Closing the Palms Playhouse - the End of an Era in Davis

This film documents the life of the Palms Playhouse, the Davis, California-located theater in the rough - housed in an old barn - that became a legendary roots music venue. Filmed in 2002, 2008 and 2015-16, plus archival footage, the film traces the Palms' history - organically grown out of the incredible energies of a troupe of creative artists, to the dynamics of its gradual evolution from musical farces and Shakespeare to presenting national and international touring bands and performers. The film also chronicles the last two months of the Palms' existence - filmed in July and August of 2002 - in musical performances from a star-studded lineup, and interviews capturing the raw emotions of the performers and patrons as the clock ticks down on the old barn. For over a quarter century the Palms Playhouse was a fixture of Northern California's cultural landscape. This film celebrates those good times.

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