Lensic Performing Arts Center

211 W. San Francisco Street,
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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Lensic Performing Arts Center - November, 2010

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Opened June 24, 1931 with Warner Baxter & Janet Gaynor in “Daddy Long Legs” plus a stage show. With 1,000 seats, this Atmospheric style stunner served Santa Fe for 68 years as a movie house that also showcased music and live theatre. It was designed by Robert O. Boller of the Boller Brothers architectural firm. Some remodeling work was carried out in the late-1940’s by architectural firm Brittelle, Ginner & Neuner. Closed in 1999, the Lensic Theatre recieved a $8.2 million restoration after a successful fund raising effort led by Ms. Nancy Zeckendorf of Santa Fe, who serves as Chair of the Board.

Known since 2001, as the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the theatre is a gathering place for the famous artistic community as well as a venue for music, theatre, film, and more.

Contributed by Craig Hoopes, Dorothy Boller Hall

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wtmarch
wtmarch on August 3, 2007 at 2:58 am

Nice work! Your old buddy from Toronto Canada, now living in Manila, Willy M. –

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on August 3, 2007 at 10:37 am

The Lensic needs to restore the vertical it looks to blah without it. brucec

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 28, 2008 at 2:53 pm

1987 photos of the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe here, here and here.

brianm9943
brianm9943 on May 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I first came across the Lensic when I moved to area in 1993. I took in a movie (To Wong Fu with Love – Julie Numar?) just so I could take a look inside. There were rumors about closing it at the time. I haven’t been back to see the renovations, but I’m glad they removated it rather than close it.

misterboo
misterboo on August 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm

This was the place where I saw Star Wars in ‘77. It was my small town equivalent of the Village Theater in Westwood.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 18, 2016 at 8:36 am

June 24th, 1931 grand opening ad in the photo section.

sconn
sconn on October 19, 2016 at 7:34 am

I miss when it was a movie theater. Saw Gary Oldman in “Immortal Beloved” there, Woody Allen’s “Everyone Says I Love You” multiple times, great times

(Evangelo’s, the bar where Jeff Bridges performed in Crazy Heart (and in the forthcoming Granite Mountain) is just across the street to the right of the photo).

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 25, 2017 at 8:14 am

Morbid photo of the Lensic in 1968 added.

hondo
hondo on November 26, 2017 at 5:41 am

Somewhere I read or was told that the letters L-e-n-s-i-c are the first letter of the names of the original owner’s children. Spectacular place.

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