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2300 East Baristo Road
Palm Springs, California 92262
Tel (760) 325-6565
Camelot Theatres is located between Farrell & Sunrise Avenue on Baristo Road in the Palm Springs Mall parking lot. Right next to Palm Springs High School.
From East Valley:
Come down highway 111 into Palm Springs. Turn right onto Farrell and proceed to Baristo Road and make a left turn. You will see the Camelot approximately ½ blocks down on your right.
Come down Ramon Road into Palm Springs. Turn right onto Farrell and proceed to Baristo Road and make a left turn. You will see the Camelot approximately ½ blocks down on your right.
From the 10 freeway (West):
Exit the 10 freeway at Indian Avenue. Proceed into Palm Springs until you see Tahquitz Canyon Way and make a left turn. Proceed down Tahquitz Canyon Way until you come up upon Farrell. At Farrell make a right turn and proceed to the next light which is Baristo Road. At Baristo Road, make another right turn and you will see the Camelot approximately ½ blocks down on your right.
From the 10 freeway (East):
Exit the 10 freeway at Ramon Road. Make a left turn onto Ramon Road and follow it until you reach Farrell. Turn right onto Farrell and proceed to Baristo Road and make a left turn. You will see the Camelot approximately ½ blocks down on your right.
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Camelot InternationalE Café & Bar
As everyone knows who’s enjoyed the rare and beautiful films offered at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, this ain’t no ordinary movie house. This is where you find the best in foreign, cult and independent films. This castle on Baristo is also the spiritual home to the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
So it’s no surprise, then, that it offers much more than an ordinary concession counter. Executive Chef, Corey Beamon creates some of the most gourmet offerings you can imagine.
Open Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 8 pm
Sunday 11 am to 3 pm
& Saturday for breakfast at the Certified Farmers Market 8 am to 12 pm
Give the Gift of Entertainment!
Gift cards from Camelot Theatres make excellent gifts for any occasion. The gift of entertainment can make anyone smile!!! Gift cards are available in any denomination and can be purchased at the box office during business hours. Gift cards can be redeemed at the box office, concession stand, cafe and bar.
Camelot Gift Cards are perfect for…
- Fathers and Mothers Day
- A Halloween Treat
- A Christmas Stocking Stuffer
Host a Different Kind of Meeting at Camelot Theatres
Are you looking for a unique place to host your next meeting? Look no further, host it at Camelot Theatre — where business and fun meet. You can have that professional meeting, with extras only a theatre can provide — comfortable seating, digital projection and much more… No one will miss your power presentation on the wall-to-wall screen, and think out of the box by providing popcorn and candy as snack foods. Make your meetings fun!
* Able to support multimedia presentations
* Flexible capacities
* Full Service Catering & Bar are available
* Superior customer service
You Decide Who’s Watching the Movie with You
Rent an entire theatre for your group and host a private screening of a movie that you choose. This event will bring people closer together by sharing this ultra-cool event. A private screening can be the ideal solution for:
* Teambuilding for work
* Thank you for your customers
* An outing for your organization
Choose your Event — Private or Group
Private — With a private event, you will not share the theatre with our other guests and will have access to all the great possibilities listed above.
Group — This is for larger groups, particularly schools, who wish to view a movie together at a regularly advertised showtime.
A G-rated motion picture contains nothing in theme, language, nudity, sex, violence or other matters that, in the view of the Rating Board, would offend parents whose younger children view the motion picture. The G rating is not a “certificate of approval,” nor does it signify a “children’s” motion picture. Some snippets of language may go beyond polite conversation but they are common everyday expressions. No stronger words are present in G-rated motion pictures. Depictions of violence are minimal. No nudity, sex scenes or drug use are present in the motion picture.
A PG-rated motion picture should be investigated by parents before they let their younger children attend. The PG rating indicates, in the view of the Rating Board, that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children, and parents should make that decision.
The more mature themes in some PG-rated motion pictures may call for parental guidance. There may be some profanity and some depictions of violence or brief nudity. But these elements are not deemed so intense as to require that parents be strongly cautioned beyond the suggestion of parental guidance. There is no drug use content in a PG-rated motion picture.
