Plaza Theatre

128 South Palm Canyon Drive,
Palm Springs, CA 92262

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LuisV
LuisV on March 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Going to see the Follies Show tonight! The show is closing in May. I will try to find out what is in store for this landmark theatre and report back.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 11, 2014 at 12:01 am

In late 1977, Metropolitan Theatres twinned the Village and Plaza Theatres in Palm Springs. The January 2, 1978, issue of Boxoffie ran a brief article with a drawing of one of the the Plaza’s twin auditoriums, prepared by the Filbert Company, the theater supply outfit that handled the alterations.

The partition dividing the old auditorium featured decorations matching those on the original side walls so that the theater’s Spanish atmospheric style could be retained. Unlike many twinnings, the Plaza’s also included reconfigured seating to maintain good sight lines. The Plaza and Village Theatres both reopened shortly before Christmas, 1977.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm

Sorry! I made a typing error in the first mention of the Paramount subsidiary. It was Telemeter (not Telemter).

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 2, 2008 at 5:01 pm

In November, 1953, the Plaza Theatre participated in one of the first trials of pay-as-you-see TV in the United States. Seventy-five homes in the Palm Springs area were connected to a coaxial cable system operated by the Telemter subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. A TV set in each home had a cashbox attached in which viewers deposited coins to “unscramble” a new movie playing simultaneously at the Plaza Theatre. The experiment started with Paramount’s “Forever Female.” I don’t know how long the trial lasted, or its outcome, but I doubt that it proved successful. In those days, of course, home TV was only in B&W, so color movies would turn up in monochrome on the Telemeter system.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 16, 2007 at 12:25 am

The Plaza was part of the Earle C. Strebe chain in the early seventies, along with the Palm Springs Theater and the Ramon Drive-In in Palm Springs. Strebe also ran theaters in Big Bear Lake, Crestline and Lake Arrowhead at that time.

Patsy
Patsy on January 9, 2007 at 1:16 am

I have friends who are in Palm Springs now and hopefully they’ll go see a show there. Also would like to see a photo of this theatre that featured Bob Hope, Jack Benny and Frank Sinatra.

trooperboots
trooperboots on January 25, 2005 at 6:11 am

I found out Jack Benny used to do radio broadcasts from the stage of the Plaza.

trooperboots
trooperboots on January 2, 2005 at 1:37 am

This is an incredible 3 hour vaudeville style show. I understand it is one of the very few vaudeville shows still being performed in the United States and successfully so. The show includes the showgirls, but also song and dance numbers, a puppeteer, a juggler and infamous announcer and stage comedian “Riff Markowitz”, who created the show. The performers are all over 50, but the show is highly energetic, glamourus, lavish and completely professional. They screen movie clips and trailers from the 1930s for the half hour before the show begins to put the audience in the proper retro mood for the show.

BabyJaneHudson
BabyJaneHudson on November 14, 2004 at 9:09 pm

The World Premiere of Greta Garbo’s “Camille” was held here in 1936. Garbo herself attended as well as most of the Palm Springs Hollywood crowd.
Supposedly, buried somewhere within the walls of the theatre is a time capsule containing the actual print of “Camille” that was shown there at the premiere.