Building Our Mission of Meaningful Work
Designed and envisioned by Valerie Jensen, the Prospector Theater was built as a solution to the unemployment epidemic among adults with disabilities. While working as the executive director of an arts and recreation non-profit for people with disabilities, Val was always disheartened to see so many of her friends struggling to find work.
"My friends are so talented, so I was shocked to see how few of them had a job. And those who did were often put into menial roles that seriously undervalued their skills and capabilities."
One night when driving through town, Val passed the old Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield's first ever movie theater. Although there were plans to demolish the old building, Val knew that this was the perfect opportunity for three reasons...
Her friends needed meaningful work
Movie theaters create dozens of jobs
Ridgefield's closest movie theater was 10 miles away
After several years of planning, designing, construction, and operationalizing, the Prospector opened on November 20th, 2014! We have been open EVERY DAY since then, demonstrating our amazing talents and the true power of meaningful work!