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Santa Barbara Twin Drive-In

907 South 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.

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Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm

The Santa Barbara Drive-In will be reopening on FRI May 7, 2010 to show Iron Man 2. More info to come.

Lavarus on May 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I just drove by this drive-in on Sunday (5/2/2010), right after the swap meet had closed for the day, and saw no theater marquee, signs, posters or any other indication that films will begin showing there in the near future. The property looks intact, but there was no evidence of it having been spruced up for a grand(?) re-opening. I certainly hope it DOES re-open to become a full-time movie theater again. Is there any new information about this yet?

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on May 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm

It is in fact reopening on FRI May 7, 2010. Iron Man 2 will show at 8:00pm and 10:25pm on FRI, SAT & SUN and starting Monday it will become a double feature with How to Train Your Dragon.

General Admission is $6.75 – Children 3-11 are $1.00. On Tuesdays General Admission is $4.75.

More info at

While the parking area could use a fresh paving I’m sure that’s something that will come in time should the drive-in be a success. As for the rest of the property it has been spruced up leaps and bounds since West Wind took it over, take a look at Cinematour.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on May 5, 2010 at 7:34 pm

I should also note that the screen as been repainted just for the Drive-In, it is no longer dirty as is shown in the 2008 photo.

AdrianEverett on May 7, 2010 at 8:09 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 2:00 pm

Good luck!!! Long live the drive in.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on May 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm

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

Lavarus on June 7, 2010 at 4:49 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 3:29 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.

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