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Arlington Theatre

1317 State St., Santa Barbara, CA
805-963-4408
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93%
Ranked #12 of 58 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: This movie theater also hosts the Santa Barbara Symphony.
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: This movie theater also hosts the Santa Barbara Symphony.

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Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Beautiful, imaginative, Disney styled theater. Loved the architecture. Saw The Nutcracker ballet...Live theater. Seating is not well designed. Seats placed directly in front of each other and not at a steep enough angle so my view was blocked by a tall big headed person. Was also surprised at the acoustics. Evidently not designed with a live full orchestra in mind.... More 

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Fair Oaks, California
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103 reviews 103 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

It reminded me of Disneyland - feels like you're outside when you're not. Even though the place has seen better days, it's just so cool that I want to see movies there all the time. What makes it so great is that it's like traveling back in time. It's the best kind of theater from another time.

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California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This is truly a unique venue. From the minute you walk up to the theater you get the "old school" vibe with a real ticket booth. From there the walk to the theater has many sights to see. There is a second place to buy tickets right outside the front doors. The inside of the theater is made to look... More 

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Dillon, Montana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Amazing renovation. We havent been here since they re did the property. It had been about ten years and this place rocks. What a fantastic asset to Santa Barbara. The foundation behind this place knows what they are doing!!

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Palo Alto, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
18 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This theatre is a treat just to visit. It was built in the early 1900's and has kept all the beauty that was envisioned at it's concept. Each event there is a pleasure to attend.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I've gone the last 4 years and all I can say is WOW! The Arlington is the perfect venue for this holiday treat. The dancing, orchestra, and audience have made this an ongoing tradition for my family.

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Solvang, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
42 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Arlington shows everything from movies to theater to concerts, and the Santa Barbara Movie Festival. It is the largest venue in the community, decorated quaintly like a spanish village. Good dinner spots nearby.

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Laguna Beach, California
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148 reviews 148 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Went to the Arlington Theater to see Magic Johnson's inspirational speech. Beautiful, nostalgic theater with a Mexican Village theme along the side walls. Could have used some air conditioning as it did get warm even with an 8:00 pm start time. Magic talked about " The Magic of Winning" and included stories about the Lakers, Dodgers and his business career.... More 

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Ukiah, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Nice atmosphere in an old beautiful theatre. It was a packed house, and the air conditioning could not keep up. It was hard to enjoy the show with sweat running down your face and back. They need to upgrade that.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I have never before been inside a theatre/cinema thats has the ceiling lit up like a sky & has the sides looking like a mexican street scene. Truly amazing, and the foyer is so beautiful. Has to be seen to be believed

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