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Chinese Center for Knowledge

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The old Chinese school at 514 E. Visalia St. in Hanford was built in 1922 for $3,500. Children from the town's Chinese district were sent to the school to learn Chinese history, language and culture. Known as the Chinese Center for Knowledge, it closed in the late 1940s.  In 1964, Audrey Leibold and other community members worked to transition this historical building into a venue for Kings Players community theater.

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Our Community Theater Founder

Audrey Leibold

In the early 1960’s Audrey Leibold and her family moved to Hanford. They liked the schools, people and area in general, but Audrey soon realized the need for a community theater. She quickly set forth to fix the problem by running ads in the local papers.  She found others who shared her dream, and in 1963 the Kings Players community theater was born. At first they performed in the auditorium at Hanford High School. Audrey knew they needed to find a permanent home. In early 1964, she found the Chinese Center for knowledge, a historical Chinese school that had been closed since the late 40’s. The rest is history - The Kings Players community theater had found a home.

Our 2018-2019 Executive Board of Directors

Mike Spicer, President

Louella Moreland, Vice President

Cynthia Maxwell, Treasurer

Kim Spicer, Secretary

House Manager:

John Rabe