Lobero Theatre

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Lobero Theatre
Santa Barbara's Lobero Theatre, from Canon Perdido Street
Address 33 E Canon Perdido St
Santa Barbara, California
Coordinates 34°25′18″N 119°42′00″W / 34.4216°N 119.6999°W / 34.4216; -119.6999
Opened 1873
Rebuilt 1924
Reference no. 361

The Lobero Theatre, originally founded by José Lobero in 1873, is a historic building in Santa Barbara, California. It is at the corner of Anacapa and Canon Perdido Streets, less than a block away from the historic Presidio of Santa Barbara. The Lobero Theatre is registered as a California Historical Landmark.[1]


Built in 1873 as an opera house, the theater was rebuilt to Spanish Colonial Revival style designs by architects George Washington Smith and Lutah Maria Riggs for the Drama Branch of the Community Arts Association in the early 1920s, and opened in August 1924, during a period in which civic groups in Santa Barbara were beginning to unify the town's architectural look around a Spanish Colonial style.[2]

Present day[edit]

The theatre continues to host arts and cultural events on 250 or more days per year.

Because of its live acoustics and relatively small size it is particularly suited to chamber music.

The Music Academy of the West holds many of its summer concerts in the Lobero.


  1. ^ "Lobero Theatre". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  2. ^ Tompkins, Walker A. Santa Barbara, Past and Present. Tecolote Books, Santa Barbara, 1975. p. 94-5

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