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Sequoia Brewing files appeal in attempt to prevent Tower Theatre sale

After getting struck down in court earlier in the month, Sequoia Brewing Company filed an appeal to take another stab at halting the sale of the Tower Theatre to Adventure Church. 

On March 18, Fresno County Superior Court Judge Rosemary McGuire denied Sequoia Brewing’s request for an injunction. 

At the center of Sequoia Brewing’s argument was its insistence that Tower Theatre owner Laurance Abbate did not provide a fair sale price to the brewery before agreeing to a deal with Adventure Church. 

“[Sequoia Brewing] has not presented any evidence that the offered price was not a fair and reasonable price for the property,” McGuire ruled. “Furthermore, [Sequoia Brewing] has also failed to present any evidence that it is financially capable of purchasing the property if given the chance to do so.”

However, in the appeal, Sequoia Brewing argues that McGuire “erroneously interpreted” the lease agreement. 

The brewery filed the appeal with the 5th Appellate District Court on Sunday. 

Because the injunction was denied, escrow was set to close on Wednesday. But with the appeal, Adventure Church will be unable to close out the deal. 

“From what I was told by my lawyer – if the appellate courts rule in their favor, we’re months out,” Adventure Church Pastor Anthony Flores told The Sun last week. “And if it goes to a trial, we’re a year out. This could get lengthy.” 

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at