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Celebrate the Restoration of the Iconic Plaza Theatre

Take an exclusive tour of the iconic 1936 Plaza Theatre as it begins its restoration, followed by a reception at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library patio. Includes a brief presentation.

$100 (90 min) – Tours start at 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM

Category: Tour (Interior), Reception

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The iconic Plaza Theatre (1936) played a significant role in the history of Palm Springs. Seminal Palm Springs architect Harry Williams (father to E. Stewart Williams) designed the theatre in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. The graceful building was used for film screenings, nationally broadcast radio theatre programs, and other memorable performances by entertainment giants Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny, and Bob Hope. Live radio shows were broadcast from the theatre, bringing national attention to Palm Springs. It also was one of the most popular movie theatres in the growing Palm Springs community and was the venue for several motion picture world premieres, including "Camille," "My Fair Lady," and “Music Man.” In its later years, the theatre was home to the long running revue "The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.”

Over the decades, the building has deteriorated, so the Palm Springs Plaza Theatre Foundation has raised funds to restore the beloved structure to its former glory. Construction is underway, but in this exclusive “hardhat” tour, participants will be able to tour the historic building while it undergoes its restoration and observe first-hand the exciting plans for how the theatre will be transformed.

The theatre’s restoration and rehabilitation 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. When the restoration is complete, the Plaza Theatre will be poised to continue to provide the city and its visitors with top-notch entertainment for years to come.

Following this docent-led tour, participants will proceed to the adjoining Welwood Murray Memorial Library patio for a sumptuous reception with wine and beer, hosted by the theatre’s Foundation Board. Guests will enjoy a brief presentation of the restoration plans created by Architectural Resources Group (ARG), the firm selected by the Foundation and the City of Palm Springs.

The Palm Springs Plaza Theatre Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Contributions made to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Federal Tax ID number: 87-3813182.
To learn more about the work of the Foundation see


Things to Know
Parking is available in the City's parking structures and the surface lot on the west side of Palm Canyon next to the Rowan Hotel.
No children or pets.
No smoking please.
Restrooms are not available for tour use.
Interior photography is allowed.
Wear appropriate footwear as the tour location is under construction.
Reception is at the private patio at the WelWood Murray Memorial Library.
There are some exterior and/or interior steps.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is The Palm Springs Plaza Theatre Foundation

Event Check-in Location
Plaza Theatre
128 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: Construction of The Plaza Theatre May 16 1936, Photo courtesy of Plaza Theatre Foundation – Palm Springs Historical Society – Palm Springs Life – Architectural Resources Group – Architectural Resources Group.


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