RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Prospector Theater has been in the spotlight quite a bit lately. The New York Times recently did a story on the bedazzled and unique theater in Ridgefield that promotes and honors their "prospects," which is what they call their employees.
The Prospector Theater was built with the intention of hiring workers with mental and physical disabilities. In total, the theater has employed 111 people, with 65 percent of them with disabilities.
The theater offers a coffee shop, popcorn concession stand and upstairs is a small restaurant. Food can be brought into the theaters while you enjoy a film in one of the eight rooms.
Owner Valerie Jensen came up with the idea of building the theater in 2010 with her passion for enriching lives and the inspiration to help people. The idea came about after growing up with a sister named Hope who has Down syndrome.
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