Help Save the Plaza Theatre

We created the Palm Springs Plaza Theatre Foundation to work with the City of Palm Springs to launch a campaign to raise capital to fully restore one of its most iconic buildings – the historic Plaza Theatre in Downtown Palm Springs.

Originally built in 1936, the structure was used for film premieres and screenings and was the venue for nationally broadcast radio theatre programs and other performances by Bing Crosby, Amos ‘n’ Andy, Jack Benny, Bob Hope, and Frank Sinatra, among many others. In its later years, the theater was home to the critically acclaimed and revered “The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.” Over the decades, the building has deteriorated, so the City of Palm Springs has initiated a capital campaign to restore the beloved structure to its former glory.

Culture feeds the soul
of a community.

In 2018 the City engaged the international architectural firm Gensler and historic preservation consultants Chattel to develop a comprehensive restoration and rehabilitation plan. This plan called for installing 670 new seats, an expansion of the current lobby, significant infrastructure repairs, installation of new theatrical equipment, and structural restoration improvements to ensure the building meets current fire prevention and Americans With Disabilities Act mandates. This plan is estimated to cost approximately $10 – $12 million. The Foundation is currently interviewing architects, preservation consultants and historic theater specialists to move forward with renovation plans.

To view a presentation of the proposed restoration to the Plaza Theatre please click here.

Lily Tomlin

Lily asks for your help in saving the Palm Springs Plaza Theatre!