The Camelot Theatres at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, at 2300 East Baristo Road, will host the American Documentary and Animation (AmDocs) Film Festival for a ninth straight year in 2020. Located in midtown and across the street from Palm Springs High School, this multi-screen complex features three separate auditoriums, with seating for over 500 in cinema one, approximately 150 in cinema two, and 120 in cinema three. Cinema one features a full performance stage and the largest non-IMAX projection screen in the Coachella Valley, and one of the largest in Southern California. The Palm Springs Cultural Center provides Christie Digital world-class projection and Dolby sound. An upstairs restaurant and bar, and a small but full-service snack bar is on premises, along with a multitude of free parking. New, upgraded seating with high chairbacks and cup holders was added to all theatres in 2016, creating a more pleasant filmgoing experience.
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is conveniently located along Sunline bus transportation lines, with pickup and dropoff on East Baristo Road just outside the theatre property.
New for 2020 are three exciting venue additions: The Plaza Theatre, the iconic and historic venue located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs at 128 South Palm Canyon Drive; the Tristone Palm Desert 10 Cinemas (formerly the Cinemas Palme d'Or), conveniently located at the Westfield Palm Desert Mall at 72-840 Highway 111 in Palm Desert; and the first outdoor venue in our Festival's history: the outdoor Amphitheater at Civic Center Park, at 43900 San Pablo Avenue, in Palm Desert.
The Plaza Theatre is the grande dame of Palm Springs, having opened in 1936 as an 800-seat movie palace and performing arts center. Greta Garbo appeared in person on Opening Night in December 1936 for the World Premiere of "Camille," and the venue hosted marquee performers such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Jack Benny in their heydays. From 1991 to 2014, The Plaza Theatre was home to The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, and the iconic venue is currently in a restoration process to return it to its original glory. In coordination with the City of Palm Springs, the Plaza Theatre Restoration Steering Committee includes among its members AmDocs Founder Teddy Grouya, former Palm Springs City Councilmember J.R. Roberts, and local celebrity and former Tonight Show regular Ross Mathews.
The Tristone Palm Desert 10 Cinemas allows mid-valley residents to enjoy AmDocs' documentary and animation films close to home in a convenient location and outstanding venue. And the outdoor amphitheater at Civic Center Park in Palm Desert will offer Under The Stars evening screenings, free to the public.
Camelot Theatres at Palm Springs Cultural Center
2300 East Baristo Road
(Between Sunrise Way & Farrell Dr.)
Palm Springs, CA
The Plaza Theatre
128 South Palm Canyon Drive
(Between Tahquitz Canyon Way & Arenas Rd.)
Palm Springs, CA
Tristone Palm Desert 10 Cinemas
72-840 Highway 111
(At the Westfield Shopping Center)
Palm Desert, CA
Outdoor Amphitheater at Civic Center Park
43900 San Pablo Avenue
(North of Fred Waring Drive)
Palm Desert, CA