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The Architecture and History of the "Fabulous" Plaza Theatre

Architect, preservationist, author, and raconteur Will Kleindienst (former mayor of Palm Springs) will present a fascinating lecture on the importance of the famous Plaza Theatre. Free (1 hr)
Category: @Palm Springs, Free, Presentation, Talk, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation

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Be regaled by one of the valley's most sought-after speakers:  William “Will” Kleindienst.  Historian, architect, preservationist, author, and raconteur, the former mayor of Palm Springs will contextualize the importance of the famous Plaza Theatre (built in 1936 as part of the Plaza Shopping Center).  At first a movie venue, the theatre later became the longtime home of the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, a vaudeville-like show that ran for 23 seasons before closing in 2014.  Throughout its existence, the Plaza Theatre has served as the center of the city's cultural life.  On June 6, 2019, in a ceremony in front of the downtown Plaza Theatre, Palm Springs Preservation Foundation presented a check for $50,000 to the city of Palm Springs to "kick off" the city's fundraising efforts to restore the theatre. PSPF is happy to present this free lecture at a new venue: the Palm Springs Cultural Center.

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area.”  PSPF offers free membership as a public benefit.  To learn more about the work of the foundation see

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Things to Know

This event is for ages 18 and older.
Free parking available.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
No children or pets and no smoking please.
This is a popular free event so if your plans change and you need to cancel please notify us at so that we may make the space available to someone else.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Preservation Foundation

Event Check-in Location

Palm Springs Cultural Center (Theatre #2), 2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Mood Creative, Palm Springs Historical Society


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