Desert Theatre

45291 Fargo Street,
Indio, CA 92201

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Robert L. Lippert Foundation (Official)

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Robert L. Lippert Theatres Inc.

Styles: Spanish Renaissance

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Desert Theatre

This was a Robert L. Lippert Theatre. It is listed as operating from around 1941 and into the 1950’s (perhaps later).

The Lippert organization operated 183 movie theaters, mostly in California, from 1942 to 1992. Mr. Lippert also had a career as a movie producer from 1946-1966, releasing 246 feature-length movies for his company, Lippert Pictures and many of the major studios.

Unfortunately, the Desert Theatre was in an area of decline with many closed businesses. Despite plans to revitalize the 45-square-block downtown area by bringing in nationally known urban designers, positive change came too late and the abandoned cinema burned down on November 14, 2020.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

MrWillM on March 9, 2010 at 10:40 am

When I arrived in Indio in 1970, the Desert Theater on Fargo Street was in a “Declining” area.

MagicLantern on June 29, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Now presenting “Fine Dining,” whatever that means.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 19, 2010 at 11:36 pm

The Desert is now serving dessert.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 19, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Change Related Websites in the descriptio to:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 8, 2012 at 5:49 am

Here is a larger version of the photo drb linked to. The movie on the marquee, George White’s Scandals with Joan Davis and Jack Haley, was released in 1945.

Lynnie on March 6, 2015 at 12:31 pm

This theater is still there as of January 2015 and still looks the same. Not sure what will ever happen to it since the area is still run down with vacant stores.

sethlombardy on September 25, 2015 at 10:12 am
  1. Anyone have any photographs or floor plans of the interior?
  2. Anyone know how much this property might be selling for?
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