Posted on October 21, 2022
| 7:58 p.m
The new campaign goal is $3 million to complete building repairs and upgrades, including moving the historic Land Office from the back of the property to H Street
Gathered beside the Lompoc Theater’s historic Land Office are Mark Herrier, LTP General Manager, left; State Senator Monique Limón; Lompoc Mayor Jenelle Osborne; Joan Hartmann, Santa Barbara County 3rd Circuit Supervisor; and US Rep. Salud Carbajal. (Sherrie Chavez Photography)
Members of the Lompoc Theater Project welcomed recently elected federal, state and local officials, as well as the Mayor of Lompoc and other city officials to the theater’s stage as the non-profit organization launched its Phase II fundraiser for “the pinnacle of a downtown Lompoc.”
The goal of the second campaign is to raise $3 million to replace part of the office building’s roof; Renovation of the facade and the offices on the upper floor; Relocation of historic Land Office from rear of property to H Street; and reclassifying/repaving the parking lot among other upgrades and repairs, Mark Herrier, executive director of the LTP, told attendees.
The event was attended by US Representative Salud Carbajal, 24th District; State Senator Monique Limón, 19th District; Joan Hartmann, Superintendent, Santa Barbara County 3rd District; Lompoc Mayor Jenelle Osborne, Lompoc City Manager Dean Albro; Lompoc 4 District Councilor Jeremy Ball; and Ashley Costa, executive director of the Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization and member of the LTP Advisory Committee.
Speakers praised the Lompoc Theater Project’s efforts to create civic enrichment for the city.
Lourdes Nilon, Vice President of Public Relations on the LTP Board of Directors, introduced each guest.
“The Lompoc Theater Project is superbly positioned to bring theater back to life for the first time in 40 years,” said Nilon. Teresa Garcia, a Lompoc native, will soon join Nilon as co-chair for local outreach, particularly to Lompoc’s Latino residents, Herrier said.
Hartmann praised the LTP for already having “a solid foundation”. “A lot of theater (restoration) projects have a hard time paying the costs, but the LTP already owns their land and the building – and rents out space,” she said. “This theater will be an economic engine for downtown Lompoc.”
Lompoc, with a population that is 60 percent Hispanic, is Santa Barbara County’s “most diverse city,” Hartmann said. She and others stressed the need for a cultural center in the heart of the city that would attract families and tourists alike with live theater performances and music.
“Together we have the power to change our current lack of live entertainment,” Herrier said. “This city hungers for a new identity.”
Leo Cortez, a Santa Maria native with a 35-year career in live theater, met Herrier while both were members of Santa Maria’s Pacific Conservatory Theater (PCPA). Cortez is now an LTP board member whose focus is on youth education and outreach.
Children of all ages and backgrounds thrive with an education in theater and the arts, and “we need funding” for students to participate, he said.
According to Herrier, the LTP has raised $500,000 since its inception by grassroots supporters in 2012. Donors this year included the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, the Towbes Foundation, the Hutton Parker Foundation, the Jackson Family Foundation and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, Herrier said.
Eric Oviatt, co-owner of the COLD Coast Brewing Company and native of Lompocer, called the LTP “a passion project for me too”. He and his partners only opened their doors six months ago, and he’s “tired of everyone leaving town on bank holiday weekends.”
The theater project, Oviatt said, “is the biggest cog in the machine” that is a revitalized downtown for the city of Lompoc.
The Lompoc Theater Project is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to community efforts to restore the historic Lompoc Theater and reopen it as a performing arts and film center, educational and community center and focal point of a revitalized downtown Lompoc.
Visit https://lompoctheatre.org/ for more information.