Upcoming Showings at Free Summer Cinema Series

couple watching outdoor movie

Upcoming Showings at Free Summer Cinema Series

What says summer romance better than a movie date under the stars? Expect just that (and more) when you visit an outdoor showing that’s part of the Santa Barbara Free Summer Cinema Series! Find details about upcoming movie showings, nearby restaurants and our couples hotel package below.


First Things, First

If you’ve never heard of the Santa Barbara Summer Cinema Series, don’t worry, we’ll explain. Each year, the UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures hosts a series of outdoor movie showings, free and open to the public. At the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Gardens, families, couples and friends have the chance to enjoy a movie each Friday, while experiencing the beautiful Santa Barbara atmosphere. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own blankets or low chairs to sit on throughout the movie. Keep in mind: food is not provided at these events, so make sure to either bring your own snacks or grab food ahead of time.


Upcoming Movie Showings  

This summer’s Cinema Series’ theme is “Those Fabulous Fifties” with each featured movie celebrating a hit from the fifties. All showings start at 8:30 p.m., however you can set out blankets and chairs anytime after 12 p.m. on the day of the movie. Here are the remaining movies for this summer:

  • Some Like It Hot – after two men witness a mob hit, they disguise themselves as women to evade the mob (July 26)
  • On the Waterfront – an aspiring boxer gets mixed up with (you guessed it) the mob (Aug 9)
  • High Noon – a classic western featuring townspeople that must face a gang of deadly killers (Aug 16)
  • Sunset Boulevard – a man and woman develop a dangerous relationship (Aug 23)


Romantic Restaurants Near Summer Cinema Series

Since the Summer Cinemas Series is in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara, there’s lots of nearby options for food. Make a reservation at bouchon for elegantly prepared wine country cuisine­– made with the freshest local ingredients possible. For great sushi and Asian dishes, head to Arigato Sushi right in Downtown Santa Barbara. Or, for a unique dining experience, visit Black Sheep Restaurant. Craving dessert? Treat your loved one to an ice cream date at McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, known for their many flavors made from scratch.


Couple’s Beach Retreat Package at Inn at East Beach 

For the absolute perfect date in Santa Barbara, make sure to choose a hotel that caters to your unique needs! During your visit to Santa Barbara, stay at Inn at East Beach and take advantage of our Couple’s Beach Retreat Package. It includes all-day bike rentals, a box of local truffles, bottle of Pinot Noir and 2 p.m. check out.


Before summer is over, treat your loved one to a movie night under the starts! And as you plan your visit to Santa Barbara, don’t forget to book your stay at the nearby Inn at East Beach.




Inn at East Beach
Whatever makes your ideal California weekend getaway, the Inn at East Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara is here to help you stay well- and well within your budget! 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 805.965.0546