Opened in 1924, the Granada has been the centerpiece of Santa Barbara’s downtown district for over eight decades. The building still holds the distinction of being the city’s tallest building (though under ten stories high), and withstood a devastating earthquake just a year after its opening. Most recently, the Granada underwent a lengthy and large-scale renovation, costing over $60 million, reopening to the public in 2008.
The Granada is home to many of Santa Barbara’s major arts organizations, including the Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara, State Street Ballet, and the Santa Barbara Choral Society. The theater features a wide diversity of performing arts on its stage including dance, theater, comedy, and music of all genres. A number of the world’s most renowned performing arts companies grace the stage here every year, as do several productions of classic Broadway plays past and present.
The Grenada Information
- Public Transportation: Fair
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good. Accessible at all seating levels.
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 60 performances per season.
- Ticket Prices: Vary depending on event.
- Educational/Community Outreach: The Granada’s Arts Ed program actively engages young performers in the region to develop an aptitude and appreciation for the performing arts. The program is divided into four segments: the Granada Music & Arts Conservatory, instructing children ages 4-19 in music, visual arts, creative writing and theater; Teen Writer & Actor Workshops; Visiting Artists Series, featuring lectures and talks with leaders in the performing arts industries; and the Yellow Bus Series, allowing local students access to low-cost exposure to the highest-quality performing arts in the region.