The Polly Klaas Community Theater


Preserving a Petaluma Treasure and Honoring a Young Life

The Polly Klaas Community Theater is a project of the Polly Klaas Foundation, and was made possible through a partnership with the City of Petaluma. The Theater, belonging to the City of Petaluma, was named for Polly in 1994, but due to lack of funding, closed its doors in the year 2000.

The Foundation worked with the City for years to create a path for the Theater’s renovation. On September 14th, 2020, the Petaluma City Council unanimously passed an ordinance which will allow the transfer of the theater from the City to the Foundation in 2021, so that the Foundation can conduct the renovation, and bring this little Theater back to life.

Today there are youth-based groups in need of a space to perform – We have a beautiful little Theater bearing Polly’s name, waiting to be filled with children who are eager to learn, practice, play and perform. The time has come to finally, and properly, honor Polly’s love for the performing arts by renovating the Theater, and providing a safe place for local youth to immerse themselves in the magic of the theater.

We are incredibly grateful to the many donors who helped us to reach our fundraising goals to begin renovation of the theater in 2021. However, the Theater will always need the support of our community in order to make certain we have the resources to operate it on an ongoing basis, and to ensure it never goes dark again. Please, join us in stepping out of the darkness, and into the light, by learning more about this remarkable project.