Alhecama Theatre

The Alhecama Theatre is a part of El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park (SHP) located in downtown Santa Barbara. SBTHP recently completed the restoration of this special facility, which has had a continuous community use since its construction as the Pueblo Theatre in 1925. The beautiful interior, with its recently restored original oak floors, stage, and a mural by American artist Ross Dickenson, is an ideal location for weddings, lectures, social gatherings, and theatre events. 


Built for the Santa Barbara School of the Arts, the Alhecama Theatre was originally used for drama, music, and dance classes. Alice Schott purchased the theatre in 1939 when the school struggled due to the Great Depression. She renamed it the Alhecama after her daughters Alice, Helen, Catherine, and Mary Lou. Schott deeded the school property to the City of Santa Barbara School District in 1945 and it was used jointly by the Adult Education program and Santa Barbara Junior College, later renamed Santa Barbara City College, for many years.  It was purchased by the State of California in 1982 to become part of El Presidio SHP.


Alhecama Theatre is located at:

215 A E. Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara 93101 



140 people


Rental Rates (small groups):

$1,500.00 for 10 hours (please email Facility Rental Coordinator for multiple-day rates)

$150.00 Cleaning fee

$1,000.00  Damage/Cleaning/Security deposit    

$250.00 Key deposit

Optional $200.00 for chair and table set up and take down 


Rental Rates (large groups):

$2,500.00 for 10 hours ($200 per hour for additional hours)

$150.00 Cleaning fee

$1,000.00  Damage/Cleaning/Security deposit  

Optional $200.00 for chair and table set up and take down

Non-profit and co-sponsorship rates available. Email Facility Rental Coordinator for more information.


How to rent Alhecama Theatre for your event

1.  Check availability and complete rental agreement (Email Facility Rental Coordinator)

2.  Return rental agreement reservation form with a $500 non-refundable deposit

3.  Return rental/fee balance, security deposit, and proof of insurance.


All forms and payments must be submitted in person or by mail to:

ATTN: Facilities Rental Coordinator

Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP)

123 East Canon Perdido Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101


**SBTHP will only accept checks

(805) 965-0093  •  123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101-2215

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