Theater to open in former Oxnard furniture building

A theater company with long-time community roots is set to open in a former furniture building in downtown Oxnard, bringing back live entertainment more than a year after COVID-19 shut everything down.

The Teatro de las Americas, a bilingual performing arts theater troupe that has been around for decades, will welcome guests to the venue near Plaza Park in what used to be Elizabeth’s Furniture at 321 W. Sixth St.

James Donlon, a Camarillo resident and Oxnard-born director, writer and actor, said the theater’s opening is important for a city that has significantly cut arts funding. 

“I think Oxnard got hit pretty bad by the 2019-20 budget,” Donlon said. “It’s very important for Oxnard and the residents that the arts are still around. To me, it’s exciting, and I hope all the people and residents are excited. I hope it means as much to them as it means to me.”