In the fall of 1997 the Palm Canyon Theatre held its first production, and since then has produce top quality live theatre productions for the community and visitors of the Coachella Valley.
The opportunity for a Palm Springs theatre was first thought of by Bill and Sylvia Layne a couple that with their family, often visited relatives in the Palm Springs area. In time they realized that the need for an affordable live theatre venue in the city was apparent, so with their efforts and the help of the City of Palm Springs, progress for the Palm Canyon Theatre began. The gymnasium of the old school of Frances Stevens Park would in time be resurrected into a 230 seat stadium-style proscenium theatre, which on its opening day featured "The Desert Song" by Romberg, Harbach, and Hammerstein. Other popular shows like "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest", "The Full Montey", "Beauty and the Beast" and " 42nd Street" are just a few plays that have been on the theatre's schedule since.
Other than producing excellent liver performances, the Palm Canyon Theatre also offers educational programs for the theatre arts. On the third Sunday of every month, improvisational theatre is held where one will get a chance to watch or be part of hilarious comedy at its best. One does not need to participate, but the stage will be open for those that are courageous enough to give it a go at making people laugh. If that isn't enough, there is also an Improv workshop that is offered as well. A summer theatre camp is held by the Palm Canyon Theatre at the end of each season for students of the ages of 8-18. The camp is a way to educate the young by providing lessons from educated instructors who make the lessons fun and give the campers an opportunity to perform on stage.
The Palm Canyon Theatre is more than just a theatre, it's a place where one can watch fabulous live shows and performances, and most important of all, it exemplifies the theatre arts as a whole.