El Salon is San Ysidro’s first community theater space. Inaugurated by Casa Familiar in 2020, it stands as a part of the multidisciplinary project, Living Rooms at the Border, designed by Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman in partnership with Casa Familiar, and the support of Studio E Architects. Design and construction of Living Rooms at the Border was funded by the PARC Foundation and a grant from ArtPlace America, among other sources, and financial support from Civic San Diego, Capital Impact Partners and Citi Community Capital.

El Salon is a restoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, built in 1927, and is now a multi-media theatre performing space.

We host theatre & dance performances, events, and workshops by different companies throughout the year.

Our next production:

UCSD-Casa Community Station

Imparted in collaboration with UCSD Center on Global Justice.

The UCSD-Casa Community Station is a partnership combining cultural, social, and economic programming co-curated between  Casa Familiar, UC San Diego and the community at El Salon. Projects involve workshops, performances, & more.


El Salon extends its services as a performing arts space for collaborators. Each year, we offer residency programs to performance companies and collectives to create, & execute productions. Our space has held a wide variety of events. Including but not limited to: Concerts, art installations, exhibitions, theater performances, dance, screenings, workshops, and seminars. 

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Living Rooms at The Border was conceptualized as a parcel-size infrastructure made of cultural and social spaces, anchoring ten diverse units of affordable housing. It is a collection of small buildings: a community theater, social, immigration and health services, and an open-air civic classroom, led and managed by Casa Familiar and residents. The interface between programmed public space and social housing is essential to assure sustainability and inclusion.

For questions or more information about us, please send an email to:


or call (619) 418 – 1115 ext. 602

San Ysidro residents can request limited free admission tickets.