The next order of business in the auditorium is to refresh the Lobero’s beautiful mosaic ceiling. 89 years of dust, grime and cigarette smoke (remember when it was acceptable to smoke in public places?) have left their mark. It’s time to show that ceiling some love.
Watch the enormous scaffolding structure build up to 30 ft. tall over the course of five days, bringing the pros eye-to-eye with this gorgeous piece of history.
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.
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.)