Downtown Palm Springs
Downtown Palm Springs is a happening place. A stroll on Palm Canyon Drive with its Walk of Stars, honoring both pioneers
and entertainment celebs, offers shops, galleries, coffeehouses; and, when you turn the corner at Tahquitz
Canyon Way, there’s Lucille Ball holding court on her bronze bench. Just down the avenue is the historic Plaza Theatre,
the scene of many Jack Benny radio broadcasts in the '40s as well as a Hollywood premiere or two.
Today it is the home of The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, now in its fifteenth season of sold-out
performances starring top guest stars, hilarious variety acts, and a company of long-legged lovelies, all over 55!
In January, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, founded by the late Sonny Bono, brings the
gifted filmmakers of the world to our theaters to show their wares and to pay tribute to the legends of the silver
screen during a gala evening. In August, the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival showcases the industry’s talented filmmakers and animators.
The mission-style architecture throughout the village is a big part of the charisma one feels in moving about Palm Springs.
There is still another aura here brought about by famed mid-century modern architects such as the late Albert Frey, a long
time resident and designer of Palm Springs City Hall, many homes in the posh Smoke Tree Ranch, the Tramway Gas Station now The Palm Springs Visitors Center, and many more.
Palm Springs has an eclectic, adventurous architectural style, which is drawing significant attention worldwide.
Palm Springs Mid-Century Modern Architecture