Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lensic Celebrates 10 Years

The historic Lensic Theatre, built in 1931, is now celebrating 10 years as Santa Fe's premier non-profit performing arts center.  Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn are fascinated with the ornate architecture as they pass by, but let me assure you, the theatre is even more spectacular on the interior.  Visitors and locals alike will want to be part of the upcoming 10 Year Gala Celebration on Saturday, April 16, at 5pm.

The Gala will feature performances by musicians, dancers, circus acts and more.  Imagine being able to see the Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Wise Fool and an Aspen Santa Fe Ballet School Soloist all in one night!  There will also be a Film Retrospective of The Lensic Theatre, showing the evolution of this historic landmark theatre through the past eight decades.  When the Lensic first opened it offered movies to Depression-weary Santa Feans for as little as $0.25, and also became a popular venue for vaudeville shows passing through the west.  The theater actually closed its doors in 1999 when it couldn't keep up with the technical advances required for modern-day movie screenings.  Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of arts lovers, the theater evolved to become the current home to many of Santa Fe's stellar arts groups as well as a stage for national and international performing artists.

For those holding Gala tickets, the fun continues after the performance with a dinner dance at the Lumpkins Ballroom of La Fonda Hotel, just two blocks away.  The festive dinner is black-tie optional, with dance music provided by Soulstice.

$25 and $50 for the Lensic performance only.
$250 includes Gala Dinner Dance at La Fonda and premium seating
Tickets may be purchased by phoning 505.988.1234 or online at TicketsSantaFe.org.

Lensic Performing Art Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM  87501

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