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Saint George & St. Mary’s Food Bank Team Up Saturday, July 18 5 Canned Goods Could Get You Moved to the Front Row!

Saint George & St. Mary’s Food Bank Team Up Saturday, July 18
5 Canned Goods Could Get You Moved to the Front Row!

PHOENIX, AZ – For George Lopez fans, Saturday, July 18 is an eventful night. The actor-comedian-talk show host brings his latest stand-up tour to the historic Celebrity Theatre for two shows, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., and those ticket holders that donate five canned goods/nonperishable items or $5 to St. Mary’s Food Bank are registered to win an upgrade to the front row! St. Mary’s Food Bank will be on hand to accept donations and make sure those patrons are in the running to upgrade their seats to the front row, talk about “Listen To My Face!”

St. Mary’s distributes more food during the summer months than any time during the year, but donations always fall off with so many Arizonans heading to cooler climates. This event will help stock the Food Bank shelves for those in need. St Mary’s is the world’s first food bank and has been serving the hungry of Arizona for 48 years — providing more than 200,000 meals a day around Arizona.

“We’d like to thank Danny Zelisko Presents, Celebrity Theatre, Insight Management and George Lopez for this opportunity to raise awareness of hunger in our community,” said St. Mary’s President and CEO Beverly Damore.
“More than one in four Arizona children live in poverty and deal with hunger daily. With school out, moms and dads need to provide three meals a day and turn to St. Mary’s for help.”
Most needed items include canned fruits and vegetables, canned proteins like tuna, peanut butter and beans, pasta, cereal and rice.”

George Lopez, whose career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television, walked the red carpet in Tempe earlier this year for the premiere of the movie Spare Parts. The film (released January 16) is based on the real-life triumph of a Phoenix high-school robotics team and stars Lopez, Marisa Tomei and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Last year, Lopez starred in the TV series on FX called “Saint George.” He has also hosted “Lopez Tonight,” a late night talk show on TBS, and starred in the highly successful “George Lopez,” which ran for six seasons on ABC. The Los Angeles native was named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America by “Time” in 2006.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. For mature audiences 18 and older. Tickets ($48, $68.50 and $95) are still available at Celebrity Theatre, at 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix, or online at www.celebritytheatre.com. To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext. 1. All tickets are subject to a surcharge.

A Letter From The General Manager

Dear Valued Patron,

First, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you, Celebrity Theatre’s loyal patrons, for your continued support. I’ve learned a lot from customer feedback this year! Our staff works tirelessly to ensure a pleasant and safe experience at Celebrity Theatre.

Upgrades and expenses such as sales tax, employee wages, maintenance and repairs continue to increase. Celebrity Theatre is a privately owned & operated facility. Although the theatre has received historic designation, this does not include any financial assistance. Preserving, maintaining and upgrading a historic venue creates unique hurdles. We are faced with challenges unseen by similar facilities that rely on revenue from gaming or city funding. Therefore, we have decided to raise the parking fee. We have taken time to research the cost of parking at other venues/events in the Phoenix area. We feel the increase we have chosen to go with is still a great deal comparatively speaking.

Effective March 20, 2015 parking will increase to $10.00/vehicle.

Some of you may have noticed the exciting changes happening at this historic theatre. Recent upgrades include:

  • Remodeling portions of the theatre, including the downstairs club, backstage dressing rooms & greenroom.
  • New flooring/carpet throughout entire building.
  • New seating in the first three rows, as well as Sections A1, A2 & half of A-11. We have ordered the next round of seats, and hope to have a few more sections completed before summer!
  • Added an additional parking lot.
  • Increased security & police presence to ensure the safety of the artists, patrons & staff.
  • Upgraded stage lighting.
  • Added a selection of assisted listening devices (ALD). At no cost to patrons, the ALD’s include hearing aid compatible neckloops or silhouettes, on demand, and sign language interpreters and Computer Access Realtime Transcription (CART) upon request. To request in advance by email, please click HERE.
  • New Website which includes an FAQ, Photo Gallery & History Timeline.

I have been working for Celebrity Theatre since 1989, and the parking fee has not increased in over 20 years! This increase will enable us to continue to make improvements & help us create a more enjoyable experience for our guests! We appreciate your understanding of this increase, as it was a very difficult decision.

Like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter, and let us know how we’re doing. Patron feedback is essential to a successful venue.

Again, thank you for your continued support and understanding.


Alycia Klein
General Manager, Celebrity Theatre


Tito Torbellino D.E.P.


A Farewell to Tito Torbellino
Rest in Peace Tomás Eduardo Tovar Rascón 1981-2014

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 – 5PM-10PM
Martes 3, Junio 2014 . 5PM-10PM

Tickets are available at the box office for Tito Torbellino… In Memory.  A minimum of a $5 donation to the St. Jude’s Foundation required for a ticket. Only open to 2500 people, must get your ticket in person at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office. Please wear a white t-shirt.  Please allow extra time for security check upon entrance to theatre.  Flowers are ok to bring, no candles please.  Thank you.

