Carol Channing Theater
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Carol Channing Playhouse to open in downtown Cathedral City
If all goes well, a new 220-seat Carol Channing Playhouse will anchor a downtown arts and entertainment district in Cathedral City as early as January of 2019.The nonprofit Coachella Valley Repertory has announced that Rancho Mirage-based actress Carol Channing has agreed to lend her name to a Cathedral City building it hopes to start renovating by February. The theatre company agreed in July 2016 to buy the UltraStar Desert Cinemas movie theater and two adjoining restaurants from the city’s nonprofit City Urban Revitalization Corporation for $1 million. It’s now raising funds and hoping Channing’s friends will organize a national committee to raise $3 million for the renovation.