SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Santa Barbara has a new jewel in its performing arts district.

The 80-year-old Victorian Hall Theatre just completed a $12 million dollar makeover.

It has 300 new seats, new lighting, a new sound system, an orchestra pit, a new entrance and a new name.

Campaign Co-Chair Derek Westen calls it the New Vic.

The transformation began when the Luria Family Trust bought the theatre from a number of non-profits that used to lease it month-to-month to the Ensemble Theatre Company.

Now the company has a permanent home.

A Curtain Up fundraising event starring Tyne Daily Saturday is already Sold Out.

But theater lovers can still by tickets to the after party and other shows.

A free event for children is being held next weekend.

The season opens with A Little Night Music starring screen legend Piper Laurie and Stephanie Zimbalist Dec. 5.

For more information, go to www.etcsb.org or call 805-965-5400