73-000 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
McCallum Event Schedule & Tickets
Since its Grand Opening in January 1988 (aired as an NBC Special), the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts in Palm Desert has been widely acclaimed for its variety of events, superb acoustics and state-of-the-art sound system.
Talk of the facility began in 1974 with the formation of an informal group calling itself “Friends of the Cultural Center.” Fundraising began in earnest with thirteen sold-out performances by Fred Waring. By 1984, local developer Terry Hahn contributed US$1M to the project and Gerald Ford became part of the board of directors. Ford, in turn, convinced Bob Hope to contribute to the project. A second million-dollar grant from the McCallum Foundation coupled with private donations led to the groundbreaking in 1985.
The McCallum Theatre, located in Palm Desert, California, stands as a premier venue for performing arts in the Coachella Valley. Esteemed for its outstanding acoustics and intimate seating arrangement, the theater ensures an exceptional viewing experience for all attendees. Throughout its season, the McCallum hosts a wide variety of performances, ranging from concerts, dance productions, Broadway-style shows, to comedic acts and educational programs.
The theater’s commitment to enriching the community is evident through its extensive educational outreach initiatives, aiming to inspire and engage the next generation of artists and art enthusiasts. The McCallum Theatre Institute, in particular, plays a crucial role in providing arts education to local students, emphasizing the importance of creative expression and learning through the arts.
With its high-quality programming and dedication to community engagement, the McCallum Theatre has firmly established itself as a cultural hub in the region. Its diverse lineup ensures that there is something to cater to all tastes, making it a vital component of the vibrant arts scene in the Coachella Valley. Whether hosting internationally acclaimed artists or fostering local talent, the McCallum Theatre remains a beacon of artistic excellence and a cherished destination for entertainment and cultural enrichment.
Named for a pioneer desert family, the McCallum has gained acclaim as one of the country’s finest presenting theatres by audiences, entertainers and peers alike.
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