#GiveDay

Help us celebrate the Lobero by joining in our first Lobero Give Day on Wednesday, February 22–our 144th birthday!

“Give Days” are like a 24-hour digital pep rally, and we’re throwing our first this Wednesday. And, like any party, we want to invite all our friends to be there.

The Lobero is Santa Barbara’s community theater, a home for so many of our favorite memories; whether you performed on this stage, or watched a young performer here, so many of us got our first taste of the stage right here. The Lobero has been right here for 144 years, which, is pretty incredible. It’s been a big part of Santa Barbara history, standing proud since the big earthquake of 1925, seen each and every Old Spanish Days celebration, and remains the favorite venue for many top performers.

Making a gift on #LoberoGiveDay will help to ensure this community stage remains a viable community asset for many years to come. But don’t worry, if you can’t make a gift, there are other ways to get involved:

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  • We’d love to hear your stories on Wednesday, February 22. Please share a memory or story on Facebook and Tag us @LoberoTheatre. (Add the hashtag #LoberoGiveDay so we can keep track)
  • Would you be willing to share on your own page asking people to make a gift to support your favorite theater? Let us know, and we’ll send you everything you’ll need.
  • Save this cute photo and make it your temporary profile pic for the day.

Thanks so much to all our friends, fans, followers… We couldn’t do it without you!

RSVP here on Facebook

The Lobero Theatre: A Historical Shelter & Architectural Inspiration

In 1925, Santa Barbara experienced a devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake that resulted in 13 casualties and  eighty-five percent of the commercial buildings in Downtown Santa Barbara were destroyed or badly damaged. One of the only buildings left untouched was the Lobero Theatre.

Inspired by the 90th anniversary of the Santa Barbara earthquake, and the wonderful exhibit now on display at the The Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Emily Solomon takes us on a trip back in time…

Residents of Santa Barbara flocked to the Lobero for shelter and safety during this time. After the earthquake, there was lots of rebuilding that had to take place. One of the most influential architects on the project was George Washington Smith, who at the time was noted one of the most popular architects in the United States. During a California trip during WWI, Smith was visiting friends in Montecito. He enjoyed Santa Barbara so much that he ended up buying property to build himself a home and studio. His architectural style for the home was inspired by farmhouses he saw on a trip to Spain in 1914.

The Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style carried into his rebuilding efforts in Downtown Santa Barbara. Before the earthquake, the city’s buildings were mainly designed in the Moorish Revival style. In the end, Santa Barbara got a complete facelift and if the earthquake didn’t happen, we wouldn’t have the beautiful Spanish style homes and businesses that line our streets today.

The Lobero Theatre’s Mediterranean look also was a major factor during the rebuilding project. Smith and the other architects wanted the buildings to have uniformity, and the fact that the Lobero already had that Spanish look, made their decision to rebuild in that specific style even easier.

It is a remarkable history, and oh what stories this stage could tell! Santa Barbara has changed dramatically in 142 years, and the Lobero has always been at the heart of it all.

June 29 marked the 90th anniversary of the Santa Barbara earthquake. The Santa Barbara Historical Museum currently has a spectacular exhibit, showcasing still photographs and videos of footage of the earthquake. To take a sneak peak before visiting the exhibit, click here. 

Whenever you step into the Lobero Theatre, you feel like you’re in a space that has seen so much history and musical talent over the past 142 years. The Lobero shed a light on this, “History of a Community Stage” in the recent BACKSTAGE at the Lobero, which you can read here. This is just one more piece of history to recognize its historical importance, not just as a haven for great music fanatics, musicians, dancers and theatre enthusiasts, but also as a landmark of architectural brilliance and change.

 

Emily Solomon, Go-Content

Author Bio: Emily Solomon is no stranger to the Lobero Theatre. She recalls dancing in the theater during her early teenage years. While she spends most of her time writing content for local Santa Barbara businesses and for online publications, she always manages to escape to her favorite music venue to hear her favorite tunes and discover new artists to love. Emily is a graduate of Emerson College with a degree in Writing and Publishing. She currently runs an online content business called, Go-Content. Contact her at emilyfaye@go-content.com

What People are Saying: Encore: Lobero Preservation work, one year later

The Lobero Theatre: Newly Refurbished, bolder sound and history in between

Guest post by Emily Solomon

Whether you’re a native Santa Barbarian or you haven’t been in this beautiful paradise for very long, it’s likely you have  seen at least one show at the Lobero Theatre. It’s hard not to get addicted to the intimate atmosphere the theater provides, bringing anyone who crosses its path that much closer to the magic of live entertainment. After 140 years of award-winning performances, the recent “Encore: Lobero” preservation work of the Lobero Theatre has proved that the music truly still lives on in this historic landmark.