Despedida de Cuerpo Presente Tito Torbellino – Descanse en Paz Tomás Eduardo Tovar Rascón 1981-2014
Atencion hoy a partir de las 12pm pase a la taquilla del celebrity por Sus pase para entrar solo asiendo una donacion para la fundacion St. Jude’s solo abra capacidad para 2500 personas Gracias.  Todos de camisa Blanca por favor.  Lleque temprano para chequeo de seguridad y estacionamiento.  Flores están bien, no hay velas por favor.

*Limited availability for press. If you are a member of the Press and would like to attend, please contact aklein@celebritytheatre.com
*Disponibilidad limitada para la prensa. Si usted es un miembro de la prensa y desea asistir, por favor póngase en contacto con aklein@celebritytheatre.com

George Lopez ‘Listen to My Face’ Tour


For Requests: Dee Korinek
Tel: 602.403.9622

For immediate release: 14 January 2014

George Lopez ‘Listen to My Face’ Tour Fri., May 16 & Sat., May 17
Tickets on Sale Fri., Jan. 24

PHOENIX, AZ – Danny Zelisko Presents multi-talented entertainer George Lopez and his “Listen To My Face” tour in two special engagements, Friday, May 16th and Saturday, May 17th at the historic Celebrity Theatre. Both shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets ($51, 69.50 and $96) go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 24th at Celebrity Theatre or online at www.celebritytheatre.com. To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext. 1. All tickets are subject to a surcharge. For mature audiences 18 years and older.

George Lopez has seen a flurry of activity over the past year including voice roles in animated movies, a new HBO special (“It’s Not Me, It’s You”), a national comedy tour, a 10-episode sitcom deal and his latest book I’m Not Gonna Lie: And Other Lies You Tell When You Turn 50. Lopez’s new sitcom Saint George premieres this month on FX and marks the comedian’s return to sitcoms since his ABC series ended in 2007. He plays a newly divorced Mexican-American dad struggling to balance his 11-year-old son, his ex-wife, his doting mother and a part-time teaching gig at a night school.

Named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America by Time Magazine, Lopez’s massive career encompasses a wide spectrum – television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. For two seasons, he hosted Lopez Tonight, a late-night television talk show on TBS. He co-created, wrote, produced and starred in Warner Bros. Television’s groundbreaking hit sitcom George Lopez, which ran for six seasons on ABC. George Lopez remains a hit with viewers in syndication on both broadcast stations and cable’s Nick at Nite. Lopez voiced last year’s animated characters Grouchy Smurf in Smurfs 2, and Thurman in Escape From Planet Earth. Other film credits include the box-office hit Valentine’s Day, directed by Garry Marshall; the voice of Rafael in the animated blockbuster Rio; Beverly Hills Chihuahua; Swing Vote; Henry Poole Is Here; and Balls of Fury. Lopez is known for his HBO Comedy Specials including the Grammy nominated Tall, Dark and Chicano and America’s Mexican, as well as his acclaimed comedy concert on Showtime, Why You Crying? In May 2004, his autobiography of the same name entered The New York Times Bestsellers Top 20.

Danny Zelisko has been bringing shows to Valley since 1974. He founded and ran Evening Star Productions up until 2001 when he sold his beloved company. He is now back on his own happily bringing great shows to the Valley. Danny hosts a weekly radio show, Phoenix Finest Rock, every Thursday night at 8:00 PM heard locally on 93.9 FM, or on the internet at www.KWSS.org

Celebrity Theatre celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary!

Celebrity Theatre

Front page of Arizona Living in the Arizona Republic – 1/5/14

The Republic | azcentral.com
Sat Jan 4, 2014 11:47 AM

Celebrity Theatre will celebrate its 50th birthday this month. And like for most people who hit the half-century mark, life hasn’t always been easy. Financially, there have been some bumps in the road. There were periods when it felt as if the theater in the round was behind the times. And, of course, there has been a face-lift or two along the way.

After all the ups and downs, the theater still survives. It even got an early birthday present in September, when the Phoenix City Council voted to give the theater historical designation.

“That means a lot, because the theater means a lot to a lot of people,” says Rich Hazelwood, who has owned the theater since 2002. “This is a part of history.”

The venue near 32nd and Fillmore streets is known for offering concerts, and the list of acts who have performed there is breathtaking. But that wasn’t the original intent of the 196-foot-diameter building, which architect Perry Neuschatz designed as a convention center. The facility was part of the now-defunct HiwayHouse Hotel; the idea was for the hotel to lure large conventions and host the attendees…….

View the full article with photos here: Celebrity Theatre celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary.

Celebrity Theatre Improves Assisted Listening Devices


PHOENIX, AZ – The Valley’s most intimate concert venue, Celebrity Theatre, has expanded its selection of assisted listening devices (ALD). At no cost to patrons, the ALDs include hearing aid compatible neckloops or silhouettes, on demand, and sign language interpreters and Computer Access Realtime Transcription (CART) upon request. Infrared ALDs are available at all performances in the theatre.

The procedure for obtaining ALDs is as follows:

Headsets and Additional Assistive Listening Devices – subject to availability. Patrons attending performances may obtain ALDs by contacting a member of guest services night of event. To request in advance, please email aklein@celebritytheatre.com.

