La Cumbre Junior High School Theatre

Santa Barbara, CA


La Cumbre Junior High School is Santa Barbara’s oldest intermediate school. The Spanish-style school was designed in 1926 and is housed on a 21.95-acre campus on the Westside of Santa Barbara. Since the schools opening in 1928 the 1,063-seat theatre has been used as both an educational facility as well as a community theater.

The La Cumbre Junior High School Theater modernization was funded by the approval of a $75 million local bond measure. Santa Barbara Unified School District collaborated with 19six Architects to identify and develop the theaters scope of work. The modernization focused on enhancing the overall educational experience, and making the theater marketable to larger professional and public performances.

Modernization included:

Renovations – stage front/flooring, seating and wood flooring in auditorium, proscenium screens / crest, and theater walls.

Replaced – carpeting, gyp board ceiling, acoustical fabric wall panels, chandeliers and winches, back stage door, and light fixtures under balcony and lobby area.

Upgrades – accessibility, enclosed and increase the size of existing sound/lighting room, audio visual, lighting, dressing rooms, workshop and storage area, and HVAC.

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