Exterior Polly Klaas Community Theater

Polly Klaas Community Theater

Petaluma, CA

A true team effort: this building is the manifestation of the resilience that a community holds. The renovation of this historic Petaluma theater was completed with the hard work and generosity of many local contractors, including our structural and civil engineering teams. A majority of our services were donated free of charge to help make this local gem sparkle once again.

The Polly Klaas Foundation is a Petaluma nonprofit “dedicated to the safety of all children, the recovery of missing children, and public policies that keep children safe in their communities” (pollyklaas.org) founded in honor of Petaluma local, Polly Klaas, who went missing in 1993 at age 12. In 1994, the former church was dedicated to Polly to honor her love of the theater, but in 2000 was closed due to safety concerns. 20 years later, the Polly Klaas Foundation acquired the building from the City and began to retrofit the space for community use.

The final result is a safe, beautiful, and communally celebrated space that honors the legacy of Polly Klaas, while promoting a hopeful future for Petaluma and Sonoma County at large.


Rick Brereton


Ghilotti Construction


Structural & Civil Engineering