In November of 1988, just in time for the 25th anniversary of the group, Theatre Palisades opened the new 125 seat…More theatre, the Pierson Playhouse.
Theatre Palisades was founded in 1963 by three television writers, Ken Rosen, Sheldon Stark and Jacquie Chester. It became a non-equity community theatre, and Lelah and Townley Pierson, two members, offered to donate the property on which the theatre now stands. The Board of Directors found an architect, John G. Wallis, elected a Building Committee Chair, Cynthia Wright, and Fund Raising Chair, Eva Holberg, who worked with Bob McMillin, until he moved to San Diego in 1985. John Whitcombe supervised the actual construction and Don Johnson was the contractor.
The current busy schedule of Theatre Palisades includes five major productions with a run of 15 to 22 performances, all on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm with a Sunday matinee at 2pm.
TPYouth produces two shows a year by children. The theater also offers chamber music concerts, meetings, shows and independent new films provided by Bob Sharka's Friends of Film.
Theatre Palisades has a group of volunteer members who help in all facets of production and administration. Committees select the shows and directors for the season. Theatre Palisades plays mounted in recent years at the Pierson include Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" and "Lost in Yonkers," "The Nerd," "The Man Who Came to Dinner," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Proof," "The Haunting of Hill House," and "Cash on Delivery!"