Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
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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.
Limousine at Civic Arts Plaza
|Address||2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard|
Thousand Oaks, California
|Owner||City of Thousand Oaks|
|Operator||City of Thousand Oaks|
|Type||Performing arts center|
|Capacity||Fred Kavli Theatre: 1800|
Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre: 400
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.
In 2015, an operations center for a proposed California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks opened on a city owned parcel next to the plaza.
Constructed in 1994 at cost of $63.8 million, the site was formerly Jungleland. 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. The site was home to a Chumash summer camp in pre-colonial times, known as Ipuc (Ven-654). In the 19th century, the site was land which belonged to Egbert Starr Newbury where he established the Conejo Valley's first post office.
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, Colbie Caillat, Vince Gill, Art Garfunkel, Kenny Rogers, The Beach Boys, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Peter, Paul and Mary. 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.
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