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Santa Barbara Based Theater Company Gets Million Dollar Grant Towards New Theater

Posted on Monday, November 28, 2011 12:44am


A Santa Barbara based theater company has received a major gift towards its efforts to build a new home.

Santa Barbara’s Ensemble Theater Company has received a million dollar gift towards its project to remodel the Victoria Street Theater, which will be its new home.

Ensemble has operated out of the Alhecama Theater for decades, but the existing facility is old, small, and hard to find.

The million dollar gift from Joan and Robert Rechnitz means that Ensemble has raised $6.4 of the $9.9 million dollars it says it needs to renovate the Vic.

The non-profit theater company hopes to start work on the project next spring, which will create a state of the art theater, with room for set, and prop storage, and up to date stage, seating, and restroom facilities.


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