Celebrating Our Rich Oceanside History

The rich history of the Brooks is one with many ups and downs, and it is an honor to be a part of its revitalization. We hope that the men and women, whose dream was to bring brightness to their town, will be pleased with our efforts to make the Brooks and Oceanside Theatre Company a regional cornerstone for the arts.

1936 to 1948

OTC operated as the Margo from 1936-1948, after which it was renamed the “Towne Theater”.

1950s to 1970s

The Towne was one of three downtown movie houses that operated through the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

1993 to 2011

The city of Oceanside acquired the theatre in 1993 from Hattie Hazel “Sunshine” Brooks, from whom the current name originates. A local group of thespians answered a call from the city in 1995 and moved into the building as the Pacific Coast Players. The Players called the Brooks their home for five years. The theatre went black for a year during construction. New Vision Theatre Company managed the Brooks for six years after the theatre construction was completed.

2011 to 2016

Oceanside Theatre Company formed in January of 2011 and was awarded management for the next five years.


In 2016, a new OTC Board of Directors and Artistic Director were appointed.


Oceanside Theatre company rebranded and a new vision and mission created along with a new strategic plan.

Old Theatre