Santa Barbara's

Historic Theatre District

Welcome to Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District, home to The Granada Theatre, the Lobero, the Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic.
Located in the heart of Santa Barbara, the three venues are within walking distance of each other, world class dining, retail shops, and other exciting cultural venues and events.

The Granada Theatre, the Lobero Theatre, and the Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic are leaders in the performing arts community of Santa Barbara. By working together as the Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District, these three theaters are ushering in a new era of cooperative programming and access to the performing arts to Santa Barbara’s savvy patrons and presenters.


The Granada Theatre
A local landmark for almost a century, The Granada Theatre provides a home for eight resident companies, The Granada Theatre Concert Series, and regional and national touring productions. The theatre features Santa Barbara’s only the state- of-the-art digital, 4K HD resolution cinema, with a 40’ screen to show feature length films. A recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, the theater is an historical icon that speaks to the central role the arts play in defining the communal life of Santa Barbara and the Central Coast region.


Ensemble Theatre Company
The New Vic Theater has been completely renovated into an intimate, contemporary, 300-seat theater that will not only serve as the permanent home for Santa Barbara’s professional theater company, Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC), but will also serve a rich variety of performing arts organizations throughout the year.


The Lobero Theatre
The Lobero Theatre 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. DownBeat Magazine has called the Lobero “a gem of a jazz room,” recognizing it as one of the world’s best venues for jazz year after year.