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Arlington Theatre to reopen May 21

John Palminteri

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - One of Santa Barbara's iconic landmarks will reopen its doors in just a few weeks.

The Arlington Theatre on State Street will reopen to the public on May 21, Metropolitan Theatres announced.

The reopening will coincide with the historic theater's 90th anniversary. To celebrate the anniversary, Metropolitan Theatres will be holding a three-day event with a full slate of classic films.

The schedule for the celebration is below:

  • Friday, May 21: 
    • E.T.: 2:30 p.m.
    • Ghostbusters: 5:15 p.m.
    • Blade Runner The Final Cut: 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 22: 
    • Organ Music Performance: 12:30 p.m.
    • E.T.: 2:30 p.m.
    • Ghostbusters: 5:15 p.m.
    • Blade Runner The Final Cut: 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 23: 
    • Ghostbusters.: 2:30 p.m.
    • E.T.: 5:15 p.m.
    • Blade Runner The Final Cut: 8 p.m.

Saturday's event will also feature live performances by the Santa Barbara Theatre Organ Society with special guest Adam Aceto, who will be playing the Arlington's pipe organ.

“We are grateful for the Santa Barbara County community and its incredible support of the theatre, the events and films we’ve been so fortunate to host,” said David Corwin, President of Metropolitan Theatres. "This is our opportunity to say ‘thank you’ for their loyalty over the past 90 years. This will be a special year at The Arlington Theatre as we look back and celebrate our history of providing entertainment to the greater Santa Barbara area."

Tickets for these shows are on sale now for $5 at Each ticket comes with a free order of popcorn. Tickets to the organ show are free.

If you can't wait that long to catch a flick, Metropolitan Theatres has three other locations currently open. The Fairview Theatre in Goleta is set to reopen May 14.

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