Magic Lantern Theater

960 Embarcadero del Norte,
Isla Vista, CA 93117

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Magic Lantern Theatre

A neighborhood theater in 60’s style. In the 1980’s, the Magic Lantern Theater became a second run house, and was later purchaced by the University of California Santa Barbara.

Contributed by Scott Padrick

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MagicLantern on May 24, 2004 at 6:15 pm

Opened in 1966, the Magic Lantern Theatre (at 960 Embarcadero del Norte, Isla Vista), operated as such through 1985, at which point Metropolitan sold it to UCSB, who renamed it the Isla Vista Theatre. It’s very much open these days, as the Magic Lantern:

JackGen on April 14, 2006 at 5:56 am

i remember attending a screening at the magic lantern, when jim babb ran this theater, soon after that-1969- he went to the cinema theater in hollywood.

bojeta on July 18, 2006 at 7:13 am

When I was in High School, the Magic Lantern was the place to go see surf flicks, and cult flicks like The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I can’t remember ever seeing a new release there even though it was the closest theatre to my home (University Village) and I lived there when the theatre opened. Whew! Isla Vista is really a pretty mellow place compared to the hippy days. I remember watching the Bank of America burn twice not far from the Magic Lantern. You guys remember when the streets and sidewalks were literally covered in graffiti? All the “Secret Police Get out of IV” stencils, People’s Park, TP Village etc. What a strange place for a kid to grow up.

TLSLOEWS on February 20, 2010 at 2:47 am

Would like to see some photos,cool name for a theatre.

MagicLantern on February 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm

525 and 148 seats in both auditoriums – apparently it’s been twinned – View link

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