The second in charge of the historic Fox Theater in downtown Bakersfield is taking over day-to-day operations.The move comes after manager Bob Bender was released following one year of a three-year contract. Gilbert LaRoque is now working under Fox Foundation President Melanie Farmer, who says they have also returned to using ValliTix as the venue’s ticketing service. They have just put out to bid on a bistro for the H Street side of the building. Farmer would not discuss why Bender’s contract was not renewed, but says she doesn’t expect the change to slow things down at all for the theater.

Sean Michael Lisle