The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is a performing arts center and City Hall for the city of Thousand Oaks, California. City Hall includes Planning and Building Department, City Works and other city departments. It is located on Thousand Oaks Boulevard, immediately across from Gardens of the World.

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
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Limousine at Civic Arts Plaza
Address2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard
Thousand Oaks, California
United States
Coordinates34°10′28″N 118°50′55″W / 34.1745°N 118.8486°W / 34.1745; -118.8486Coordinates: 34°10′28″N 118°50′55″W / 34.1745°N 118.8486°W / 34.1745; -118.8486
OwnerCity of Thousand Oaks
OperatorCity of Thousand Oaks
TypePerforming arts center
CapacityFred Kavli Theatre: 1800
Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre: 400[1]
Opened1994; 25 years ago (1994)
ArchitectAntoine Predock

The immediate areas surrounding Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza was among the first populated parts of the Conejo Valley. The site, which was previously home to the Jungleland USA theme park, was home to some of the valley’s first settlements in the 19th century. Prior to the settlers, the area was inhabited by the Chumash Native-Americans.[2]


The New West Symphony is the resident orchestra of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.[3] They are also resident orchestra of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center and Santa Monica's Barnum Hall.[4]

In 2015, an operations center for a proposed California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks opened on a city owned parcel next to the plaza.[5]


An adjacent park is named for Richard Carpenter and his wife Mary.[6]

Constructed in 1994 at cost of $63.8 million, the site was formerly Jungleland.[7] The project was designed by AIA Gold Medal architect Antoine Predock in combined Postmodern and Modern architecture styles including large sculptures mounted to the sides of the building.

The 210,000 sq. ft. building is ornamented with Indian sandstone. At its highest, the building towers ten stories; at its lowest, 22 feet under ground where it is anchored in volcanic rock.[8] The site was home to a Chumash summer camp in pre-colonial times, known as Ipuc (Ven-654).[9] In the 19th century, the site was land which belonged to Egbert Starr Newbury where he established the Conejo Valley's first post office.[10][11]

Music director Elmer Ramsey was instrumental in the development of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.[12][13]

Fred Kavli TheatreEdit

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is home to Fred Kavli Theatre, an 1,800-seat theater. Notable performers here have included Paul Anka,[14][15] Colbie Caillat,[16][17] Vince Gill,[18] Art Garfunkel,[19] Kenny Rogers,[20] The Beach Boys,[21] Mary Chapin Carpenter,[22] Sara Evans,[23] LeAnn Rimes,[24] Willie Nelson,[25] Kris Kristofferson,[26] and Peter, Paul and Mary.[27] Entertainers such as Liza Minnelli, Bill Cosby, David Copperfield, BB King, Sheryl Crow, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Jonathan Antoine have also performed at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Civic Arts Plaza". Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  2. ^ Megli-Thun, Dawn (May 17, 2018). "Conejo's inconspicuous creek". Thousand Oaks Acorn. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "New West Symphony - Civic Arts Plaza - Official Site". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  4. ^ "New West Symphony : Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Santa Monica : Venues". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  5. ^ Wendy Leung (February 27, 2015). "With sign up, organizers get to work on Thousand Oaks art museum plans". Ventura County Star.
  6. ^ Writer, From a Times Staff (26 October 2004). "Couple Pledge $3 Million to Civic Arts Plaza" – via LA Times.
  7. ^ O’Brien, Tricia (2017). Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village. Arcadia Publishing. Page 73. ISBN 9781467125697.
  8. ^ a b Baker, Pam and Jim Dunham (2002). Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village. Community Communications, Incorporated. Page 52. ISBN 9781581920611.
  9. ^ Maxwell, Thomas J. (1982). The Temescals of Arroyo Conejo. Thousand Oaks, CA: California Lutheran College. Page 20.
  10. ^ Maulhardt, Jeffrey Wayne (2010). Conejo Valley (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing. Page 13. ISBN 9780738580395
  11. ^ Sprankling, Miriam (2002). Discovering the Story of The Conejo Valley. Newbury Park, CA: Conejo Valley Historical Society. Page 31. ISBN 0-9725233-0-8.
  12. ^ "Elmer Ramsey memorial service April 28". Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Conejo Valley loses its music man". Thousand Oaks Acorn. 22 February 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Paul Anka to bring his 14-piece band to Thousand Oaks for 60th anniversary tour". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  15. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Paul Anka to Perform at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  16. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Grammy Winner Colbie Caillat Returns to Thousand Oaks by Popular Demand!". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  17. ^ "In Concert: Colbie Caillat, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lola Haag". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Concert Listings". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  19. ^ "Art Garfunkel's New 2017 Tour Dates". Grateful Web. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  20. ^ "Kenny Rogers Extends Final Tour Schedule". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  21. ^ "The Beach Boys Extend "50 Years of Good Vibrations" 2016 Tour Dates: Ticket Sale Info - Zumic - Music News, Tour Dates, Ticket Presale Info, and More". 30 May 2016. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Mary Chapin Carpenter Announces Orchestral, Acoustic Tours". The Boot. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  23. ^ "Sara Evans Announces Dates for Slow Me Down Tour". The Boot. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  24. ^ "Feeling grungy? LeAnn Rimes wears barely-there cut-offs and studded leather jacket to fly to Seattle with Eddie and his boys". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  25. ^ "This week's on-sales: Lady Gaga, Willie Nelson, Bebel Gilberto and more". 20 October 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  26. ^ Noozhawk. "Gerald Carpenter: Kris Kristofferson To Touch and Go at Thousand Oaks Concert". Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  27. ^ "Two of Peter, Paul and Mary trio continue tour in Thousand Oaks". Retrieved 25 December 2017.

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