A PG-13 rating is a sterner warning by the Rating Board to parents to determine whether their children under age 13 should view the motion picture, as some material might not be suited for them. A PG-13 motion picture may go beyond the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements, but does not reach the restricted R category. The theme of the motion picture by itself will not result in a rating greater than PG-13, although depictions of activities related to a mature theme may result in a restricted rating for the motion picture. Any drug use will initially require at least a PG-13 rating. More than brief nudity will require at least a PG-13 rating, but such nudity in a PG-13 rated motion picture generally will not be sexually oriented. There may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 movie, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence. A motion picture’s single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words, though only as an expletive, initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive requires an R rating, as must even one of those words used in a sexual context. The Rating Board nevertheless may rate such a motion picture PG-13 if, based on a special vote by a two-thirds majority, the Raters feel that most American parents would believe that a PG-13 rating is appropriate because of the context or manner in which the words are used or because the use of those words in the motion picture is inconspicuous.
An R-rated motion picture, in the view of the Rating Board, contains some adult material. An R-rated motion picture may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements, so that parents are counseled to take this rating very seriously. Children under 17 are not allowed to attend R-rated motion pictures unaccompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Parents are strongly urged to find out more about R-rated motion pictures in determining their suitability for their children. Generally, it is not appropriate for parents to bring their young children with them to R-rated motion pictures.
An NC-17 rated motion picture is one that, in the view of the Rating Board, most parents would consider patently too adult for their children 17 and under. No children will be admitted. NC-17 does not mean “obscene” or “pornographic” in the common or legal meaning of those words, and should not be construed as a negative judgment in any sense. The rating simply signals that the content is appropriate only for an adult audience. An NC-17 rating can be based on violence, sex, aberrational behavior, drug abuse or any other element that most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children.
Camelot Theatres offers exciting part-time employment opportunities. We are always accepting applications and will keep them on file for 30-days. Please check back regularly for current openings. For your convenience you may download, print and complete a Camelot Theatres job application in advance.
Employment Application (available online soon)
The original 625 seat Camelot Theatre located at the Palm Springs Mall was opened on February 4, 1967 by then President of Metropolitan Theatres Sherrill Corwin at a cost of $750,000.00. The proclaimed state-of-the-art cinema, equipped to the standards of only three other theatres in the United States, debuted with a star-studded screening of “Dr. Zhivago” as a fundraiser for the United Fund.
There were numerous Hollywood celebrities in attendance for that sold out performance, the guest list included Barbara Rush, Suzanne Pleshette, Mr. and Mrs. David Jansses, Bill Bixby, John Shubeck, Lily Pons and Jolie and Eva Gabor. For those unable to afford the $100.00 per couple tickets to this major event, two radio stations in town, KDES & KCMJ broadcasted live from this event.
That evening set the stage for what was to become nearly two decades of success for Camelot Theatre as well as the growing chain of Metropolitan Theatres. In the early 1970, Camelot was expanded to include a second theatre screen and later became a tri-plex in the late 70’s when the second auditorium was split to seat 202 and 214. The theatre and its owner Metropolitan continued their successful run through the 70 and 80’s. However, as competition began to take shape in the valley in the early 90’s and the era of multi-plexs was born, market conditions began to change.
Citing tough economic conditions from competition, diminishing attendance and high operating costs for the then 25-year-old building, Metropolitan Theatres closed Camelot Theatres on January 15, 1992 after the Third Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Saved from the wrecking ball by the Palm Springs Mall management as it searched for another tenant; the theatre remained closed and dormant for several years. Many various uses were considered including new theatre operators and even discussions that the City of Palm Springs should buy the building, but no firm offers came for nearly 8 years.
In November of 1999, Ric and Rozene Supple, the owners of R&R Broadcasting purchased the building and renovated the three-screen theatre complex. In late 1999, this complex opened under its new name, “Festival of Arts Theatres”. The theatre once again was proclaimed as beginning state-of-the-art. This newly renovated facility was beautifully designed and laden with the finest sound and projection equipment in the industry; offering an overall movie experience unmatched in the Coachella Valley and across the West Coast. Seizing on the opportunity for a growing market niche, programming for the new Festival of Arts Theatres was to be community driven, offering foreign and art films that appealed to the eclectic appetite of surrounding residents. Once again, the theatre became the home for The Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs Festival of Short Films and an ever-growing list of other prestigious annual events.
