The Historic Yuma Theatre has been center stage to some of the greatest performances in Yuma County for years and Tuesday it celebrated its 100th birthday.
The theatre was built back in 1912. It was originally known as the Zeller Theatre.
It was the first theatre in Yuma at the time to have fixed seating and a live orchestra. It also showed some of the first produced films.
City historian Tina Clark told News 11 it was the entertainment hot spot. Clark said, "Really it was the orginal seat of culture, the original seat of a vision that brought people downtown."
The building suffered damage from two fires, but it was rebuilt in 1926.
In the 1950's the theatre was filled almost daily with a group of children known as the Square Shooters Club. "They could come here and buy popcorn, get a surprise in the popcorn and watch all day long in the movie theater," Clark said.
It has served as an off-and-on setting for some of the best productions and concerts shown in the Desert Southwest.
The theatre also showcases intricate structure and designs. Clark said "We have an architectural treasure...It couldn't be any more perfect, any more beautiful."
The community continues to fund restoration to the theatre in order to preserve its historic loo,k so future generations can continue to use it as a performance center.