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Arlington Theatre

1317 State St., Santa Barbara, CA
805-963-4408
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Ranked #15 of 71 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Description: This movie theater also hosts the Santa Barbara Symphony.
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Santa Barbara, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

You know, the old velvet seats do feel a little lumpy and we're not talking stadium seating and lots of leg room, BUT the Arlington has the most amazing ambiance. The tile and murals of the entryway are beautiful before you even get inside to appreciate the vintage details of this historic theater, and wait until you get inside! I'm... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is the place to watch a movie in the 21st Century. Forget the 16-plexes, the food service joints serving frozen pizza and bad drinks. The Arlington takes you to the movies as it used to be. You sit under the stars (twinkling from he ceiling), surrounded by a charming village front. Special place for movie lovers.

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Kingsburg, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Such an excellent concert venue. This is a historic theater, so beautifully maintained. The exterior is a grand Spanish design with white stucco and red tile roofing. The interior is complete with frescoes and so much detail.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Where else can you go to a beautifully restored old theatre that looks like you are sitting in the courtyard of a gracious Spanish hacienda looking up at the stars in the sky while you watch the organ rise from under the stage. Don't miss it!

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Olathe, Kansas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

As we started our day on State Street at the most amazing Mexican restaurant across the street, Carlito's. We took a peak inside the Arlington Theatre, a movie was playing. I wish we could have seen the theatre with the lights on. The place looked breathtaking even in the dark. I couldn't believe they actually show movies there, I could... More

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Berkeley, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
22 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Worth a visit to see an event. As the lights dim, the stars come out on the ceiling. Beautiful theater.

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Port Alberni, BC
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This is a heritage old-time movie theatre with over-the-top decor. You have to go to a movie just to see it.

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Santa Barbara, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
13 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Where else can you go to a beautifully restored old theatre that looks like you are sitting in the courtyard of a gracious Spanish hacienda looking up at the stars in the sky while you watch the organ rise from under the stage. Don't miss it!

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San Diego, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

What a thrill to watch a first run movie in such a large and historical theater. The movie screen was great, the sound was adequate but the ambiance is first class.

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Willits, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

This is a unique theater that not only shows movies but has a stage for theatrical productions. It is quite large but is very lovely inside.

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