Theater + Performing Arts
Santa Barbara is more than just beautiful beaches. It is also home to a number of grand historic theaters, as well as a variety of smaller contemporary venues, all offering an abundance of cultural happenings. The University of California Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures series annually presents more than a hundred critically acclaimed, world-renowned artists, authors, performers, lectures and films at area venues. On any given night, classical music, opera, experimental theater, rock concerts, or Spanish-Mexican traditional dance and music, fill the halls of this cultured coast.
Just seeing this historic 2,000 seat mission revival style theater, with a faux-Spanish village interior, complete with a ceiling of twinkling stars, is worth the price of admission. Enjoy movies, concerts, lectures and more. 1317 State Street, 805.963.4408, thearlingtontheatre.com
Santa Barbara’s professional resident theatre company, engages audiences with entertaining, compelling and thought-provoking productions, ranging from important new plays to innovative interpretations of the classics. 33 West Victoria Street, 805.965.5400, ensembletheatre.com
The beautiful ocean-side campus is home to one of the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted young classical musicians, providing them with the opportunity for advanced study and performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. Attend one of the 200 annual public events, many of which are free . 1070 Fairway Road, 805.969.4726, musicacademy.org
Home to many of Santa Barbara’s outstanding performing arts organizations, this is California’s oldest, continuously operating theatre. Originally founded in 1873 and rebuilt in 1924, it is widely recognized as one of Santa Barbara’s architectural jewels and designated as a State and City landmark. 33 E Canon Perdido Street, 805.966.4946, lobero.com
Founded in 1994, this treasured organization has presented over 48 exciting operas of the highest caliberand provided thousands of hours of educational programs to the community. Past productions have included everything from La Bohème to A Streetcar Named Desire. 805.898.3890, operasb.org