This map, courtesy of the LA Stage Alliance, illustrates the problem perfectly: See that large empty space in Southeast LA County? That’s Downey’s responsibility, and you can see that the Downey Civic Theatre is the only notable venue anywhere near us. How notable? Well, it wasn’t even on the map until about a month ago… Continue reading A large performing arts hole to fill
What is available already? A survey of Downey’s own local arts organizations.
The Downey Civic Theatre opened 1970, the vision of then theatre director John Hume. In 1955, Downey’s Parks and Recreation department sponsored Hume to launch of the Downey Children’s Theater, which began in an elementary school auditorium.
The rehearsal room upstairs in the Downey Theatre could be converted into an intimate, 99-seat Equity-waiver stage for producing plays.