“Fantastic restoration of the theater. Thanks so much for preserving history for all to enjoy.”

In 2013, with the compassion and desire of board members and generous contributions from the Santa Barbara community, the renewal of the Lobero Theatre was ready to begin. This construction project was no small task. Because the theater has been around since 1873, it’s a historical landmark. The Foundation design team worked diligently with the Historic Landmarks Commission, historians and archivists to ensure that the changes to the Lobero Theatre would keep with the architectural integrity of the original theater. The Lobero Theatre was going to get a much-needed facelift with the following end goals: new seats, ceiling preservation work, interior painting, improved air flow, expanded restrooms and ADA compliance upgrades throughout.

“The Lobero is one of Santa Barbara’s crown jewels! I wanted to cry when I first saw what you have done for this beloved venue! Excellent work you guys!”

Today, every patron that walks through the beautiful Lobero Theatre is able to enjoy new, comfortable seats, a heating and air conditioning system that have improved airflow within the theater immensely. Restrooms have also been enlarged to meet today’s accessibility requirements. The theater is now equipped with eight wheelchair spaces and areas for companion seating. For hearing impaired patrons, the auditorium is now wired with Hearing Loop technology, allowing patrons wearing hearing aids to adjust their devices to amplify the sound to their comfort.

“Your new seats are sooo comfy!”

This is truly what makes supporters of the Lobero so special. No matter what walk of life you are, we all have the right to hear and appreciate the art of live performance. The Santa Barbara community understands that through and through.

The outside of the building has also undergone necessary changes too. The walkway to the main entry is now equipped with a compliant ramp and level landings at the top and bottom. The area where many people enjoy mingling on before and after shows, was redone to create a level area for patrons to gather safely. The Paseo at the side of the theater was re-paved with brick and a new ramp leading to the Green Room stairs,a nd side steps have been put in place to meet code.

“Beautiful historic feel, love the attention to detail.”

If you haven’t gotten the chance to experience the new and improved theater, there are some huge acts to check out. See for yourself why the Lobero Theatre is where the fantasy world of music lovers comes to life.

 

Read more audience comments:

  • “I love the Lobero. Wonderful facelift. Every time I am here, I feel the spirits. The place just resonates with wonderful energy.”
  •  The Lobero is the perfect size. Not too big, not too small. Perfect for a Tierney Sutton concert!!
  • Great remodel, especially the ‘loos!
  • I used to dance on the Lobero stage as a young girl. Fond memories and still my favorite theatre.
  • My family appreciates the theatre donating tickets to senior living facilities; my dad is able to participate in that.
  • Still the best musical venue in Santa Barbara.
  • You do a wonderful job of enriching my life and the lives in our community.
  • My first visit, but it’s beautiful! I love the seats and ceiling!
  • Just the right size venue. Every seat is a good seat. Beautiful interior, comfortable new seats and newly enlarged men’s restroom. Small town location and ‘feel.’
  • While the mission may be our Queen, the Lobero is definitely our Princess. So proud of our town and how the Lobero is this beautiful jewel in our crown.
  • How wonderful to see that the Lobero is still the fantastic, vibrant venue I remember! Kudos to all involved in preserving and enhancing of this fabulous theatre.
  • I moved here from Chicago a year and a half ago. I have seen amazing dance, music and films here. Thank you for all the wonderful events that help make me feel a part of the community.

Emily Solomon, Go-Content

Author Bio: Emily Solomon is no stranger to the Lobero Theatre. She recalls dancing in the theater during her early teenage years. While she spends most of her time writing content for local Santa Barbara businesses and for online publications, she always manages to escape to her favorite music venue to hear her favorite tunes and discover new artists to love. Emily is a graduate of Emerson College with a degree in Writing and Publishing. She currently runs an online content business called, Go-Content. Contact her at emilyfaye@go-content.com

 

Quisicosas, 1951

The Lobero has a shared history with Old Spanish Days Fiesta, and we love to Viva.

In true #TBT (Throwback Thursday) style, Check out this gem from a 1951 production of Quisicosas at the Lobero Theatre. There is so much to enjoy in this vintage program — from the Spanish pronunciation guide, to the inserted flyer for the Music Academy of the West‘s Summer Festival Gala, with tickets for $3! Not to mention the old phone numbers and the fact that you can still eat at El Paseo before a show at the Lobero.

