Arlington Theatre

1317 State Street,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 17, 2014 at 7:34 am

johninman: Cinema Treasures page for the Santa Maria Theatre is at this link. We don’t yet have a listing for the Studio Theatre in Santa Maria.

johninman on March 17, 2014 at 6:01 am

I grew up in this theater and those of Santa Barbara Co.Born in Santa Maria It’s theater of the same name was my second home;an old Victorian monstrosity,with plush seats and balcony and even opera style boxes an a huge red gum drop chandelier et al.I would go and sit in it just to take it all in.I went to the Fox A. in about 1955,I was 8, and of course was riveted by it’s interior the film was about a Maze were a mysterious monster lurked,a birth defect,it might have been a musty re-release,they did that[saw at Xmas break,“The Bishop’s Wife at The State Theater,down the street,1963/64].Does anyone here have archive of The Santa Maria Theater,or of it’s poor cousin the Studio?Ne` in Santa Maria July,‘47

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 18, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Chuck, if you read about some of bobbydias' accomplishments (designing the Los Angeles Civic Center at the age of nine, founding the Los Angeles County Museum of Art at the age of twelve, personally working with eight U.S. Presidents, etc.), I think you’ll quickly understand where he is coming from, and why there is no point in trying to contradict him.

bobbydias on May 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm

1931 but not in this building. Newbies are ignorant little boys that need attention by repeating what others say.

Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 7:35 am

A few 2012 photos can be seen here and here.

bobbydias on December 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm

As I said, at one time the owners of the Arlington two blocks away moved the business. Considering what you say it is possible that the Arlinton was moved from the present location to the other location 2 blocks away and then back again. Or the Arlington is another business but of the same kind as the original movie house.For how long it was- I was told by a Presbyterian minister that the original business in the present Arlington Theatre was closed under a Red Light law. Maybe not. The Red Light law of the State of California was very vague.

HowardBHaas on December 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm

As William pointed out, this has always been the Arlington Theatre so not sure what you mean by another one with the same name 2 blocks away, or your church references. There are “Nearby Theatres” linked here, FYI. You are an architect? a decorator?

bobbydias on December 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I did not say the building was built as a church. I said the present Arlington Theatre was changed from a church use to the present theatre use. The Arlington Theatre business was in a narrow building 2 blocks away when it moved to the present buildingfollowing the use of a church. What the present building was before what I knew it to be a church I do not know.You and I are talking about two different periods of time.

HowardBHaas on December 5, 2011 at 11:09 am

The current Arlington Theatre was built as a movie palace in 1931, not as a church.

bobbydias on December 5, 2011 at 9:07 am

In the 50s, while the now-Alington building was being stripped of the religious articles, the two owners of the building(and owners of the then-Arlington Theatre two blocks away) called and asked me to meet them in front of Grauman’s in Hollywood. They said to me they had noticed how I had created the front of the Santa Barbara Museum Of Art when I converted it from the old US Post Office to what it is then and now- but they liked the front of Grauman’s better and wanted my advice for the new Arlington. I gave it to them and they stayed with what they wanted- like the front of Grauman’s. They chose the same color as then of Grauman’s. They were so happy with their choice that I did not say that I had chosen the colors of the front of Grauman’s and had done the painting myself.

bobbydias on January 28, 2010 at 11:18 am

You speak of the theater as a business. I spoke of one building that has had, in my lifetime, two different uses, or businesses and, I spoke of one business that has been, in my lifetime, in two different locations. You are ignorant of personal experience with the two different buildings and both uses of the two buildings. Your aim is listings of theaters as tropies to show people. I live life without caring about people such as you.

William on January 28, 2010 at 9:41 am

This theatre has always been the Arlington from 1931 till now. It was operated by Fox West Coast Theatres and then by Metropolitan Theatres.

bobbydias on January 28, 2010 at 8:37 am

The original Arlington Theater was elsewhere in Santa Barbara until the early 1960s when it was moved into this closed church. In the late 1950s I helped my mother’s father, Frank Silva, move 3 loads of pews to a new church in San Luis Obispo County. Today you can still see the church steeple on top of the front of the church, with a flat platform where the cross was. I planted most of the trees by the back parking lot for the Arlington Theater people, for which I received two tickets for the grand opening- I gave those tickets to my parents.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 20, 2009 at 1:42 pm

That is a really nice job. Compared to some other renovation projects done in movie palaces during the 50’s this one is very respectful.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 19, 2009 at 5:25 pm

When did that happen?

Ziggy on May 19, 2009 at 11:38 am

I think the Arlington’s original “gateway” type proscenium was replaced when the wide screen was installed.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 19, 2009 at 11:07 am

I wonder if the postcard view at top was an architect’s rendition made during the planning stages. The decor shown in your image looks original but is drastically different.

drb on May 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Now one block away.

drb on May 6, 2009 at 8:44 pm

The mandatory fire evacuation area is now only three blocks from the Arlington. Eek.

kencmcintyre on March 21, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Here is a 2007 photo from the U of Washington collection:

ErosSinclair on February 16, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Just saw ‘Coraline’ in 3D on a Sunday afternoon. Great crowd. Beautiful theater with stunning interior design and an excellent price. Definitely recommended.

kencmcintyre on October 25, 2008 at 5:06 pm

From the LA Times, November 18, 1931:

Santa Barbara Theater Robbed

A nervous bandit late last night held up the box office at the Fox-Arlington Theater, and escaped with $127, taken from the cashier, Mrs. Alice Thuresson. The bandit shoved a note through the grating, reading, “Turn over all your money or I’ll drill you”.

kvnsct69 on July 11, 2008 at 6:40 pm

One of my favorite memories is my grandmother taking me to see “The Sound of Music” at this theatre in the 1960s. I will never forget it. And then we saw “mary Poppins” at The Granada. Two fantastic theatres.