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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Built in 1931 with 1,000 seats, this Atmospheric style stunner served Santa Fe for sixty eight years as a movie house that also showcased music and live theater. It was designed by Robert O. Boller of the Boller Brothers architectural firm. Closed in 1999, the Lensic Theater 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 theater is a gathering place for the famous artistic community as well as a venue for music, theater, film, and more.

Contributed by Craig Hoopes, Dorothy Boller Hall

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 10, 2007 at 11:19 am

Another recent photo of the Lensic Theater can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 15, 2007 at 7:36 pm

Two recent photos of the Lensic can be seen here and here.

DonLewis on April 28, 2008 at 2:53 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 13, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Here is another photo of the Lensic Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 10, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Another 1982 photo is here.

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 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.

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