City of Downey

We are home to the Apollo Space Program, the world’s oldest McDonald’s, the site of the first Taco Bell, and the hometown of “The Carpenters.” We are a unique community of 110,000 in the heart of Southern California.

The Downey Civic Theater

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.