Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her husband, Brad Hall, have made the first major donation to the Lompoc Theatre Project, kicking off the nonprofit’s capital campaign to restore and reopen the theater, board members announced.
Louis-Dreyfus, known as Elaine Benes from “Seinfeld,” just won her ninth overall and fifth consecutive Emmy Award for her role as Selina Meyer, vice president of the U.S. in the HBO series “Veep,” which she also produces.
Hall is a writer/producer/director/actor best known for television shows like “Saturday Night Live,” “Frasier” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm." He met Mark Herrier, president of the board of directors of the Lompoc Theatre Project (LTP), while they were both students at Allan Hancock Community College and members of Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA).
“To have the support from your friends is always special. But when your friends are renowned for their philanthropy, have worldwide reputations and only donate to select causes that make a difference to our state, our nation and our world; for them to include Lompoc as a part of that is special indeed,” Herrier said.
“We are thrilled and honored to be involved in the Lompoc Theatre Project,” said Louis-Dreyfus, a member of the Television Academy Hall of Fame. “We are firm believers that this theater will be the beating cultural heart of the community.”
“I was born in Santa Barbara County, and can’t wait to see this project start, finish and flourish,” Hall added. He and his wife live part time in the county.
LTP will utilize the couple’s donation to remove hazardous materials from inside the theater, which has been shuttered since the late 1980s. Earlier this year, the board completed testing for mold, asbestos and other potentially hazardous substances, and secured a quote from a professional remediation team. The next task will be to repair and eventually replace the roof, which has several leaks and other structural damage.
The Lompoc Theatre Project is a nonprofit working to restore the Lompoc Theatre as a venue for arts, entertainment, culture and education for the community and its visitors.
For more information, visit lompoctheatre.org.