As restoration begins, old seats must go

PALM SPRINGS, CA – February 14, 2024: The Palm Springs Plaza Theatre Foundation announced that on Sunday, February 25 between the hours of 9AM and 3PM the theatre’s existing seats will be made available for free to the public.

The Foundation has coordinated a program by which other theatre groups and non-profits will be making use of many of these ‘retired’ seats. The remaining seats will be offered to the public for free.

The Theatre’s restoration plans call for a slight reduction in the total number of seats, and the new layout will accommodate slightly larger seats with more legroom in addition to expanded ADA compatible seating areas. It’s important to note that because of the nature of these seats, and especially because of their currently being mounted on a sloped floor, these seats will need some kind of support structure/platform in order to be usable.

Anyone interested in taking a seat should come to the Plaza Theatre at 128 S. Palm Canyon Drive on Sunday, February 25 between 9AM and 3PM. A signed release to remove chairs from the theatre will be required, and people should provide their own dolly or handcart to complete the process. No tools are required, as the seats will have been unbolted, but the Foundation’s volunteers cannot assist with carrying seats out of the theatre.

This event will be the last chance for the public to see the Theatre before the restoration is completed sometime in 2025.

There are many ways in which the public may play a significant role in the Plaza Theatre restoration, including becoming a Founder, securing a Naming Opportunity for seats or other areas of the building, or making a general donation. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about the seats please call Foundation board member Judith Blanchard at ‭(202) 422-4923‬ or to make a donation please visit‬‬‬

About the Plaza Theatre
Originally built in 1936, the building was used for film premieres and screenings, nationally broadcast radio theatre programs, and other performances. In its later years, the theater was home to the long-running “The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.” Over the decades, the building has deteriorated, so a capital campaign was initiated by the Palm Springs Plaza Theatre Foundation to restore the beloved structure to its former glory.

The comprehensive restoration and rehabilitation plan will provide essential infrastructure repairs, installation of new theatrical equipment, and structural improvements to ensure that the building meets today’s fire prevention and American Disabilities Act mandates.