SANTA BARBARA, CA — Attention! March 9th free Open House of the Granada Theatre’s 50M$ restoration/upgrade. Just the rare event CinemaTreasure fans will enjoy. While the restoration is a balance of “functionality, aesthetics and history” that might disappoint some purists, “Old photos and newspaper reports were referenced, and the final aesthetic design will include the best features from the venue’s past.” An artist’s rendering of the interior is enough “proof” for most that the drive up from LA will be worthwhile. Those game enough to make the trip without looking at the rendering should be pleasantly surprised.
Summarizing the opening celebrations
March 4 — A tribute to the theatre’s Hard Hats.
March 6 — The Opening Gala featuring performances by the theatre’s resident companies.
March 9 — Free Open House.
March 14 — Natalie Cole concert.
1216 State Street, Santa Barbara, California (805) 899-3000.
It’s the tallest building in town (8 stories) with a big parking garage right behind it. Go up (literally) State St, past the Granada on your right, make two rights to go down Anacapa St (a one way) to get into the garage. If full, continue down Anacapa for three more garages in the next three blocks. All are on your right. Map Link.