Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

3050 East Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA, United States

12:00 PM to 06:00 PM - Closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday

Located on East Los Angeles Avenue between the Sycamore Drive and Tapo Canyon exits of the 118 Freeway, the Gothic structure has enjoyed a variety of tenants before being acquired in 1991 by the City of Simi Valley for reuse as a Cultural Arts Center.

Having been approved as Ventura County Historical Landmark No. 67 in July of 1981, refurbishing the building meant preserving the historical integrity as well. The result is a spectacular Neo-Classis structure in gleaming columned glory showcasing hints of its former life. With the first refurbishing, the church pews, cushioned for comfort, were used as seating on the theater’s main floor. Today some of them grace the lobby as seating for patrons prior to shows and during intermission. But the pew ends were incorporated into the theater seating to preserve the integrity of the theater’s original design.

Other hints of its past elegance are visible as well. A row of sconces in the main theater, a doorway, even a downstairs lobby light fixture that has hung in the same place since1924 are all tributes to the building’s varied and colorful past. The numerous stained glass windows, badly damaged in the earthquake, were duplicated thanks to a researcher discovering that the company that made them in 1924 still existed. Following a call to the New York-based glass craftsmen, it was discovered that the original order was still on file after 71 years and could indeed be duplicated.

The lower level lobby features a working fireplace, the box office, front office and public restrooms. Also on that level is the Multipurpose Room, available for rentals, that also acts as a rehearsal space for the shows. It features a small stage and accesses a fully equipped catering kitchen. The multi-purpose community room has a seating capacity of 93 for dinner or classroom seating for 174. The MPR also leads to the Green Room or preparation area for actors as well as two dressing rooms and an actors’ restroom.

Since the opening in late 1995, the Cultural Arts Center has featured everything from jazz and rock ‘n roll bands to classical music, dramas and musicals, and a variety of choral and dance group performances. It has been rented as a site for weddings of all faiths as well as film shoots, vocal and dance recitals, meetings, photography shoots, showers and private parties.

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Santa Susana High School

3570 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, United States

Santa Susana High School is a public school of choice for accelerated academics, technical arts, and visual & performing arts for students in grades 9-12.

Santa Susana develops scholarly, skilled, and humane students who are prepared for both college and career. The school thrives as an educational community committed to ensuring our scholars are prepared for the demands of our changing global society. The unique features of our school programs include a Schools and Academies structure where our scholars emphasize in one or more of 18 Pathways during their high school career. At graduation, they certify for completing the course of study and a Senior Project demonstrating their knowledge and expertise.

Performing groups are audition-based, allowing students to learn high level performance skills that prepare them for college and/or industry. Students participate in local and national competitions, festivals, workshops, and performances. Students perform in a state-of-the-art 422-seat Performing Arts Center, frequently selling out school events. All students certifying in the arts are required to complete a portfolio for college acceptance and career placement.

For more information about all of Santa Susana High School’s programs, click here.

Credit for all images to Ventura County Star and Santa Susana High School Choir.

Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi

3050 East Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, California 93065, United States

Since 1992, Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi (ARTS) has earned a reputation for excellence in live theater, and in 2001 received a commendation from the City of Simi Valley for their contribution to the community. Recognizing the importance of arts education, ARTS’ mission has always been to further develop and increase the impact of the arts on youth as well as adults looking to further their theatrical training and unique expression.

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Conejo Players Theatre

351 South Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, CA, United States

Conejo Players Theatre is an 188-seat theatre in Thousand Oaks, California. For more information about upcoming shows, please click here.


Camarillo Skyway Playhouse

330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, CA, United States

Since 1970, the Camarillo Skyway Playhouse has provided Ventura County theatre lovers a place to entertain and be entertained, make friends, learn new skills, and hone their craft!

For information about upcoming shows, please click here.