Santa Barbara Drive-In

907 S. Kellogg Avenue,
Goleta, CA 93117

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Previously operated by: Metropolitan Theatres, West Wind Drive-Ins

Architects: Vincent G. Raney

Previous Names: Santa Barbara Twin Drive-In

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Santa Barbara Drive-In

Opened in the summer of 1966, this twin-screen 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 Santa Barbara Drive-In. It was closed on April 19, 2019. It was reopened in summer of 2020 and closed on September 5, 2022.

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Recent comments (view all 28 comments)

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.

AlanCo4 on September 16, 2018 at 5:33 pm

Did they remove one of the screens at some point?

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on September 17, 2018 at 3:28 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 8:02 pm

Reopened in 2020. Website and Facebook page below.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 26, 2021 at 1:19 pm

For the record it was never “West Wind Drive-In” it was always the “Santa Barbara Drive-In”, it just so happened to be owned by West Wind Drive-Ins so the logos may have been prevalent.

dansdriveintheater on December 28, 2022 at 4:11 pm

Now closed closed forever in September 2022 also both screens appear to be down. please sadly update!

50sSNIPES on December 28, 2022 at 5:41 pm

Did it demolish right after closure?

50sSNIPES on December 28, 2022 at 10:01 pm

Yes, this was a twin when it originally operated from 1966 until 1991.

BigScreen_com on April 17, 2023 at 4:28 pm

This theater is closed again. Last day was September 5, 2022:

Goleta, CA: West Wind Santa Barbara Drive-In Closed [Sep 9, 2022]

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