“And today, In the year 1951, Fiesta seethes again around and within Lobero. Santa Barbarans and their guests reliving the days of the past, and holding fast to those traditions that lend enchantment to life for all who dwell here.” (pg 4, Quisicosas program) 

Click, and enjoy.

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Lobero Theatre carriage, Old Spanish Days Fiesta parade, 2014. Photo: Stephen Adams

Lobero Theatre carriage, Old Spanish Days Fiesta parade, 2014. Photo: Stephen Adams

Viva La Fiesta!

 

 

 

 

Violin Femme, Back again

Violinist Adrienne Biggs returns to play the Lobero after her debut in 1975

This story came in through the Lobero’s Facebook page.
“I played my first violin concert at age 9 at the Lobero, and am super excited to return “home” nearly 40 years later for Danny Click’s show on May 3, as his fiddler!” – Adrienne Biggs

Adrienne Biggs, aka, Violin Femme, and her musician parents (Grammy-winning singer/arranger Salli Terri and Ojai-based composer John Biggs) lived in Santa Barbara in the 1970’s. Mom, Salli, also taught at UCSB. The Biggs family played the Lobero Theatre on Dec. 17,1975. (Check out the photo in front of the Lobero’s kiosk!)

Adrienne mentions on her facebook page that she didn’t have the typical upbringing: “Instead of vacations, our family toured professionally in nearly 30 countries, performing an eclectic program including Renaissance to Americana music on period instruments that we owned, like harpsichord, piano, krumhorns, hurdy gurdy, recorders, hand bells, portative organ, rauschpfeife and of course, violins.”

After playing in youth and then professional orchestras and ensembles, in the early 90’s Adrienne moved to San Francisco and played with numerous bands in all of the notable venues, including Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs, who take the stage by way of Sings Like Hell this Saturday, May 3.

Learn more at about Adrienne at ViolinFemme page on Facebook, or check out DannyClick.com. Better yet, buy your tickets today.

If you have history with the Lobero Theatre, tell us your story! We’d love to hear it.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival & Lady Lutah

SBIFF moves into the Lobero for another fabulous festival season

Not to miss at the Lobero this year:

  • New documentary film, Lutah, honors one of the Lobero’s–and Santa Barbara’s–foremost female architects

  • Panels, Panels, Panels!

  • Minipacks on sale now at the Lobero Box Office

LUTAH explores the life of a little-known architect who left a big legacy.  Lutah Maria Riggs navigated her way through the male-centric world of architecture and brought a freshness to the established architectural styles of Southern California — Including, the Lobero Theatre. This film will be shown at the Lobero on Friday 1/31 at 11 am and again on Wednesday 2/5 at 4:30pm. Read the full description here.

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Riggs was responsible for the columns and capitals of the Lobero Theatre remodel and for design elements of the historic El Paseo complex and Casa del Herrero. Smith financed her second commission, her own home called Clavelitos in Montecito. The Lobero Theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Get ready for an amazing round of panel discussions with top industry talents.

These eagerly anticipated Q&A’s are a festival highlight year after year, offering insight in the multi-faceted journey from script to screen.  SBIFF brings in the best of the best to discuss their trials and triumphs.

Don’t miss the Directors Panel, Producers Panel, VFX panel, Writers Panel and Women’s panels at the Lobero this year.

Purchase Minipacks for 4 or 10 films at the Lobero Box Office.

Package holders get to enjoy a new feature this year to reserve your spot in line. Check in for the desired film one hour before start and grab your “cue card.” Be sure to return 20 minutes before the credits roll, and you’re in. ProTip: Minipacks are great to share, that way no one gets the screen-fatigues.

Viva la film Fest. As always, keep an eye out on the TBA listings, and we’ll see you at the theatre.

Thanks to Santa Barbara Seasons, LutahMariaRiggs_Seasons_Fall12-web, click for full story. Photo Courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Holiday Wishes

The Lobero Theatre Foundation would like to wish all of our friends and fans a wonderful holiday season.

We hope you’ll join us tomorrow night, December 17, for a Holiday Open house from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy self-guided tours, refreshments, music by Vocal Point, and holiday cheer galore. Free!

If you haven’t had a chance to come by and catch a show yet, this is a great opportunity to check out the refreshed space.  Click to read our invitation

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Lobero Theatre Welcomes New Olive Trees

Lobero Theatre Foundation plants mature, fungus-resistant Olive Trees to replace those lost during construction.

