The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts (SBCPA), a privately-funded 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1983, is dedicated to providing best-in-class production, sales and administrative support to arts organizations from throughout the Santa Barbara region, including its Historic Theatre District partners (Lobero Theatre and the New Vic Theatre) as well as its eight resident companies (CAMA, Music Academy of the West, Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Choral Society, Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, Theater League and UCSB Arts & Lectures).
The SBCPA’s most visible service is operation of The Granada Theatre. Purchased by the SBCPA in 2003, restored and reopened in 2008, The Granada Theatre has state-of-the-art electrical, sound, lighting and fly systems, large and up-to-date dressing rooms, as well as contemporary audience amenities. By providing a world-class venue with skilled house management staff, production staff, marketing and ticketing services staff, the SBCPA is making it possible for many of Santa Barbara’s finest performing arts organizations to present their programs with the highest level of contemporary production support and audience comfort.
A local landmark for almost a century, The Granada Theatre is the central coast’s premier performing arts venue. A very active venue, the 1,553-seat Theatre is open year round, providing a home for the eight resident companies, The Granada Theatre Concert Series as well as shows mounted by regional and national concert promoters. The Granada Theatre also has several film series audiences enjoy on the state- of-the-art all-digital, 4K HD resolution, DCI-compliant rear-projection system, with an accompanying 40’ screen and dedicated film-sound technology.
Unlike many performing arts centers around the world, The Granada Theatre does not receive ongoing financial support from local or state government. But, like most world-class theaters, The Granada Theatre covers only half of its annual budget through ticket sales and other earned income. This means that each year The Granada Theatre benefits from private funding and community support to maintain the level of excellence in programming and operations that our audiences and the theater’s eight resident companies expect. For more information on supporting The Granada Theatre click here.
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