The Boller Brothers, formally an architectural firm based in Kansas City, created many of the grand vaudeville theaters and later movie palaces found throughout the Western United States. Over 20 Boller Brothers theaters are included on the National Register of Historic Places. Their contribution to Santa Fe was the Lensic Theater, which combines Spanish Renaissance and Moorish inspired details in a grand 821-seat theater that first opened in 1931. Like many grand movie theaters, the Lensic fell into a period of being neglected, but it now has a second life. After being renovated and restored, it reopened in April 2001 as the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Its calendar of events is both packed and eclectic, and on any given night theater-goers may find a symphony, movie premiere, lecture, or even acrobatic circus.
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