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The Lompoc Theatre Project, a nonprofit organization with the goal of renovating the Lompoc Theatre, is preparing to kick off its fundraising campaign for the historic site this weekend with its first benefit of 2014.

The fundraiser will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday with the goal of raising money for the escrow process, said Lompoc Theatre Project President Cecilia Martner. The group is still working to acquire the property rights to the theater and will need funds to complete the transfer, she said.

Remaining money raised from the fundraiser will be used to stabilize the roof after the property rights are transferred, Martner said.

The fundraiser, located at D’Vine Wine Bar and Bistro at 107 W. Ocean Ave., will feature local wines, a silent auction and entertainment, according to the Lompoc Theatre Project. The auction will include paintings from local artists and packages from Embassy Suites and Central Coast Specialty Foods.

Local band Saint Anne’s Place will play blues and soulful rock, and D’Vine will offer special prices on beer and wine as well as complimentary appetizers. Ticket prices are $25 and can be purchased online at or at the door.

“We have fantastic silent auction items,” Martner said. “Basically, we have a very generous community of artists. Now, we need the public to go and buy tickets.”

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The next event on the group’s schedule will be to attend the Lompoc City Council meeting May 6 and present a fundraising campaign strategy, a capital campaign strategy and an operational budget, Martner said.

Martner emphasized a need for volunteers to keep the nonprofit’s goals on track and to support the renovation and eventual reopening of the theater. The fundraiser will be one way to introduce the group’s goals for the theater to the community, she said.

“This should be a fun event for a much-needed cause,” Martner said. “If you think about downtown, (and) you have the Lompoc Theatre renovated, the whole (area) would become a different place. I think a lot of people in the community want that.”

Tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased at