Scope and Content
Title: Lobero Theatre Archives,
Date (inclusive): 1869-
Date (bulk): (Bulk 1922-)
Collection number: PA Mss 4
Creator: Lobero Theatre
Extent: 110 linear feet (206 boxes)
University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Abstract: Organizational records of Santa Barbara California's Lobero Theatre, originally constructed in 1873 and reorganized and rebuilt
in 1924 by a group of community members. The county owned theater is run by the Lobero Theatre Foundation and has hosted over
4,000 productions since 1924, including dance, theater, music, film and community events. Records include administrative and
financial records, building files for the landmark building designed by Goerge Washington Smith, production files, photographs,
clippings and scrapbooks. The production files are comprehensive and include most of the major cultural icons of the 20th
Donated by the Lobero Theatre Foundation, 1994. Subsequent unprocessed addition (except for show files), PA Mss 1999-003 donated
Use Restrictions: Ownership of intellectual property rights retained by Lobero Theatre.
[Identification of item], Lobero Theatre Archives, PA Mss 4, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University
of California, Santa Barbara.
||Theatre Founded by Jose Lobero
||Lobero Theatre Incorporated
||New Buiding Built by George Washington Smith
||(August) First Production at the Lobero Theatre
For a detailed history see Otis Wickenhaeuser's
Captured dream: a Brief History of the Lobero Theatre (Special Collections PN2277.S432 W52 1990).
Scope and Content
The Lobero Theatre Archives are divided into ten series: I: Administration; II: Board; III: Building Files; IV: Clippings;
V: Committees; VI: Production Records; VII: Photographs and Posters; VIII: Video/Audio Tapes, IX: Scrapbooks and X: Artifacts.
Each series is descibed below under series descriptions. Highlights of the collection include a complete run of production
files from 1924-1997, with details on each event at the Lobero. Early production records are in scrapbooks, while later events
have a folder of information. The collection also contains architectural records and building files for the landmark building
designed by George Washington Smith, administrative records of the Lobero Theatre's administration and board.
- Community Art Association (Drama and Music Branches) files in the Community Conservation and Development Collection (SBHC
Mss 1) contain further information on the early history of the Lobero.
- The files of George Washington Smith and Lutah Marie Riggs (architects for the 1924 building) are in the UCSB Architectural