Magic Castle to Open Second Location - Inside Magic
LA Magazine reports today that The Magic Castle will soon open a second location in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. According to the magazine’s website, the second location will be called the Magic Castle Cabaret and overlook a lake and nature preserve in Montecito. The location was the former home of the Casa del Sol restaurant and events center. “The structure is about a fifth the size of the Hollywood castle and will feature a 50-seat theater and a lounge. Milt Larsen co-founded the original private membership club for magicians in 1963 and spent decades shaping the building into a labyrinth of dining rooms, theaters, and exhibition spaces, incorporating architectural castoffs from historic L.A. mansions. He now splits his time between Hollywood and Santa Barbara and wanted a club for his friends up north.” Mr. Larsen told the LA Magazine reporter, “I’m gonna make it look like a castle with a lot of stained glass and woodwork,” Larsen said. “It will strictly be devoted to close-up magic and variety arts. We might have an evening with Richard Sherman or a comedian. It’s a gorgeous little place with a lakefront view.” Mr. Larsen purchased site in June 2016. At the time of the sale, the location at 30 Los Patos Way was listed for $2,350,000. It consists of just under 4,000 square-feet of restaurant space and sits on an almost 12,000 square-foot parcel of land adjacent to the Andree Clark Bird Refuge. The new location is within walking distance from Santa Barbara’s East Beach and Montecito’s Coast Village Road. There is no word on the membership policies for the new club. We will keep you up-to-date as we learn more.
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