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Lensic Performing Arts Center

211 W San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Ranked #11 of 112 Attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Performances
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Owner description: We are Santa Fe, N.M.'s premier performing arts center located in the historic Lensic Theater in the heart of downtown Santa Fe.Our MissionThe nonprofit Lensic Performing Arts Center enriches lives by bringing diverse art and people together in the historic Lensic Theater, a cornerstone of downtown Santa Fe since 1931. The Lensic presents and supports local and national artists and serves as a center for education, community and youth events through its accessible and affordable programming.

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plumas co.
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Went with friends to see an African singing group and were most entertained. The theatre could not have been more beautiful or comfortable. Parking was right across the street. I would not hesitate to return.

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Longmont, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We saw Dave Grusen and Lee Ritenour in a benefit concert for assistance dogs. The music was great -- the first half was mostly classical and the second half jazz. The charity they were benefitting is a wonderful program and we were inspired to begin making monthly donations to them.

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Davenport, Iowa
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We walked over to the Lensic from our hotel and had a very entertaining evening. The acrobats were amazing, and the theater was beautifully restored and comfortable. Nice to have such a great venue so close to where we were staying. The "Ambassador" volunteers were very helpful. The Lensic crowd is interesting for people watching too...a nice eclectic mix of... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Be sure to see what's at the Lensic Theater when you are in town. So easy to access with varied and interesting performances. I just happened to be in town when 2 researchers from the Saving Endangered Languages project, with funding from Nat'l Geographic, spoke and showed videos of endangered language hot spots around the world. Highly recommend.

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Odessa, Ukraine
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66 reviews 66 reviews
41 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Lensic is a very nice venue in the heart of downtown Santa Fe. I have attended couple of chamber concerts during the festival there.

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New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful old restored theater - not a bad seat in the house. Catch a performance if you can. Good acoustics and comfortable seats.

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Placitas, New Mexico
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Wonderful, homey place to watch a concert. Fantastic! Comfortable seating and you're close to the band. It will make your top viewing list.

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Tucson, Arizona
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44 reviews 44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The Lensic Performing Arts Center previewed the PBS production of "The Roosevelt's" in early September. I was lucky enough to get a ticket by standing in the lobby and looking forlorn and lost. It was my first, but certainly not my last visit. The Lensic is a beautiful old theater in Santa Fe with a full schedule of theater, music,... More

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This year we experienced both sides of the dance menu at Lensic. Seats are priced a bit high, but there is great availability even in season. This is a grand Moorish theatre design that offers good views from most of the orchestra.

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Dunedin, Florida
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143 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The Lensic is an intimate performing arts venue just off the Sante Fe plaza and just perfect for chamber music or a 2-3 person play or dance troop. It dates from 1931.

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