Built in 1936, the Plaza Theatre was constructed as part of the Plaza Shopping Center. At first a movie venue, the theatre later became the longtime home of the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, a vaudeville-like show that ran for 23 seasons before closing in 2014. Throughout its existence, the Plaza Theatre has served as the center of the city’s cultural life.
In a July 22,2020 email from Palm Springs city manager David Ready, PSPF was assured that, “We [the city] do plan on continuing the [Plaza Theatre] restoration project, and fundraising.”
On July 13, 2020, PSPF sent a letter to Palm Springs city manager David Ready asking that the city officially, “confirm, in writing, that fundraising efforts continue with the goal of the Plaza Theatre’s restoration, especially in view of the city’s current financial hardships.” To read the PSPF letter click here.
On June 6, 2019, in a ceremony in front of the downtown Plaza Theatre, PSPF president Gary Johns presented a check for $50,000 to the city of Palm Springs to “kick off” the city’s fundraising efforts to restore the theater. To read the PSPF letter to the Palm Springs city manager that accompanied the grant check click here.
On May 6, 2019 the PSPF board of directors voted to grant $50,000 to the city of Palm Springs towards the restoration of Palm Springs’ historic Plaza Theatre.
The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board of directors views the restoration of the Plaza Theatre as vitally important to the Palm Springs community as well as an opportunity to make a statement about the importance of historic preservation to the future of the city.
To view the Gensler firm’s presentation of the proposed restorations to the Plaza Theatre (prepared for the city of Palm Springs) click here.
IN THE MEDIA
October 2019, Palm Springs Life (“Awaiting An Encore”)
Fall 2019, Poolside Palm Springs (“Help Save The Plaza Theatre”)
June 6, 2019, KESQ News Channel 3 (“Plaza Theatre renovation committee announces new partnership amid fundraising efforts”)
June 6, 2019, Desert Sun (“Palm Springs Plaza Theatre restoration
effort kicks off with $50,000 donation”)
June 4, 2019, KESQ News Channel 3 (“Palm Springs to discuss future
of Plaza Theatre with $12M price tag”)
June 4, 2019, City of Palm Springs News Release (“Palm Springs Preservation Foundation Kicks Off Historic Plaza Theatre Restoration Project with $50,000 Donation to City of Palm Springs on Thursday,