Santa Fe's Nonprofit Performing Arts Center
The Lensic is Santa Fe’s year-round home for the performing arts, offering a variety of performance, education, and community programs to enrich the lives of everyone.
The Lensic Performing Arts Center enriches lives by bringing diverse art and people together in the historic Lensic Theater, a cornerstone of downtown Santa Fe since 1931. The Lensic presents and supports local, national, and international artists and serves as a center for education, community events, and youth events through its accessible and affordable programming.
Santa Feans have been gathering at The Lensic since 1931, when it opened its doors as the city’s grandest movie palace and vaudeville stage. Built by local merchant Nathan Salmon and his son-in-law, E. John Greer, the “Spanish-Moorish” style theater was officially dedicated to the people of Santa Fe. After decades as a movie house, The Lensic closed briefly in the late 1990s for a multi-million-dollar renovation project, led by visionaries Nancy and Bill Zeckendorf and supported by the Santa Fe community. With its original beauty restored and state-of-the-art production capabilities added, the theater relaunched in April 2001 as the nonprofit Lensic Performing Arts Center. Today, it’s as magnificent as ever.
Who We Are
Behind the Scenes
Work at The Lensic
All positions at The Lensic are filled at this time.
About Lensic Presents
Lensic Presents Season
The Lensic Presents Season is announced in the spring and includes a variety of artists of local, national, and international acclaim.
National Theatre Live in HD
National Theatre brings the best of British theatre to cinema screens around the world.
The Met: Live in HD
The Lensic and The Santa Fe Opera present The Metropolitan Opera live on screen, as well as encore performances.
Great Art on Screen
A series of seven documentaries, featuring an in-depth look at the most extraordinary and groundbreaking artists.
Big Screen Classics
Several times a year, we provide free movies on the big screen.
The Lensic is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations to The Lensic are tax-deductible and fund the preservation of our historic building, maintenance of our state-of-the-art stage, and the growing performance, education, and community programs we offer for all.
In 2018, The Lensic received its third consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity assessment organization. Four stars (the highest possible rating) indicates that The Lensic follows best practices and executes our mission in a financially efficient way. Click here to visit our page and full evaluation on CharityNavigator.org.
To view The Lensic’s most recent 990s and our most recent financial statements, please click on the links below.