Sign Language Interpretation – sign language interpreted performances are available upon request with at least a THREE week notice and based on availability of a qualified interpreter. To request sign language interpretation or to find out more information about this service, please call 602.267.1600(voice) or email aklein@celebritytheatre.com

Celebrity Theatre Offers Holiday Soul to Veterans Sun., Dec. 15th

PHOENIX, AZ – Celebrity Theatre is donating 300 tickets to veterans and their families to see The Colors of Christmas featuring Beabo Bryson, Melissa Manchester, CeCe Winans and Ruben Studdard at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 15th. Donated tickets will be available through the Veterans Ticket Foundation’s website at www.vettix.org. First come, first served.

The Oscar and Grammy award-winning Peabo Bryson has brought us such favorites as “Feel the Fire,” “Reaching for the Sky,” “I’m So Into You” and “Can You Stop the Rain.” The magical vocal chemistry of this ‘duet master’ has paired him with the likes of Roberta Flack for (“Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You”), Celine Dion (“Beauty and the Beast”), Regina Belle (“A Whole New World”), Natalie Cole, Minnie Ripperton and scores of others.
The music of Grammy award-winning artist Melissa Manchester has established her as a compelling singer-songwriter with such hits as “Through the Eyes of Love” and “Don’t Cry.” Manchester and Kenny Loggins co-wrote the radio classic “Whenever I Call You Friend,” and her songs have been recorded by Barbara Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss and many others. She is currently recording her 20th album You Gotta Love The Life.

Be it within the gospel circuits or secular R&B music zones, 10-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter CeCe Winans has etched her soulful sound into the hearts of millions of fans.
Winan’s collection of Top Ten R&B radio hits include her powerhouse duet with Whitney Houston “Count On Me,” from the multi-platinum Waiting to Exhale soundtrack. She is godmother to the late Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Ruben Studdard rose to fame as winner of the second season of American Idol. Studdard went on to produce his debut single, a cover of Westlife’s “Flying Without Wings.” Advance orders for his first album, Soulful, topped the 1 million mark before it was even released in December 2003. His recent studio album, Letters from Birmingham, was released in March 2012. Studdard will join the cast of The Biggest Loser premiering on Tuesday, Oct. 8, on NBC.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets ($45 and $75) are still available at Celebrity Theatre or online at www.celebritytheatre.com. To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext.1. All tickets are subject to a surcharge. Celebrity Theatre is located at 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix.

Phoenix to vote on historical status for Celebrity Theatre

By Eugene Scott, The Republic | azcentral.com on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Celebrity Theatre, at the southwestern corner of 32nd and Fillmore streets, is Phoenix’s third-oldest entertainment venue.

Celebrity Theatre, at the southwestern corner of 32nd and Fillmore streets, is Phoenix’s third-oldest entertainment venue.

As Celebrity Theatre nears the 50th anniversary of its opening, Phoenix historians want to recognize it as one of the city’s most significant performing-arts structures.

The Phoenix City Council is scheduled to vote on the building’s historical designation on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The building, at the southwestern corner of 32nd and Fillmore streets, is Phoenix’s third-oldest entertainment venue, general manager Alycia Klein said.

Historical preservationists have increased their efforts in recent years to save the city’s historical buildings.

Recognizing Celebrity Theatre is a move in the right direction, said Jennifer Boucek, director of Preserve Phoenix, a non-profit organization focused on preserving the city’s historical sites.

“We have a lot of properties that are going to be coming of age in the next few years, mainly in the Mid-century Modern style, which is really Phoenix’s greatest treasure,” she said. “It’s something we have that a lot of places around the country don’t have. It makes us unique and makes us special.”

Building meets criteria

The theater’s eligibility for recognition is a “no-brainer”, Boucek said.

“It holds great significance from an architectural and structural standpoint. The design has won awards,” she said. “It meets … criteria for designation, so that makes it especially fitting to be part of our historic registry.”

View the full article and see all the photos here.

Introducing the NEW Celebrity Theatre website!

Celebrity Theatre is proud to introduce you to our brand new website!

Now it’s even easier to get the information you are looking for, all in one place!

New Celebrity Theatre website

  • Purchase Tickets and get details on upcoming events
  • Explore Celebrity Theatre’s History with our new interactive timeline
  • Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and by signing up for our email newsletter
  • Have your questions answered with our new FAQ
  • View photos in our Photo Gallery

We are devoted to bringing you the BEST possible service.  If you have any questions regarding the website, or would like to submit your Celebrity Theatre memorabilia to the timeline, please contact us.

Historic Designation Update!

Fantastic news – Historic Designation Update!

It’s official!  The case will go to City Council for ratification on September 18th, 2013 at 3:00 p.m!

Rezoning Sign

8/12/13 – The Central Village Planning Committee unanimously recommended approval of Historic Designation for Celebrity Theatre.

8/13/13 – The Planning Commission unanimously approved the Celebrity Theatre for Historic Designation.

9/18/13 – The case will go to Phoenix City Council for ratification at 3:00 p.m – Celebrity Theatre will officially be historic!