Historic Plaza Theatre Restoration Project
The City of Palm Springs has launched 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.
The City recently engaged the international architectural firm Gensler and historic preservation consultants Chattel to develop a comprehensive restoration and rehabilitation plan. This plan calls for installing 670 new seats, significant infrastructure repairs, installation of new theatrical equipment, and structural restoration improvements to ensure the building meets current fire prevention and American Disabilities Act mandates. This plan is estimated to cost approximately $10 - $12 million conservatively.