Metro 4

618 State Street,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Metro 4 Theatre 2011

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An old vaudeville house on lower State Street, the former Mission Theatre was built in the 1930’s and had 1,000 seats. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

In the late-1980’s, it was gutted and converted into a fourplex (built within), with a new marquee. The old stage house was walled off and and the dressing rooms converted into retail space. There is a small history display on your right, when going to the cinemas, before you go upstairs to the restrooms.

“I remember spending rainy summer days there with the summer camp watching animated movies.”

Contributed by Scott Padrick

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

bojeta
bojeta on July 17, 2006 at 10:59 pm

The Mission was a dive for many years. I don’t recall it looking anything like the current Metro 4. I think the entire front got a major facelift about the time of the Paseo Nuevo project. I used to pass by the Mission all the time in the 60's and70’s. I was always curious to see what the latest Spanish speaking film poster would look like. I always wanted to go inside, but that part of State St. was really pretty bad in those days. People now can’t really imagine that there was a time when you could walk down the middle of State St (I mean literally the middle of the street) in the afternoon and not see a car in either direction for blocks. There weren’t any trendy boutiques down there in those days. Just liquer stores, porn shops, thrift stores and lots of bums (well, there’s still lots of bums there)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 6, 2008 at 1:19 pm

This is a December 2007 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 9, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Your the only one that noticed. LOL

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on February 9, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Definitely a four-screen theatre – more than 700 seats, too!

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on September 24, 2010 at 12:50 am

Another 1980 daytime shot: View link

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on September 24, 2010 at 12:51 am

As seen after the June 29, 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake: View link

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