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Sunken Garden Film Series

Join us this summer for the Sunken Garden Film Series! This years theme: Fifties Film Series.

Celebrating a decade, the Free Summer Cinema series at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden has solidified itself as a wildly popular tradition. 

Screenings are on Wednesday evenings in July and August at 7:30 p.m. in UCSB's Campbell Hall and Friday evenings in the Sunken Garden at 8:30 p.m. The series is made possible by a collaboration between Arts & Lectures, the Office of Arts & Culture & Santa Barbara County Parks

Mountain Film Free Community Event Flyer.

Art & Architecture on Film 2019 series info.

People are encouraged to brings picnics and jackets as it gets chilly at night in Santa Barbara. Guests may set out  blankets and chairs anytime after 12:00 p.m on movie nights. Low-back chairs are welcome, as are non-synthetic blankets (to help keep the lawn lovely!). Please keep in mind that the County is not responsible for any items left unattended on the lawn. We hope to see you there!

the 2019 Premier Sponsor waw Montecito Bank & Trust and the Sponsor is COMPASS. Big thanks to Big Green Cleaning for their help.

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2019 Summer sunken garden Film Lineup: Fifties film festival

*Wednesday screenings will be at UCSB Campbell Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.


Friday, July 5:     Roman Holiday     

(118 min. A film by William Wyler in 1953)

Roman Holiday is a classic fifties movie starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. A princess named Ann, fed up with her scheduled life, heads to Rome on her own to explore. While there, she meets a reporter who does not recognize who she is and the two quickly spark a romance. Join us for this showing of the classic romantic comedy!

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Friday July 15:       North by Northwest

(136 min. A film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1959)

North by Northwest is a classic spy film by the infamous Alfred Hitchcock about a man who is mistaken for a government agent by foreign spies. Join us for this suspenseful, gripping, and visually iconic film!


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Friday July 19:         Some like it Hot

(120 min. A film by Billy Wilder in 1959)

Some like it Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, is a classic fifties comedy. Two men witness a mob hit, and they disguise themselves as women in an all women band in order to not get caught by the mob. Join us in watching this comedic and suspenseful film!   

Friday July 26:          On the Waterfront

(108 min. A film by Elia Kazan in 1954)

On the Waterfront is a classic film about a boxer who gets mixed up with the mob against his will. However, he teams up with some unlikely people to take down the mob in an unconventional way. Join us for a action-packed and thrilling showing of this fifties movie!

(No Courthouse screening due to Fiesta celebrations on August 2)


Friday, August 9:    Rebel without a cause

(111 min. A film by Nicholas Ray in 1955)

This film starring James Dean is about a troubled young man who moves to a new town with his family. Here, he makes new friends, new enemies, and a new identity. Join us for this classic coming-of-age film filled with drama and important life lessons.



 Friday, August 16:  High Noon              

(85 min. A film by Fred Zimmermann in 1952)

High noon is a classic cowboys film starring Gary Cooper. A town Marshal, against the wished of his newlywed and the townspeople, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang members arrive at his town on the high noon train. Join us for this action-packed and thrilling film! 


Friday, August 23:  Sunset Boulevard

(110 min. A film by Billy Wilder in 1950)

Sunset Boulevard is a classic fifties film about a man who develops a dangerous relationship with a women who is desperately trying to keep her career as an actor alive. Join us for this psychological and dramatic thriller!