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Arlington Theatre

1317 State St., Santa Barbara, CA
805-963-4408
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Ranked #14 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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Laguna Beach, California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Santa Barbara, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Old school theater with the most unique decor I've ever seen. Comfy seats, huge, and loads of character.

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Santa Barbara, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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17 reviews 17 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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Singapore, Singapore
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132 reviews 132 reviews
33 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is fantastic architecture in Moorish Spanish style. There are tiles everywhere. Inside the theatre, it looks like you are in an open courtyard with balcony windows around, and in a time warp. A definite must see. In the lobby, there is an original sofa belonging to a former film star....I think. I cannot remember why it was there. I... More

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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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