The Museum

Do your treasures belong in our museum?

The Palm Springs Plaza Theatre Foundation is including a museum component in its renovation plan for the iconic building. The museum will display items that honor and celebrate the theatre’s rich history and impact on the city as well documenting early Palm Springs. Noted historian Steven Keylon is the chair of the committee that will curate what the museum will showcase and coordinating the acquisition of items that may be on display. Also on the committee are Plaza Theatre renovation architect Katie Horak and former Palm Springs Mayor Will Kleindienst. The museum will be incorporated into an existing corridor that runs along the southern length of the auditorium. The museum will be open to the public.

In the museum there will be a combination of printed material, video screens, and cases containing ephemera and artifacts relating to the theatre’s past. The cases will be designed by Architectural Resources Group.

Many exciting and culturally important events and shows have taken place on the Plaza Theatre’s venerated stage, and the new museum will showcase the programs, photos, costumes, and other physical items that represent the theatre’s incredible history. When completed, the museum will feature stunning and fascinating exhibits that commemorate the many famous people that have graced its stage.

If you have something that may be appropriate for inclusion in a future exhibit and would be willing to add to the growing Plaza Theatre collection, please contact us. To potentially donate items please contact Steven Keylon at 213-364-3577 or

Palm Springs Plaza Theatre Museum Committee

Steven Keylon – chair, architectural historian and VP, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation
Judith Blanchard – Palm Springs Plaza Theatre Foundation board liaison
Katie Horak – Architectural Resources Group, Inc.
Will Kleindienst – former Mayor of Palm Springs
Nickie McLaughlin – PS Modern Committee Executive Director
Joni Naber – former Follies dancer
Tim Steinhhaus – former city council member
Steve Vaught – architectural historian
John Allen Strozier III – great-grandson of Palm Springs Pioneer Zaddie Bunker