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In the News
The ongoing efforts by the Lompoc Theatre Project to restore and reopen the historic theater have garnered the attention of local news reporters, and below are many of the published reports.
Members of the Lompoc Theatre Project’s Board of Directors thank members of local news media for sharing our story and detailing our efforts.
October 7, 2015: Major Milestone in Lompoc Theatre Restoration
October 7, 2015
Video: City votes to sell Lompoc Theatre deed to nonprofit group
January 23, 2015: Lompoc Theatre Project Inches Closer
December 15, 2014: Lompoc Theatre Project reveals plans
May 8, 2014: Following the signing of the MoU with City of Lompoc: Lompoc Theatre Project signs pact with city
March 2014: Lompoc Theatre Project presents updated plans
March 2, 2014: Rebuttal commentary written by LTP Board in response to cartoon: Truth about the Lompoc Theatre Project
In July 2014, LTP was featured as “Nonprofit of the Week” in EdHat, an online community news source.
The Santa Maria Sun
July 1, 2014, on the LTP being in escrow with the LHCDC: The historic Lompoc Theatre is in escrow
May 15, 2014, following the signing of the MoU with the City of Lompoc: Lompoc Theater edges closer to financial freedom
October 7, 2015
Noozhawk on the signing of the MoU with the City of Lompoc: City Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Lompoc Theatre Project
Santa Barbara News-Press
May 10, 2014
By SHELLY CONE, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT
It's been a long process but the Lompoc Theatre Project Corp. moved closer to reviving the historic building when the City Council paved the way this week for the group to take title. The next step for the group is to enter escrow on the building and start taking bids on renovating and repairing the theater.
The theater group needed approval of a memorandum of understanding from the City Council for the title transfer to take place and escrow to open. The council approved the memorandum Tuesday on a 4-0 vote, agreeing to transfer the building to the Theatre Project. Councilman Dirk Starbuck recused himself because he owns property near the theater and wanted to avoid a possible conflict of interest.
Mark Herrier, a Lompoc Theatre Project board member, said the memorandum was an important step in keeping the nonprofit's mission alive.
"Had this not happened this would be all over with," Mr. Herrier said.
Cecilia Martner, board president of the Theatre Project, said reviving the theater is important to the betterment of the community and preserving Lompoc history.
"This community would not be a live community if it didn't have a performing arts center, if it didn't have a venue for arts and culture, if it didn't have a venue for entertainment," Ms. Martner said.
Acknowledging that the community has seen several attempts to save the theater, Laurie Jervis, secretary of the Theatre Project, said the move proves this project can work.
"We are not the first group to try this but we are determined not to let it fall by the wayside. We've made more progress than any group to date," Ms. Jervis said.
The group has already begun to raise money for the much-needed repairs. The first fundraiser, held on April 26, raised several thousand dollars.
"We were really heartened by the people who came to our fundraiser. It was more than double the people we expected," Ms. Jervis said.
Board members have said they don't plan to do any extensive remodeling but simply want to take care of repairs, starting with fixing the leaky roof. Renovation is expected to cost $5 million and operating costs for the first year are estimated at $900,000. The Theatre Project has a full calendar of events scheduled for opening year.
The group isn't ready to release the calendar yet, but Ms. Jervis said Mr. Herrier, who has had a long career as an actor, writer and director, has many Hollywood contacts and the potential acts include some recognizable names.
"We're thrilled. I'm excited. I'm making it my mission to make this happen. We have a solid team and expert help," Mr. Herrier said.
On Aug. 29, the Lompoc Valley Historical Society hosted a dinner at the Lompoc Elks for the classmates’ 50th reunion, and during the festivities, alumni donated funds totaling $1,900 to the Lompoc Theatre Project.
LHS Class of 1964 LTP Donation
Ron Bock, left, board member and treasurer of the Lompoc Theatre Project, accepts a $1,900 check from Ken Main, a member of the Lompoc High School Class of 1964, during the LTP’s Volunteer Potluck Workshop on Sept. 18 at the Lilley Building.