Thursday, 15 December 2016 15:35

History of The McCallum Theatre

Written by Jeff Shotwell
Rate this item
(0 votes)
The McCallum Theatre The McCallum Theatre

The McCallum Theatre is a well-known performing arts center bringing culture and arts entertainment to Palm Desert. The venue opened in 1988 after more than 10 years of fundraising and planning. The popular musician and radio and television personality Fred Waring donated performances to raise the initial funding. Later financial contributions came from Terry Hahn and Bob Hope. Gerald Ford was an early member of the theater's board of directors.

The theater opened with a bang - broadcast on an NBC television special. Performers that night included Lucille Ball, the Alvin Ailey dancers and Sarah Brightman. Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Gerald and Betty Ford, Walter and Leonore Annenberg were among the many guests attending the opening night tribute to Bob Hope.

Based on ticket sales, the McCallum Theater is among the top 50 performing arts theaters in the world. This is not surprising as there is a show almost every night of the season and most sell-out. The 2016-2017 season runs through May and features, Johnny Mathis, LA-favorite Super Diamond, Rick Springfield, Itzhak Perlman, The Ten Tenors among other talented performers. Acts include ballets, plays, concerts, comedy shows, tributes, and other fun-filled artistic genres.

The theater also has an extensive education program, partnering with local schools to offer an inquiry-based learning approach. Field trips are free to students and teachers. The annual Open Call event, which is a talent competition with cash prizes and awards, is always a favorite among audiences. 

Be sure to check out what the McCallum Theater has to offer. There is something for everyone.


ModMansions offers the best Palm Springs Rentals available and all of our properties have been remodeled for today's traveller. Check out our Palm Springs vacation homes and Palm Springs luxury vacation rentals and give us a call to book your incredible Palm Springs getaway today - (760) 209-4311


Read 952 times

For Reservations/More Information: (760) 209-4311