Sunshine Brooks Theater

217 North Coast Highway,
Oceanside, CA 92054

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MissAmanda on November 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Had fine old trough-style urinals in the mens' room. You don’t see those much any more.

kma87 on June 12, 2008 at 7:59 pm

Upon doing some research at the Carlsbad Library, I found a book on Oceanside which mentions the Margo (Or Sunshine Brooks Theater). It says that it was originally named for Rancho Santa Margarita but that name was far too long for a marquee so they shortened it to The Margo Theatre. In the 1950’s the name was changed to The Towne Theatre.

kencmcintyre on June 23, 2007 at 11:46 am

Advertised as the Towne at 217 N. Hill in September 1979.

hownowbrownpaul on April 1, 2006 at 10:49 pm

There are a few recent photos of the Sunshine Brooks here:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 9, 2004 at 2:57 am


You are correct regarding street name changes in Oceanside. What is now North Coast Highway was North Hill Street back in the 1930’s and up to the 1950’s at least.

The Film Daily Yearbook 1952 lists an 640 seat Palomar Theatre, located at 314 N. Hill Street. While in Oceanside earlier this year I went looking for the Palomar, but it has been demolished.

The other building you mention being remodeled at Hill and Third Streets is the Margo Theatre (now the Sunshine Brooks Theater). So the architects can now be confirmed as Balch & Stanbery.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 8, 2004 at 9:26 pm

Street names appear to have changed in Oceanside since the 1930s, but there were two theaters planned for that city in 1936. One, for a company called Palomar Operating Company, was to be located on Hill Street between Temple and Michigan.

The other, to be built for Inter-Counties Investment Company, of Anaheim, was in a remodeled building at Hill and Third Streets.

Both theaters were to be designed by Clifford A. Balch, with engineer Floyd E. Stanbery.