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Concerts, conferences, film screenings, galas, benefits, lectures, graduation ceremonies… all have a home at the Lobero Theatre.

Guide to Renting the Lobero Theatre

Concerts, conferences, film screenings, galas, benefits, lectures, graduation ceremonies… all have a home at the Lobero Theatre. Lobero Theatre Rental Guide 23-24

The Lobero Theatre is proud to be home to many of Santa Barbara’s outstanding performing arts organizations, including Opera Santa Barbara, The Flamenco Arts Festival, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and more. We welcome you to join this prestigious group by renting the Lobero Theatre yourself.

The community embraces this beautiful theatre as their own, with its uniquely intimate ambiance and historic charm. The Lobero is well-known for high quality programs presented in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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Bring your event to life at the Lobero!

We have a variety of spaces are available to meet your needs.

Gail Towbes Auditorium

Remodeled in 2013, this exquisite, ADA compliant space features wider seating with increased legroom, improved acoustics and lighting, expanded restroom facilities, and new heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems.


The Lobero’s exterior entrance was built in 2013 using the original 1922 plans of George Washington Smith and Lutah Maria Riggs.


Located behind the Lobero Theatre, the courtyard is the ideal setting for pre- and postshow receptions.

“Whether it's a multi-platinum artist or someone performing at the Lobero for the first time, the Lobero Technical staff treats everyone with respect and professionalism they deserve. The stage crew often sets the tone for the show, so the Lobero is fortunate to have a seasoned and fun staff that artists dig working with.”

Jeff TheimerDirector, New Noise Music Foundation

By the Numbers

Who We Are

19 Volunteer Board Members
70K+ Audience Members each year
180+ performances on avg each year, 30+ presented by Lobero LIVE
26 Current Corporate Sponsor Partners
1.9M+ page views on
16K+ fans and followers on Lobero Theatre social media channels
23+ Lobero e-newsletter subscribers
9K BACKSTAGEs printed  / 150,000 impressions online

Audience Demographics

52% Female
18% under 50; 49% between 50-65
66% Santa Barbara County
7% Los Angeles / Orange County
12% Ventura County
73% come from out of town specifically to attend an event at the Lobero
82% visit a restaurant or bar before or after the event

We're doing our part

It is our role as stewards of this great building to embrace the opportunity to invest in renewable energy, and to reduce waste wherever possible.

We use compostable cups, napkins, and utensils for all receptions and concessions events. We provide artist meal service on real dishes, supply performers with reusable stainless steel water bottles, and offer filtered water in the greenroom area – as well as water refill stations – in an effort to cut down on disposables throughout the venue. New concession stands also made the switch to wine and beer kegs, eliminating thousands of empty bottles and speeding up bartending services.

The Lobero’s stage lighting system has been updated to energy-efficient LEDs where possible, replacing hundreds of outdated stage bulbs. In addition, our recent impactful addition of solar panels on the Gail Towbes Auditorium rooftop will significantly reduce the Lobero’s reliance on traditional energy sources and add excess solar power to the local power grid.

As we do our part to make our venue a more environmentally-friendly place, we ask you to join us.

  • Make your gifts online
  • Remember to bring your pint cup or reusable water bottle for each show (you can purchase yours at our concessions)
  • Pay attention to posted signs with instructions on where to recycle, compost, and deposit trash

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Concerts, conferences, film screenings, galas, benefits, lectures, graduation ceremonies… all have a home at the Lobero Theatre.

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