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UCSB Arts & Lectures rolls out free Summer Cinema series of family-friendly films at Santa Barbara’s only drive-in theater

You can’t keep a good program down, even during a pandemic. UCSB Arts & Lectures’ free Summer Cinema series, briefly put on hold by COVID-19, is now back with “Game On! Grit, Grace & Glory — Movies Under the Stars in Your Cars.”

Arts & Lectures will screen six weeks of family-friendly films at the West Wind Drive-In on Kellogg Avenue in Goleta, beginning Wednesday, July 15, with “A League of Their Own,” starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis. As with all the films in the series, it begins at 8:30 p.m. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. First come, first served.

And there’s more than films on tap. Food trucks, concessions and entertainment will be on hand every week. Dave’s Dogs and McConnell’s Ice Cream kick off the series, with Santa Barbara Woodfire Catering, Big Truck Foods, Santa Barbara Food Connection, Mony’s and others in later weeks.

“We are delighted to be able to bring back SB Summer Cinema — with a twist!” said Celesta M. Billeci, A&L’s Miller McCune Executive Director. “Especially this year, it was important to us to find a way to bring the community together for a free, fun-filled night of entertainment where all are welcome. We are getting creative, carrying on this beloved tradition in a way that considers everyone’s well-being. So this year, it’s movies under the stars, in our cars. Arts & Lectures is grateful to Montecito Bank & Trust for partnering again to make this series possible.”

Attendees are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Other films in the Wednesday night lineup include: “The Karate Kid,” July 22; “42” and “Field of Dreams”, July 29; “Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable,” Aug. 5; “Pele: Birth of a Legend,” Aug. 12; and “Friday Night Lights,” Aug. 19.

The Summer Cinema series is supported by premier sponsor Montecito Bank & Trust in association with the City of Goleta, UCSB Athletics, Carpinteria Movies in the Park and the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture. Special thanks to KLITE 101.7 FM, Santa Barbara Independent, Voice Magazine and DJ Darla Bea.

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