Lompoc Theater

112 N. H Street,
Lompoc, CA 93436

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Constructed in 1927 by the Lompoc Knights of Pythias, the Lompoc Theater is located on North H Street. The Lompoc Theater opened on May 27, 1927 with premier showings of George Sydney in “Lost at the Front” and Andy Grump’s “Circus Dazs”. It hosted traveling vaudeville, local dramatic productions and movies. Dressing room area was located under the stage with access via door into orchestra pit and via stairs to backstage area.

Theater was closed for fourteen days in December 1954 for a remodeling, reopening with Elizabeth Taylor in “The Last Time I Saw Paris”. It had a new marquee, new seating and expanded lobby. New bathroom configuration eliminated stairs to the “crying room” and projection booth. Access to upstairs is now via stairway from exterior, which also accesses second floor office space. Crying room is no longer a feature. Previously, the lobby did not include a snack bar and ticket booth was in the center of outside foyer. The remodel project placed the ticket booth to the side, accessible into a newly expanded lobby, including snack bar. A CinemaScope screen was also added in the remodel.

When constructed in 1927, the theater was considered the most technologically advanced facilities on the West Coast. The projection room includes a 1950’s tube powered sound amp system, a very old Simplex projector and relatively new platter system.

Closed since the 1980’s, in March 2008, plans were confirmed to restore the building into a performing arts center, to be named the Calvert Performing Arts Center. Work was planned to begin in three months, with a fall or winter 2009 opening for the project, which is costing just under $9m.

Contributed by Dennis Headrick

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 2, 2007 at 4:03 am

Here is a recent photo of the Lompoc Theater.

kencmcintyre on March 22, 2008 at 12:58 am

The renovation is slowly getting underway. About time.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 4, 2009 at 12:44 am

This is a nice 2009 photo.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 4, 2009 at 1:36 am

The Lompoc Theatre’s official web site appears to be dead. I’m getting a 404 error.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 4, 2009 at 1:41 am

Maybe it has something to do with all of the cutbacks being made in California by Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger.

MagicLantern on February 9, 2010 at 1:35 am

2010 and the site is still dead. Judging from that ‘84 photograph, the Lompoc is emblematic of the small town theatre – there’s even a Christian Science Reading Room next door!

Tinseltoes on August 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Possibly unlisted at Cinema Treasures is this 1973 arrival: Boxoffice

Lompoc_Theatre_Project on November 15, 2013 at 4:40 am

Update! Local nonprofit organization working to restore, reopen Lompoc Theatre as multi-use stage/screen venue! Get on board at LompocTheatre.org, or facebook.com/Lompoc.Theatre.Project

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