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Arlington Theatre

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Address: 1317 State St., Santa Barbara, CA
Phone Number: 805-963-4408
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: This movie theater also hosts the Santa Barbara Symphony.

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Pretty and different inside, but the seats were SO dirty

This theater is something to experience for sure. It looks like its taken straight out of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. Very cool. My family and I went to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
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Orange County, CA
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Orange County, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This theater is something to experience for sure. It looks like its taken straight out of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. Very cool. My family and I went to see the latest Mission Impossible movie. Impressed upon walking into the theater but..... when I went to sit down I was appalled at how filthy the seats were.... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Awesome place to see a movie in an large, elegant, old style movie theatre. Stars twinkle in the ceiling, interior looks like an old spanish village. Lovely large theatre with a balcony. Awesome for movies, concerts, etc.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This theater is interesting, whether it be for a movie or for a live performance. It is decorated inside to mimic being outside under the stars. It is a grand theater to see a movie in...especially one where the audience excitement matters. I saw a Harry Potter premiere there about 10 years ago, and it was memorable. I've also seen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Everyone that visits Santa Barbara needs to attend a movie or another attraction at this historical. Interior design is that of an hispanic courtyard and the 180 degree mural, which includes the stage/movie screen is appealingly realistic. But, it's the tiny lights in in the black ceiling that cause first-timers to look twice. The lights are situated such that the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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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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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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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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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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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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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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