Noting the exciting yet confusing list of film events springing up throughout the Coachella Valley, theatre management and owners contemplated a name change in late 2001. The idea was to better distinguish the facility as a year-round venue. They reflected fondly with many long time residents on the theatre’s glory days while focusing on the exciting future that lay on the horizon.
On February 1, 2002, it was announced that the Festival of Arts banner was to be retired to once again resurrect the Camelot Theatres’ name! Over it’s brief new history the Camelot Theatres has shown such acclaimed films as “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”, “Big Eden”, “Deep End”, “Monster’s Ball”, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” as well as the local box-office phenomenon “Sordid Lives”. The quality presentation as well as the tailor made programming of unique films put the theatre on the map as the deserts first choice for superior entertainment offering rare, fun and intelligent films to be enjoyed by old and young alike.
Camelot Theatre is located on the South side of the Palm Springs Mall. Camelot Theatre is a three-screen movie house and entertainment complex specializing in the finest first-run art film, foreign film, and independent film. Completely renovated in 1999, it is one of a handful of theatres in the country with its level of technical sophistication and grandeur.
Our facility also houses the Camelot Café, which staffs a full-time Executive Chef; offering a complete menu of fresh salads, sandwiches, fresh baked goods, beer, wine and gourmet coffees. Camelot Theatre also features the CineBar, a full-service bar and lounge. We have a full liquor license and on and off site catering services for groups and special events.
Camelot Theatres is owned and operated by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 2007 by Palm Springs philanthropists Ric and Rozene Supple.
Our Mission is to incubate, produce and encourage art and cultural programs in order to leverage the unique power of creativity to open minds, bridge what divides us, and discover what connects us.
Our programs include independent theatrical film screenings, film festivals, farmers’ markets, live performances, art installations and lecture series – all of which act as creative inspiration points – expanding our learning and building meaningful relationships with the people and the natural environment around us.
Our Mailing Address
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, California 92262
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Palm Springs, California lies on the western edge of the Coachella Valley, within the Colorado Desert. Located approximately 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 140 miles northeast of San Diego, it’s an easy two hour drive. The permanent year-round population is about 45,000, and doubles during the winter season.
Climate and Geography
Palm Springs has more than 350 days of sunshine with less than 5 inches of rain. Winter temperatures average in the 70’s with nights in the mid-40’s. The dry desert heat of summer pushes daytime temperatures into the 100’s, which is enjoyed by sun seekers from around the globe. The geography of Palm Springs is what creates the famed warm, dry climate. At 487 feet above sea level, Palm Springs is sheltered by the Little San Bernardino Mountains to the north, the Santa Rosa Mountains on the south, and the San Jacinto Mountains to the west. Source: 2018 Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism.
About Palm Springs
Check out visitpalmsprings.com for information on hotels, transportation, restaurants and everything else you need to have an amazing stay in Palm Springs! Palm Springs is welcoming visitors to its new dynamic downtown with stylish hotels, new fashionable restaurants, new chic shops and boutiques, new fun entertainment venues as well as welcoming public spaces for gathering, celebrating and relaxing. With our warm days and balmy nights, this complements the ambiance that is positively seductive. With 360 days of sun-kissed weather and drop-dead gorgeous scenery, it’s no wonder Palm Springs is like no place else and a comeback asHollywood’s playground with a growing nightlife, burgeoning art scene and edgy vibe. The Rat Pack lived, loved and played here…it doesn’t get any better than that. Stars such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball all built homes here (that you can now rent!), adding a touch of stardust. Wearing a favorite vintage outfit, shopping for midcentury modern treasures in Uptown Design District, dining alfresco in downtown bistros under the warm sun…now that’s a vacation. But frantic and hurried we are not. This is a place to relax. The colors are saturated by the warm desert light, and the living is easy. Nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, the City of Palm Springs is the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The streets, lined with palm trees, are perfect for exploring boutique shops, art galleries and museums while soaking up the warm sunshine. If this isn’t enough to entice you….soar to the top of Mount San Jacinto on the world famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, play a round of golf at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, or hike the ancient palm groves of the Indian Canyons. In the evening, stroll the year round Villagefest, then relax with a swim under the evening stars.