West Wind Drive-In

907 S. Kellogg Avenue,
Goleta, CA 93117

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Opened in the summer of 1966, this drive-in closed in 1991 and operated as the West Wind Goleta Public Market for the following 19 years.

It was reopened on May 7, 2010 with only one screen, renamed West Wind Drive-In. It was closed on April 19, 2019. It was reopened in summer of 2020.

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AdrianEverett on May 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Hey that’s great another dark D I screen is firing up again tonight with the debut of Iron Man 2 after 2 decades of nothing. Drive ins either new or old, opening or re-opening, are going to be the Aids Virus of Multiplexes. They do not want you to go outside they want you inside where they can sell you over priced concessions. Drive Ins are able to show both 35 and 70mm format. Of course 70mm is the best there is and the studios know it. If I owned my own fresh start up D I I would go 70mm all the way. Imagine watching a towering movie with DTS 6 Track Sound pumping out your car speakers. Hey Santa Barbara, California, I wish you all the luck in the world with your newly reopened D I tonight.

Richie_T on May 8, 2010 at 11:00 am

Good luck!!! Long live the drive in.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Santa Barbara just made my “Top 5 Places To Travel” list! :)

TLSLOEWS on May 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Great that it has reopened as of May 7,2010.

Lavarus on June 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Visited this venue on 6/5/2010 for “Prince o'Persia” and “Shrek 4ever After.” The place seems like it’s half drive-in, half swap meet; the second screen is gone while its lot serves as grounds for Sunday swap meets. The operating drive-in is a bit run-down; the grounds haven’t been paved in decades. Seems like the owners tried to save as much $$$$ as possible to get it re-opened. The snack bar is a mix of new amenties on top of vintage tile, paint & stylings. But overall, this provides a throw-back feel for your visit; a sense of nostalgia. A lot of good ideas were implemented into the original design & construction of this site, with the exception of that entrance coming in right under the screen, thus causing for distractions as late-arrivals pull in during a movie. Still, I enjoyed myself; like this place all right; and have every intention of returning for future features. Really glad this place is operating as an actual drive-in again!

Lavarus on June 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Just chatted with members of The Southern California Drive-In Movie Society this past weekend while visiting The Mission Tiki of Montclair, CA. They confirmed that Goleta’s drive-in experiment is a seasonal thing designed to test its business potential throughout this summer; and aren’t sure if it will remain open beyond August. Or if it will continue through September. It greatly depends on the amount of business they pull in. Having typed that, I now encourage everyone reading this post (especially those with the ability for doing so) to patronize The Santa Barbara Twin much as possible over the next couple months. Some extra trips could mean the difference between a refurbished reopening next year…or, its big screen going dark forever.

AlanCo4 on September 16, 2018 at 2:33 pm

Did they remove one of the screens at some point?

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on September 17, 2018 at 12:28 pm

Yes. The southern screen had suffered damage from a storm. Since it faced the screen that was used only for the flea market, it was torn down.

DavidZornig on July 18, 2020 at 5:02 pm

Reopened in 2020. Website and Facebook page below.



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