We heard you! The Lobero Theatre Foundation celebrates the arrival of two new olive trees, planted on Thursday, November 7 as replacements for those removed during Encore: Lobero construction due to their poor condition caused by a fungus in the soil. This posed a particular challenge to the Lobero–not only to find suitably sized replacements, but also to make sure that the new trees will be resistant to the Verticillium that infected their predecessors. Lobero Theatre Board member Tim Casey and his wife Louise stepped up to the task, traveling all the way to Visalia in order to find the perfect trees.

“We as the Board took this responsibility
very seriously; we knew the trees were very important.
To be able to honor the community’s wishes and
preserve this aspect of the Lobero’s history
was the best possible outcome.”
– Tim Casey, Lobero Theatre Foundation
board member

Bob Cunningham, of Arcadia Studio Landscape Architecture, reports that the newly planted olive trees are of the Ascolano variety, which is the oldest verticillium-resistant variety in terms of its presence in the United States. The larger tree trunk has the same knobbed characteristics of the previous tree, and enjoys a healthy height and span on the Lobero lawn. The ages of both trees are believed to be near 75 years old with the larger of the two closer to 100 years old.

All photos by David Bazemore.

Ghost Stories

“The Lobero Ghost Project”

The intrepid Matt “Muahaha” Mazza, of the Santa Barbara Sentinal spent a few chilling hours in the Lobero Theatre last week in his own “Blair Witch Project” to bring us a spooky Halloween story. Read all about Matt’s experience in the full story below and here

The Lobero  has stood on its current spot for 140 years, racking up thousands of live performances, hours of raw emotion in theatrical performances, energy spent in musical performance… seems like an ideal playground for spirits.

“Theaters are places filled with lots of intensity, places that are full of meaning.
I think some of that energy remains.” – Nancy Moore, former executive director

The Lobero Theatre staff and stage crew make allowances for our, how shall I say, ‘bodily-challenged’ guests, by leaving a light on all night, every night – the Ghostlight.

First, and most commonly encountered, is former stagehand and night watchmen, Harry Pideola. Harry passed away in the theatre, and continues to make his presence known to staff here alone after dark, stomping around or playing tricks. The other, Dr. Frank Fowler, a founding member of the Alcahema Theatre Group, has been known to turn up in the crowd or wings of the stage in his top hat and tails, eager to share in that curtain call.

We’ve embraced the philosophy behind the ghostlight and the “spirits” of the Lobero for a select group donors, who keep the lights on and the “muses” at home in this historic hall. (Learn more about this crucial group, and email Jim Dougherty if you have any questions.)

As we stand on the edge of the Lobero’s next 140 years, it’s fun to look back, and see what memories remain–some, more viscerally than others… I’m looking at you Harry. 

Happy Halloween!

*originally posted October 30, 2013

 

Special Edition: Editors’ notes

Go behind the scenes with this special edition of Backstage at the Lobero

With our newest issue of Backstage at the Lobero landing in mailboxes, and digital distribution now complete, I wanted to follow up with a few personal notes about this special edition, as the editor. Starting from the cover — a striking image of the Gail Towbes Auditorium without any seats in it — to the personal stories of contractors, donors, and passionate friends who have made all this possible.

I had been hesitant to show photos of the theatre during demolition, close-ups of cobwebs and the general grimy nature of construction… I didn’t want our friends to worry about what was happening behind closed doors, but I wanted to share some of the exciting bits of renovation. (Full disclosure: I’m an avid DIY-er in my own home, and fan of all the related television series.)

As with any issue of BACKSTAGE, it’s the stories that have the most heart, and remind us why the Lobero is Santa Barbara’s favorite theatre. For example, the Lobero’s newest board member, Steve Hayes, shares a personal story about meeting legendary jazz-man Wynton Marsalis with his son. Comedian Jonathan Winters‘ memorial was held at the Lobero Theatre earlier in 2013, and many stories and photos of him and his friends at the theatre came to light. This is also the first time the Lobero LIVE has listed some of the exciting Encore Season events, so remember, you’re the first to read about them. (Stay tuned, more to come!)

The issue can be downloaded here, if you have, or create, an account. Enjoy it on your digital device, anytime.

 

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BACKSTAGE AT THE LOBERO

Behind the scenes of 
Encore: Lobero Preservation work 

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Don’t forget, the Lobero will re-open in December with new seats, bigger restrooms, heating and air conditioning, and improved access for all patrons as a part of Encore: Lobero. Learn more at LovetheLobero.com.