Lobero Theatre board and staff ride in the 2012 Fiesta Parade
It all began in 1924…
Tracing the history of the Lobero Theatre’s reopening and Old Spanish Days Fiesta
The grand opening of Santa Barbaraʼs rebuilt Lobero Theatre took place on August 4, 1924, with the play Beggar on Horseback. Nine days later, on August 13, 1924 another horse-related event took place just around the corner on State Street, soon to be known as the ﬁrst ofﬁcial Fiesta parade. Given that these two celebrations occurred so close together, was there a connection?
See July’s gallery of Behind-the Scenes construction photos
Encore Lobero is entering its second month of preservation work, which means we’re almost one-third of the way through!
The new restrooms are taking shape with framing in place, and plumbing and electrical coming up soon. New concrete has been poured and other sub-floor work in the auditorium is now done, which means immense scaffolding structures are being built to allow painters to reach and refresh the mosaic ceiling. The ceiling renewal work may be one of my personal favorite touches of the Encore: Lobero scope — I can’t wait to see that iconic ceiling restored to its original jewel-tone glory.
Tessitura Learning & Community Conference
San Francisco, July 14-18
The LTF recently sent five staff members up to the San Fran for five days of software knowledge and professional training as part of the Tessitura Network (#TLCC13). We had a blast meeting and mingling with theatre personnel from all over the world and our own backyard, joining our colleagues at the Granada Theatre and Arts & Lectures. Now we’re all armed with new tricks and tips from the world of ticketing and fundraising.
Summer is in full swing, and the LTF team is out there enjoying it. Check out this fun postcard we received with some words of encouragement. Obviously this friend-of-the-theatre is getting their kicks in Paris.
Can we open a fantastic renovated Lobero Theatre in December? Yes we Can-Can!
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 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.
If you’ve been down Canon Perdido Street in the past two weeks, you’ve seen that the theatre’s renovation is well under way. Here’s a quick introduction to some of the key players behind-the-scenes of the Encore: Lobero project:
Visit LovetheLobero.com for more details about the campaign, and keep coming back for more fun photos and videos of our Preservation in Progress!