in person at the Fresno Convention Center Box Office at 700 “M” Street. This box office is open Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm.

Guest Tickets

  • Please note, guest tickets are subject to seat availability.
  • If we approach theater capacity for any given lecture, guest passes will be honored on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Lost guest tickets will not be replaced.

Lunch With the Speakers

Enrich your Town Hall experience by purchasing post-lecture luncheons. Our speakers make remarks in a more intimate setting and answer additional questions. You can meet Town Hall friends and often get a chance to meet the speaker.


Special Event

Please join us for our annual special evening event, featuring Dennis Miller: America, How Can We All Play Nice Again? Tuesday, November 5, 2019. William Saroyan Theater. Lecture at 7:30pm. VIP reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Evening event ticket orders can not be processed by mail. Please purchase your reserved seats through the Ticketmaster link on our website (Ticketmaster fees apply). No additional fees will be charged if purchased in person at the Fresno Convention Center Box Office: 700 ”M“ Street, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Featured Lecture Sponsors

Generous Anonymous Patron

The Frances F. Ermoian Memorial Lecture

Ralph Ermoian Foundation &
Harry M. Ermoian Foundation

Annette & Bob Smittcamp

Educational Employees Credit Union

Sharon Hanley Lecture

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant

Bernice and Jack Woolf Lecture

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The Events

Be sure to come out to hear our nationally and internationally renowned, thought-provoking speakers who inform, educate, and entertain our audience! All daytime lectures are held at the beautiful William Saroyan Theatre located in the Fresno Convention Center.


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Season Tickets

Admission to all six daytime lectures of the 2019-2020 season, plus one single-lecture guest ticket good for any one daytime lecture.

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