This entry refers to a departed business — a business that has closed or left town.All information here is for historical reference only.

Former Location
Located on what is now the CSUCI campus
Operated By
The State of California
In Operation
1936 - 1997


The hospital was in operation from 1936 to 1997. The hospital is rumored to have employed treatments now considered brutal, such as shock therapy, and as a result could be haunted. Even if you take away the treatments, the screams of the more delusional residents would be enough to curdle your blood. CSUCI has a more complete history.

The hospital was converted first into space for local businesses and artists and later made the transition to a California State University campus.

Pop Culture

The song "Hotel California," by The Eagles, is rumored to be about a friend's stay in the mental hospital. Charlie Parker's "Relaxin' at Camarillo," was written while he was recovering from his heroin addiction at the Camarillo State Mental Hospital. The punk group Fear wrote a song called "Camarillo" about the State Hospital. Frank Zappa recorded the song "Camarillo Brillo" about a stay in the institution. In the song he mispronounced the city's name In the 2009 movie "American Cowslip," Bruce Dern calls over to his agoraphobic, heroin addicted neighbor (paraphrased), "It's Camarillo for you, buddy!"

Places of Interest

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