“David Lee has called Palm Springs home for 20 years, and he’s about to leave a permanent mark in the desert.

Lee — who pledged $5 million as part of a $10 million renovation plan to restore the 1936 architectural jewel where Greta Garbo snuck in the back for a screening of her George Cukor film Camille — tells THR he recalls first taking a seat inside to catch a showing of the raunchy 1981 comedy Porkies. When he heard it might become “a glorified nightclub” he did what he could financially to save the space that, over the decades, has hosted performances by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny and Bob Hope, and world premieres for My Fair Lady and Music Man. “It’s a way to pay the town back,” says Lee, 71, now a theater producer, “and have a community asset to show for it.”

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