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Address: 1317 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2647
Phone Number: +1 805-963-4408
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Sun 10:00 - 16:00
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This movie theater also hosts the Santa Barbara Symphony.

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Saw a movie here.

Like the title says it saw a movie here. It is an interesting theater. In the lobby there is beautiful tile work. In the main section of the theater it feels like you are out... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Like the title says it saw a movie here. It is an interesting theater. In the lobby there is beautiful tile work. In the main section of the theater it feels like you are out doors with the high ceilings and facades of buildings. The only problem is there were some echoes during the film.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw "Trombone Shorty" and his bnd and everyone was up and dancing in the aisles. There "wristbands' and "house security" to keep you in your seat. A great vibe, with a bar... and you can aways step outside and slide right back in. No attitude here.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We visited here and saw 'Sully' the film. The theatre just has one screen and so a limited number of showings a day. Ticket prices were pretty good (can only compare to UK cinema prices though!), we paid $9 each. When we went, it was quite quiet. We got there 45 minutes early and bought our tickets, then went for... More 

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Santa Ana, California, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

This was my second visit to Arlington theater. The first time it was in cooler weather so I was comfortable in there. This time it was warm and humid and they don't have ac so it was not comfortable at all. I was glad when the concert was over and I had planned months ago to attend it. I will... More 

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Thank Marie L
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We came to the Arlington Theater to see a movie and were very impressed. Wonderful 1931 Mission style building used for movies and concerts. Large theater with a very unusual and interesting interior. We took the shuttle which runs up State Street to get here from the wharf area. Only costs 50 cents and stops at every block. This is... More 

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Houghton, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

We came here for a comedy show. It was a major pain to find parking nearby. We were able to get inside right away. Long wait for food unless you were just getting popcorn or something like that. But it was cool that they had so many options. The show already started and one of the old lady ushers was... More 

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Reno NV
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

The Arlington, Santa Barbara's largest theater, was built in 1931 in the Mission Revival style. It seats 2,000 people and the auditorium resembles a Spanish village complete with a night sky and twinkling stars. The theater also features a Robert Morton pipe organ. It's a beautiful building inside and out, and the management will usually allow you to peak in... More 

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Anaheim, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

We're big fans of interesting architecture. So although we've never been inside of the building we thought we'd post a review. This building is definitely worth stopping by and taking a look at. Unless you plan on going inside it'll probably be a very short visit. Parking along the street is easy to find. We were here early in the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

The Lewis Black show that we attended was not very good - the place was packed and has no air conditioning. It was difficult enjoy a great performance while sweating. It was so bad both Lewis and his opener made several comments. What is it with Santa Barbara - do they think being near the coast makes it unnecessary to... More 

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Perrysburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

I would see a movie here ANY TIME! It's such a spacious theatre with lots of history and a nice ambiance!

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