The Plaza Theatre - Palm Springs CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria
N 33° 49.354 W 116° 32.803
11S E 541946 N 3742575
Quick Description: This Live Stage Theater is the historic Plaza Theater on South Palm Canyon Drive just south of Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs, California.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 8/31/2011 9:45:14 AM
Waymark Code: WMCF5T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
In 1936, the Plaza Theater opened it's doors for the exciting world premier of the now-classic motion picture Camille with the film's co-star Robert Taylor in attendance. As well as films in the early years, national radio shows of Jack Benny and Bob Hope were broadcast from the Plaza. Live performance by Frank Sinatra, Donald O'Connor and others graced the stage at the Plaza. Over time, movie ticket sales fell off and the theater finally closed in 1987.
In 1991, the Palm Springs city fathers asked retired television producer Riff Markowit to come up with ideas for this almost derelict building. He conceived and created a classic Follies and then - joined by partner Mary Jardin - added one notable exception, the cast must have actually lived through the era which they were going to portray.
The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies were born and now in its second decade it is still playing to packed houses.
Theater Name: The Plaza Theatre

Country: United States

128 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA United States

Web Site: [Web Link]

Venue: Community Theater

Type of Productions:
Musicals; Follies

Restored Building: yes

Date of Construction: December 12, 1936

Stage Type: Proscenium

Seating Capacity: 773

Architect/Designer: Not listed

Special Productions/Events/Festivals: Not listed

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