Santa Barbara Junior High School, Santa Barbara, CA
The Marjorie Luke Theatre Renovation
After a $2.5 million renovation, the historic, 808 seat, Marjorie Luke Theatre re-opened for operation as a public/ private partnership between the Santa Barbara Unified School District and the Santa Barbara Community Youth Performing Arts Center, Inc. (CYPAC).
The goal of "The Luke" is to provide a high quality, affordable, accessible, youth-friendly, performing arts venue to the students of Santa Barbara Junior High School and the Community at large.
KBZ worked closely with both groups, the Santa Barbara Unified School District and CYPAC, blending the needs of the District and that of a local community group.
The Marjorie Luke truly marks an exceptional work of art that will be preserved for many years to come. The building is a designated historical landmark in the Spanish Colonial style.
The new tiled foyer was carved out of the back of the original auditorium to include ticket booths and a central gathering area. The selection of tile at the new foyer was sensitive to the existing historic tiles used throughout the campus that are listed with the Tile Heritage Foundation. Refurbishment of the original wood theater seats includes adding upholstery and refinishing the wood and metal parts. A newly sloped concrete floor provides full ADA accessibility and a lift to the stage was included that does not interrupt any of the original decorative elements. State of the art theatrical equipment has been added with minimal impact to the existing interior design.
"The Luke became a place where the community is preserved and where it is constantly being enriched."
D.J. Paladino - Arts Writer, Santa Barbara Independent
2004 Coalition for Adequate School Housing Design Award
2003 AIA Architectural Excellence Historic Preservation