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Review of Lobero Theatre

Lobero Theatre
Ranked #58 of 170 things to do in Santa Barbara
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Owner description: The Lobero is California's oldest, continuously operating theatre. Originally founded in 1873 and rebuilt in 1924, it is recognized as one of Santa Barbara's architectural jewels and a State and City landmark.It is the home stage to most of the major performing arts groups in Santa Barbara including Opera Santa Barbara, State Street Ballet, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Speaking of Stories, Sings Like Hell, CAMA’s Masterseries, Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, Flamenco Arts Festival, Santa Barbara Theatre, Music Academy of the West, and many others.In addition to operating the venue for the community's use, the Lobero Theatre Foundation presents 20 Lobero LIVE performances each season to enhance the performing arts environment in Santa Barbara. The Lobero Live series brings touring artists that enrich the cultural offerings available, focusing on genres which are most suitable for the hall’s intimacy and acoustics, including jazz, blues, bluegrass and folk. The Lobero Theatre has recently been named one of the best jazz venues in the world by leading jazz magazine, DownBeat.
Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Vibrant venue”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2012

The Lobero Theatre is one of the cultural centers of the city of Santa Barbara with a wide range of performances in many different styles of music. We've attended several "Sings Like Hell" performances and have fallen in love with many new artists and music in genres we never would have expected to love. And we saw K.D.Lang here, whose phenomenal voice was set off to perfection by the Lobero's wonderful acoustics.

Visited August 2011
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Ojai
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A great little theater”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2012

This is a small venue, perfect for concerts and easy to access. I saw both Randy Newman and Brian Wilson her and it was the ideal place to really appreciate their music.

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Santa Barbara, CA, USA
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“A charming old theatre with amazing class”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

I have attended several events at the historic Lobero over the years. I have seen the Capitol Steps, Ram Das, Box Tales (performing Om, a retelling of the Ramayana), Cirque Eloise, and many other diverse acts. I'm not sure how they keep getting such quality acts in this downtrodden economy, but I never fail to be pleasantly surprised at how much fun I have watching them. It's a fairly roomy theatre, and the seats are old, but still cozy. Sound carries very well in the building. The Lobero staff should be considered champions of the Arts. It's a theatre that is largely kept alive by donations from the very generous old money patrons of Santa Barbara, so you always get a strong communal feeling when you watch a show there. Go Lobero!

Visited January 2012
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Santa Barbara, California
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“Nice theatre with great performances”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

Lots of great performances come to the Lobero. Unlike the Arlington and the Granada, this is a smaller theatre, seating around 400 or maybe 600 people. It feels more intimate, and even if you are sitting in the rear, you are not that far from the stage. Nice place.

Visited December 2011
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toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Old theatre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

Old, romantic theatre for plays, concerts. One of the oldest theaters in Santa Barbara.

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