Desert Theatre

45291 Fargo Street,
Indio, CA 92201

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This was a Robert L. Lippert Theater. It is listed as operating from around 1941 and into the 1950’s (perhaps later).

The Lippert organization operated 183 movie theaters, mostly in California, from 1942 to 1992. Mr. Lippert also had a career as a movie producer from 1946-1966, releasing 246 feature-length movies for his company, Lippert Pictures and many of the major studios.

Unfortunately, the Desert Theatre is in an area of decline with many closed businesses. The Indio city government is working on plans to revitalize the 45-square-block downtown area by bringing in nationally known urban designers and hopefully someday the city can hold its own with its neighbors, Palm Springs and Palm Desert.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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MrWillM
MrWillM on March 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm

When I arrived in Indio in 1970, the Desert Theater on Fargo Street was in a “Declining” area.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on June 29, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Now presenting “Fine Dining,” whatever that means.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 20, 2010 at 1:36 am

The Desert is now serving dessert.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 20, 2010 at 1:41 am

Change Related Websites in the descriptio to:

http://robertllippertfoundation.com/

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 8, 2012 at 7:49 am

Here is a larger version of the photo drb linked to. The movie on the marquee, George White’s Scandals with Joan Davis and Jack Haley, was released in 1945.

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