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Free summer movies come with a “grit, grace and glory theme” at the West Wind drive-in

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The UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures summer movie series moves to the West Wind drive-in this year.

GOLETA, Calf. - The UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures summer movie series is dark this year in the courthouse lawn setting, but it shines on the big screen at the alternate site, the West Wind drive-in.

With the COVID-19 risks this popular outside film series, that draws about 2,000 to 3,000 weekly, was reimagined by UCSB in collaboration with the Carpinteria Movies in the Park and several sponsors including Montecito Bank & Trust, The Independent, The Voice Magazine, the City of Goleta, the County Office of Arts and Culture, UCSB Athletics and KLITE radio 101.7.

The theme is "grit, grace and glory." The Arts & Lectures series promotes it as "movies under the stars in your cars."

The first film will be A League of Their Own starring COVID-19 recovered patient actor Tom Hanks and Geena Davis.

Next week's movie will be the Karate Kid.

The gates open at 7:30 p.m. at the site located at 907 South Kellogg Avenue.

The movie airs at 8:30 p.m.

Cars will be spaced out by 10 feet.

Concessions will be sold by Dave's Dogs, Kona Ice, and the Santa Barbara Food Connection.

This drive-in had been closed prior to the COVID-19 crisis but it has since been reopened for film series like this one and also a fundraiser with the ONE 805 non-profit for first responders.

For the complete list of movies: UCSB Arts & Lectures

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