Encore: Lobero Behind the Scenes

Go behind-the-walls with these behind-the-scenes photos

The Lobero Theatre has been dark for one whole month now, and the Schipper Construction crew has been hard at work with demolition. Seats have been removed, the bricks outside the building have been carefully removed and stored for later use, and interior walls are coming down for the (hooray) expanded restrooms.

Ever wondered how much space 680 seat cushions use when stacked? Turns out, they’ll fill an entire U-Haul truck. Check out peeks of original 1924 brick-work and other treasures hiding behind the drywall in these behind-the-scenes photos from June, shot by David Bazemore.

Lobero Theatre Loves Olive Trees

Lobero Theatre Foundation is saddened by the loss of iconic olive tree, but looks forward to Encore: Lobero enhancements

The Lobero Theatre Foundation Board and Staff were saddened yesterday with the removal of an 89-year-old olive tree in order to complete the larger scope of the Encore: Lobero preservation work. Acting as stewards of the historic Lobero Theatre, the decision-making process included input from the city’s Building Department, Arborist, Historic Landmarks Commission, and the Pearl Chase Society.

Encore: Lobero is a $7 million capital campaign undertaken by the Lobero Theatre Foundation Board of Directors for preservation and maintenance work including new seats, improved air flow, expanded restrooms, and ADA compliance upgrades to make the theatre viable for live performances for many years to come.

The Lobero Theatre Foundation Board loves this theatre as much as our fans, and has spent time and resources researching alternative solutions over the last two years. The Lobero olive tree was infected with a fungus, Verticillium wilt, which has been deteriorating the tree from the inside out. Given its delicate condition and impressive size, boxing and removing the large tree would have been impossible without sustaining further damage. Similarly it was determined that the new site work required to meet accessibility requirements would irreversibly damage the roots. We are exploring the possibility of planting mature olive trees that are more resistant to the fungus in their place.

Encore: Lobero continues 140-year tradition of the care and support of the Lobero Theatre from people in the community, including hundreds of donors and an all-volunteer Board of Directors. For more information, visit LovetheLobero.com.

 

Encore: Lobero campaign featured on KCLU this morning

KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that after two years of planning, and fundraising, work is underway on a major preservation and modernization project for the theater.

kclu_call lettersOur thanks to Lance and to KCLU for covering this story today, and to Lobero Theatre Executive Director David Asbell and the project’s knowledgeable designer Dawn Ziemer for their interviews.

Click on link to listen to/download story: Lobero Renovations

 

 

Lobero Theatre Gets an Encore!

Preservation Work Begins and the Lobero Theatre Foundation Thanks Donors, Volunteers and the Community

The Lobero Theatre Foundation is thrilled to announce that Encore: Lobero preservation work has begun at the Lobero Theatre. After two and a half years of fundraising, planning, expert review and permitting, the beloved Lobero theatre will now get some needed TLC.

“The Lobero owes a debt of gratitude to so many. To our very generous patrons and the people who faithfully attend Lobero shows. And to our staff and Board of Directors who serve with compassion and an inspiring sense of responsibility. And also to the historical, architectural, engineering, and planning experts who helped us preserve historic and architectural integrity while enhancing performance and audience comfort aspects so the theater remains viable.  We extend our heartfelt thanks.”
– Lobero Theatre Foundation Board President Jeff DeVine

During the week of June 3, the Encore: Lobero preservation work officially kicks off with the removal of original entry bricks, which will be stored, protected and then reused on the reconstructed entry way. The scope of work over the next six months includes new seats, ceiling preservation, interior painting, improved air flow, expanded restrooms, ADA compliance upgrades and other elements to make the theatre viable for live performances for many years to come.

For more information on Encore: Lobero, visit LovetheLobero.com.

The Bad Plus & Ojai Music Festival

Adventurous jazz listeners know the basic math involved in this equation:  tickets to see The Bad Plus = a great time.

Jazz’s favorite bad boys, The Bad Plus, heads back to the area to take the stage at Ojai’s Libbey Bowl next weekend to open the Ojai Music Festival on June 6. Along with works from their own collection, they’ll take on Stravinsky’s iconic “Rite of Spring” (check out the full festival preview from the Independent for more).

I’m eager to sing their praises after their recent Jazz at the Lobero season-closing performance at the Lobero with the Brad Mehldau Trio. These guys bring a ton of creativity in their instrumentation, and catchy odd-meter time signatures (Check out “Seven Minute Mind“). It’s clear that each musical choice is thoughtfully selected and balanced by the other members of the band.

Its these subtleties combined with their incredible musicianship that should serve Stravinsky’s vast score most. I mean, this is a band that clearly has a talent for uncovering the improvisational possibilities, remember their cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit“? Imagine what will they be able to do with one of the defining works in 20th century classical music.

See you in Ojai–

 Bad Plus May 3 Lobero

Check out the full gallery of patron reception photos from The Brad Mehldau Trio and The Bad Pus here.

Encore: Lobero
Preserving and Enhancing California’s Oldest Theatre

We’re putting on our hard hats and getting to work on Encore: Lobero!

You may have noticed some wear-and-tear throughout the building. This theatre has been well-loved, and well-used for 89 years.

The Lobero Theatre is ready for a second act, with the heavy lifting beginning on June 3. We’re going to replace the seats in the auditorium, upgrade heating and air conditioning systems, nearly double the size of both restrooms and bring the theatre up to meet modern accessibility codes with a safe and welcoming entrance. More at LovetheLobero.com.

While the Box Office will be closed, the Lobero Theatre Foundation is happy to answer any questions by calling 805-966-4946.

Stay tuned to this blog over the summer, where we’ll be chronicling the construction through photos, and gearing up for our 2013-2014 Encore Season. We’re keeping up with our Facebook and Twitter accounts too, so if you haven’t already please “Like” us and “Follow” along. (Pro tip: This is one of our favorite places to give out exclusive pre-sale codes and discounts.)

Stay tuned, and thanks for joining us here.