The Lensic goes out of its way to offer programming that appeals to more sophisticated audiences (not just your average performing arts series), and to provide a mixture of types of events at all price levels.
There is a film series with discussions, a lecture series, a dance series, and a classical music series. Young performers are featured in festivals, and the theater is also made available to important area organizations such as the fledgling New Mexico School of the Arts, allowing them to shine in a professional setting.
The Lensic is a generous community supporter, not just a profit-making entity, and it is one of the pillars of the Santa Fe performing arts community. The ornate, comfortable lobby and auditorium are welcoming and intimate.
Intermissions are the only smudge on this stellar theater's record. The small size of the lobby means that the two tiny refreshment counters are overwhelmed (place your order before the show to speed things up). The restrooms are actually outside the theater, down a couple of steps into a covered alley, and they are also subject to long lines at intermission time. This seems like a design flaw in the original building, and it is hard to see how the Lensic could do anything about it short of a multi-million-dollar project, but it's worth noting.
Parking can be a problem in downtown Santa Fe (a huge understatement, I know), but the city maintains a parking garage directly across the street from the Lensic. Normally, event parking is just five dollars there, and I've never seen it fill up entirely. Just allow a few extra minutes to walk from your parking place over to the theater, as you may be on an upper level.