Here at TicketForce, we like to brag about our amazing clients and their success stories. Today, we would like to recognize Celebrity Theatre whom recently passed the first round of historic preservation for its building. We are so excited to share this great news about the third oldest venue in Phoenix being one step closer to becoming a recognized part of Arizona’s rich history.
As Celebrity Theatre’s 50th birthday approaches, Kelli Kereny, Production Manager at Celebrity Theatre, feels that it is time for the building to be recognized not only for its mid-century modern architecture, but also for its significant contribution to Arizona’s entertainment industry.
During its 50 years of business, many Phoenicians have made memories at Celebrity Theatre such as seeing their first concert, going on their first date, or playing their first show. Over the years, a number of legendary artists have made their mark on Celebrity Theatre’s stage, such as: Sammy Davis Jr., David Bowie, George Carlin, Carlos Santana and Billy Joel.
Kereny also has fond memories from her time at Celebrity Theatre. She vividly remembers a woman re-visiting the theatre who had been the theatre’s head waitress in the 60’s. As they walked through the theatre together, the woman told Kereny about the time when she served dinner to Carl Hayden and his family. She laughed and told Kereny, “I was so nervous I was going to spill something on him!”
Celebrity Theatre would ultimately like to keep old memories alive, continue to make new memories, and keep the music playing for another 50 years. The historic preservation process all began in 2011 with Celebrity Theatre’s owner, Rich Hazelwood, but was set on the backburner due to the Phoenix Historic Preservation office focusing its efforts on finding an owner for the endangered David Wright house.
After two years, the Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission approved the first phase of Celebrity Theatre’s application process. Once Celebrity Theatre completes all phases of the Historic Preservation process, it will be eligible for grants to rebuild and restore some of the building’s original features and ensure that the building continues to age beautifully.
Kereny has great hopes for renovating the historic Celebrity Theatre. “One of our goals is to resurface the ‘pods’ on the exterior of the building with copper or a copper equivalent, just like the original when the building was first constructed,” stated Kereny.
To continue on the road to historic preservation, Celebrity Theatre must get approval from the Central Village Planning Committee and possibly the Phoenix City Council. Celebrity Theatre’s next meetings are scheduled for August 12 and August 13.
Stay tuned to our blog for updates on Celebrity Theatre’s historic preservation status. Also, be sure to send a tweet to Celebrity Theatre to congratulate them on being one step closer to preserving Phoenix’s third oldest venue!