California Community Theatre: A Timeline
PacRep Theatre: the Carmel Club of Arts & Crafts opened the town's first theatre & cultural center, the Carmel Arts & Crafts Clubhouse.
The Alcazar (Plaza Playhouse Theater’s original name) opened on April 27, 1928.
Long Beach Playhouse was founded in Long Beach.
Lamplighters Community Theatre: Founded as The La Mesa Little Theatre
Ramona Hillside Players was founded in Hemet.
Town Hall Theatre Company was founded in 1944 in Lafayette, CA
Morgan-Wixson was founded (under the name Santa Monica Theatre Guild). The Guild has been located at its present site on Pico Blvd. since 1966.
Coronado Playhouse was first organized as the Coronado Players.
Chanticleers Theatre was founded in Castro Valley.
Fall 1950. Frank Jones, librarian, and Clyde Nielsen, banker, led theatre enthusiasts in an enterprise they called Stockton Civic Theatre.
The Cabrillo Playhouse: The San Clemente Community Theatre was chartered as a non-profit corporation. The Cabrillo Playhouse opened in 1966.
Visalia Players was founded. They have been various places, but since 1976 has its home at the Ice House Theatre in Visalia.
The Conejo Players was born with a "Let's start a theatre" attitude, a meager treasury, & a handful of volunteers to build a stage in a barn & put on shows.
Pacifica Spindrift Players formed in Pacifica, California.
The Santa Maria Civic Theatre was founded as the first organization in Santa Maria to provide continuous live theatre performances.
Westminster Community Playhouse: 1961: theatre founded; 1974: theatre constructed; first show: May 31, 1974; Westminster, CA
Huntington Beach Playhouse was founded.
The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s was officially organized in 1964, and quickly developed into the largest arts organization in the region.
Performing Arts Company of Laguna Woods/ Theatre Guild Division was formed in 1966 in Laguna Woods, CA
Golden Chain Theatre was founded in Oakhurst.
Tehachapi Community Theatre was founded.
South Valley Civic Theatre was founded in Gilroy California (originally called Gilroy Community Theater).
Lyric Theatre: Founded in San Jose, CA
Ferndale Repertory Theatre was founded.
Chautauqua Playhouse was founded in Carmichael.
Mendocino Theatre Company: The historic black-box stage has been the site of over 200 productions since the company’s founding.
Pewter Plough Playhouse : Cambria's unique, intimate Jewel Box of Community Theatres, presenting entertaining live stage plays & other events year-round.
Willits Community Theatre: from humble beginnings, WCT has developed into a well-established organization, presenting live theater throughout the year.
Gloriana Musical Theatre: originally known as The Gloriana Opera Company, was founded, with Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado as its first offering at Crown Hall.
Tulare’s Encore Theatre Company in Tulare was created by a group of theatre supporters.
Lighthouse Repertory Theatre was founded in Crescent City.
The Star Theatre opened as a movie theatre in 1956. Its youth theatre company was established in 1978 and its community theatre in 2000.
Newport Theatre Arts Center was founded in Newport Beach.
PowPAC, Poway's Community Theatre, was founded in Poway.
Riverfront Playhouse was founded in Redding.
Birdcage Theatre was founded in Oroville CA, when the Mercury Register donated the building.
North Coast Repertory Theatre in Eureka.
OnStage Playhouse was founded in Chula Vista.
Pinole Players was founded in Pinole.
West Valley Playhouse in Canoga Park was Founded. It was incorporated in 1989.
ARIEL Theatrical was founded in Salinas, California.
Camino Real Playhouse was founded in San Juan Capistrano by BJ and Tom Scott to promote the arts and the magic of theatre"
LifeHouse Theater (Redlands) began in 1991 and was independently incorporated by Wayne Scott as a non-profit community theater company in 1993.
Rocklin Community Theatre: Finn Hall has been the home of theatre programs in Rocklin since 1994.
The theatre division (San Anselmo Town Players) functioned under Park & Rec department before becoming a division of Stapleton School of the Performing Arts.
Elite Theatre Company was founded at the Petit Playhouse, Heritage Square, in Oxnard, CA.
Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) was founded in Sierra Foothill / the Gold Country: Nevada City and Grass Valley.