Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is one of the largest performing arts center between Los Angeles and San Francisco at over 200,000 square feet.

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The City of Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Department oversees theatre productions for the Civic Arts Plaza, which encompasses two theatres – the 1,800-seat Fred Kavli Theatre and the 394-seat Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre. The Plaza originally opened in 1994.

The performing arts center combines outstanding arts and entertainment with state-of-the-art technology and acoustics. Over 200,000 patrons and 35,000 children attend more than 350 performances annually. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is funded through a unique public/private partnership between the City of Thousand Oaks and the Alliance for the Arts.

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

There is something for everyone at this venue....musicals, cabaret, Broadway musicals, dance, concerts, big bands, the New West Symphony, ballet, plays, well known speakers and events for the kids.  In front of the plaza is the Mary and Richard Carpenter plaza park.

Next door to the Plaza is The Lakes of Thousand Oaks, another great place to take the kids.

Between 1926 and 1968 the Plaza location housed the 170 acre Goebel's Lion Farm (later called Jungleland), where many of the famous wild animals in Hollywood pictures lived.  There were elephants, lions, tigers, hippos, you name it.  Leo, the MGM lion, Mr. Ed the Talking Horse, and Getta, Tarzan's chimpanzee all lived there at some point.  Jungleland was a major draw in its day that played a large role in making Thousand Oaks what it is today.

A photo of Jungleland after it closed in 1969 (Image courtesy of Conejo Through the Lens, Thousand Oaks Library)

A photo of Jungleland after it closed in 1969 (Image courtesy of Conejo Through the Lens, Thousand Oaks Library)

The Civic Arts Plaza is located at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard (take the 101 East, left on Rancho exit, right on T.O. Blvd, and turn right into parking structure at Dallas Drive.  Visit www.civicartsplaza.com for more information or call 805.449.2787.

It takes good luck and timing for a novice photographer like me to capture the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza while driving south on the 101 freeway.

It takes good luck and timing for a novice photographer like me to capture the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza while driving south on the 101 freeway.

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Conejo Players Theatre - Thousand Oaks

The Conejo Players is a community based theatre arts group that has entertained local residents since 1958.  It is a volunteer based non-profit organization that hosts six productions each year, as well as several productions geared towards kids.

Productions in the 2015-2016 time frame include shows like Amadeus, The Graduate, The Wizard of Oz, Godspell, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Hound of the Baskervilles, etc. 

Individual shows vary in cost from $10 to $20 with discounts for seniors and kids under 12. Season tickets also available.

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The 185 seat Conejo Players Theatre is located at 351 South Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks, just south of the 101 near the Los Robles Greens entrance.  Phone is 805.495.3715.  www.conejoplayers.org

High Street Arts Center - Moorpark

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The High Street Arts Center at 45 E. High Street in Moorpark is a jewel of a theater located in old town Moorpark.  Owned by the city of Moorpark since 2005, the theater now provides high quality theatrical performances at a very reasonable price!  For more information about the theater and upcoming performances, visit www.highstreetarts.com or call 805.529.8700.

Rubicon Theatre Company - Ventura

The Rubicon Theatre Company has provided theater productions, festivals, special events and education programs (outreach, camps, classes, etc.) in Ventura since 1998.  The Rubicon's mission is Some of the actors that have performed at Rubicon in the past include Ed Asner, John Ritter, Stacy Keach, Jack Lemmon, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and other luminaries.  The Rubicon Theatre is very intimate, with only about 200 seats! 

The theatre is located at 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura.  For more information, visit www.rubicontheatre.org or call 805.667.2900.

Present innovative, first-rate professional theatrical productions, festivals, special events and education programs for the enrichment, entertainment, and education of the region's residents and visitors.

Camarillo Skyway Playhouse

Located at 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo Skyway Playhouse (formerly Camarillo Community Theatre) is a 501(c) non-profit, all-volunteer corporation dedicated to providing excellent live stage entertainment to Ventura County residents. Skyway relies solely on ticket sales and community support to maintain and grow the theatre.

CCT presents shows such as Annie, Man of la Mancha, Pirates of Penzance, Arsenic and Old Lace, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cabaret, It's a Wonderful Life and much more. Visit their website at www.skywayplayhouse.org for the current season lineup of shows and to purchase tickets. Or call 805.388.5716.