Mayor Stan Henry presented a proclamation to the Mary Pickford Theatre team including Owner Michael Tumanjan, D’Place Entertainment President Damon Rubio, and General Manager Ted Hane for their work on bringing solar power and energy battery storage technology to the theatre. The first-of-its-kind mass production power source for a theatre in the state of California and possibly the nation, the Mary Pickford Theatre now generates nearly 100% of the power it uses through solar panels and captures the excess energy from the panels to power the theatre after sunset. All City Councilmembers were present to dedicate September 21, 2018 as the “Flip the Switch Day” towards green power at the Mary Pickford Theatre.
Not only is the system saving the theatre more than $100,000 per year on its electrical costs, but it also lowers its carbon footprint by not utilizing fossil fuels for its energy needs that can lead to air pollution and climate change. You can now enjoy “solar powered popcorn” as Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia stated at the beginning of his speech at the event.
To learn more about this impressive technology and what the theatre has achieved, CCTV Host Conrad Angel Corral sits down in this video with Aeterna Energy President Ron Harris and D’Place Entertainment President Damon Rubio to discuss this green power venture at the Mary Pickford Theatre, here in Cathedral City.