In 1964 the theater-in-the-round debuted on Ventura Voulevard with high hopes for elevating the culture of the Valley. A staging of The Sound of Music opened the doors, but before the decade was out, rock shows and boxing matches were tried to bring in crowds. Nothing worked, and in 1980 the theater on Chalk Hill began new life as a Jehovah’s Witness hall.
The church outgrew the space and quietly sought a buyer. The Daily News reported Sept. 23, 2004 that the church sold the 8-acre property for $25 million to developers Troxler Residential Ventures XXVI and D2 Development Inc. The plan is for condominiums and retail.