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Lobero Theatre

33 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-963-0761
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Ranked #23 of 71 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Type: Theaters
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... more » 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. « less
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Santa Clarita, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Beautiful place. Just the right size, comfortable, good sound. If they build it they will come. But you need to let people know what is playing. We just happen to come a cross a small blurb on the musicians web site.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The Tuesday CAMA concerts are amazing, they have had Lang-Lang and many other stellar classical performers. I have seen several Beethoven piano concertos performed there. Really good acoustics and caring people

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Malibu, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Long ago I saw Donavan here. That is the kind of show you want to see. Legends and all intimate seating. A wonderful theater.

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Santa Barbara, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It was great to see a show in this location, but even better that it is, apparently, one of the oldest continuously operating theatres in California. The theatre is beautiful and right in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, so very convenient.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

When in Santa Barbara, look for events in this wonderful venue. It has 900 seats so performances are intimate and a bit pricey. This is a wonderful historic venue with great acoustics and just right for all occasions.

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Newport Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Loved getting to see the Lumineers here! They are a great band, and made it feel like a private viewing. Plush seating with a very cool low hanging light.

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Santa Barbara, CA
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a smallish, semi-circular theater and there is not a bad seat in the house. What's amazing is that the quality of the acts that come here are all first rate. Because of its intimate size, great acoustics, and first rate acts, I'd rate it my favorite concert venue ever.

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santa barbara
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

This is the oldest, continuously operating theatre in California that is a fabulous place to hear classical, rock, jazz or newfolk music, performed by big names like Jackson Browne or new music from an original program "Sings Like Hell". This building is an icon in Santa Barbara and if you visit you should definetly check out what's playing and attend... More

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santa barbara, california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We were lucky enough to enjoy Keola Beamer and his gorgeous Hawaiian slack-key guitar playing...in the intimate and historic ambiance of the Lobero Theatre..where every seat is a good one...what a terrific evening!

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New York City, New York
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The Lobero is right in downtown SB and is a fun plqce to see live shows. It feels like an old theater, a little dog earred with a lot of charm. I have been a couple times to see dance and the stage accomodates modern dance well. Most recently, I had come to SB to see Keigwin and Company perform... More

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