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  • Writer's pictureKathy Condon

Here is my Choice for Palm Springs Movie Theatre

Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Mary Pickford Theatre in Palm Springs

Is it the neon signs? The giant lizards made of mosaic glass that guards the entrance? Is it the ambiance when you come out at night?

First of all, let me say, the Mary Pickford Theatre is actually in Cathedral City, located in their town square. I did not want to confuse you, the visitor, for more than likely you told everyone you were flying or driving to Palm Springs. You were unaware there are nine cities that are often collectively called Palm Springs by outsiders. (I’ll be writing a blog on this shortly)

The Mary Pickford, as we affectionately call it, is my go to theater for a number of reasons.

· It is about eight miles from my home in Palm Springs. It always feels like I am off on adventure when I head, down valley (Locals call driving south down valley)

· Parking is very easy.

· The giant lizards on both sides of a small pond can’t help but make you smile. A closer look will have you marveling about the artistry of the person who actually created them. I’m not sure the Barcelona lizard has anything on these two magnificent creatures.

· Like most theatres, you can buy your ticket online or head to the box office. You also select your seat at the time of purchase.

· Armed with your ticket, you walk into the grand lobby. Your eyes wander to the ceiling, the arches and the staircase lined with trailing ivy. Don’t forget to look up behind you and see the large window over the entrance.

Mary Pickford theatre in Palm Springs

· They have a year-long Popcorn Pass for $39. Admittedly, this year-long pass for popcorn serves my popcorn addiction well.

· With your assigned seat, you head toward your almost full-reclining chair.

· For those so inclined, the theatre has capability for both 3D and DBox.

I believe you are getting the picture. This theatre is beautiful and comfortable with an array of amenities, food and drinks that will satisfy the pickiest attendee.

My ideal time of day to attend is about 4:30 p.m. when it is daylight. Then when I come out at the night the town square is a fairyland of beautiful colored lights, the theatre’s neon lights makes you feel like old Hollywood and the palm trees are bathed in lights.

Cathedral City Hall at Night

Mary Pickford Theatre

36-850 Pickfair

Cathedral City, CA 92234


Kathy Condon is a travel writer and blogger. She is a six-year resident of Palm Springs and the Founder of the Palm Springs Insider Guider Her book It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask: It’s All About Communication was named Best Book Finalist By USA Book News 760-902-3094

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