Drive-In is Now Open

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Update by an edhat reader
May 25, 2020
 
The West Wind Drive-In is now open and showing the Harry Potter films. See the movies here.

Update by an edhat reader
May 23, 2020
 

I received this email from the West-Wind Drive In theatre in Goleta titled, "Help us Reopen the Santa Barbara Drive-In:"

"Thanks for all the emails encouraging us to reopen the Santa Barbara Drive-In. We love the idea and want to make it happen, but we need your help!

The Santa Barbara Public Health Department requires all movie theaters, including Drive-in’s, to remain closed during the shelter-in-place orders. Santa Barbara is the only county treating movie theaters and Drive-in’s as the same. In fact, some counties never closed their Drive-in’s because they believe it was a safe activity. Over the last few weeks, the remaining California Drive-In’s have reopened or have been authorized to reopen except for the Santa Barbara Drive-in. Like you, we believe it should be reopened, so that we can provide a safe activity for local residents.  

If you would like to help reopen the Drive-In, please send an email to County Supervisor Gregg Hart at [email protected] asking him to allow the Santa Barbara Drive-In to reopen like other California Drive-In’s have been permitted to reopen. 

Thanks for your help. We hope to see you soon at the Santa Barbara Drive-In!"


By an edhat reader
May 18, 2020
 

Has there been any interest in purchasing the old drive-in movie theater in Goleta? This would be a perfect time to show movies there again. 

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Ahlia May 26, 2020 03:16 PM
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Thank you for the good news ! Something to look forward to - YAY :-)

SBCactus May 26, 2020 12:24 PM
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Love this!! As young kids, we’d pile into the station wagon & off to The Airport Drive-In we’d go. Guess playing on the playground during intermission wouldn’t work right now tho. As teens, we’d load up old furniture & watch movies from the back of trucks. Great ideas on daytime use of Drive-in space! Graduations could work too.

Crystalandmaui May 26, 2020 12:05 PM
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Well, what day is it opened? I’ll be there

'goose May 26, 2020 11:28 AM
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Park a couple of food trucks in the back and line the edges with Porta Potties, problem solved.

a-1591049796 May 26, 2020 11:17 AM
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It sounds like a good place for church services also.

wahine May 24, 2020 08:23 PM
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They should hold the high school graduation ceremonies there.

biguglystick May 24, 2020 11:28 AM
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I'm SO HAPPY to hear this news!!! HOORAY for the Drive-In! This is awesome.

Emmenanthe May 24, 2020 09:21 AM
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When I lived in Europe years ago, publicly accessible restrooms had an attendant who collected a fee from each rest room user and who also kept the place sanitized.

VinSB May 24, 2020 09:19 AM
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This is great! I've been hoping something like this would be done. A drive-in theater could be used for all sorts of distanced gatherings. Movies at night, and it could be rented out for other gatherings during the day.

Get over it May 24, 2020 08:59 AM
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There was a post about this on Nextdoor, posting that same email. I think a bunch of people did email Mr.Hart, I did. Yesterday, The same person posted a response from WestWind that they will be reopening in a couple of days and thanks for the support!

Lucky 777 May 24, 2020 08:37 AM
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I recently read a description of a WEDDING held at a drive-in, all the guests stayed in their cars, the couple walked up the middle of the lot onto the front stage, the ceremony was shown on the big screens. Nice potential for using it during the day. There must be a lot of people wondering how to revise a pre-planned wedding ceremony now.

giftedinSB May 26, 2020 11:20 AM
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I read about this, too! Really such an innovative idea.

midair May 23, 2020 01:23 PM
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It has to be financially feasible. Limiting people, no restrooms, I assume social distancing at the snack bar (if there is one), wearing a mask while attending, etc., would not make it a profitable business. Unless they charge about $50 a head.

a-1591049796 May 24, 2020 09:30 AM
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A snack bar could be run outdoors, with runners grabbing needed items from inside.

LCP112233 May 23, 2020 01:12 PM
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Stores, gas stations, restaurants, beaches and parks....everyone has public restrooms to this day. They just have to clean more rigorously. Just wear your mask, and don't touch anything. Wash your hands. You will be fine.

LCP112233 May 26, 2020 11:28 AM
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Personally I avoid public restrooms. But yes, I have recently used restrooms at a grocery store and McDonalds, and the Madonna Inn when I got take out for Mothers Day breakfast. And at the beach, Refugio.

giftedinSB May 26, 2020 11:19 AM
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Are they open, though? I had to drive around for 30 minutes to 5 different places a few weeks ago and all the public restrooms were closed. These were gas stations and fast food joints.

Crystalandmaui May 19, 2020 08:01 AM
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I suggested this in April, you could buy your tickets online, no restroom use. Well you should wear a mask. And limit the amount of people, things we all should be doing. No contact with a person, maybe are cars could be checked by our license plate. Everyone is buying to go food already right. I do miss the drive in. I can sit in my clean car and bring my own snacks . And have a night out.

Mo-leta May 18, 2020 04:46 PM
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Tribeca Film Fest is partnering up with IMAX I just read about today - https://people.com/movies/tribeca-enterprises-imax-drive-in-theaters-coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR1grfETgQuJFxea6PnFALHAptPPHgTyYXyx_LwE3C0t-482bebZrVMo7Vg

a-1591049796 May 18, 2020 03:06 PM
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Hey! How about the Lompoc Drive-In? A coat of paint, quick weed whack inside and it's good to go. Yes?

patrick May 18, 2020 02:32 PM
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Not sure about the condition of the drive-in in general, but I’d think restrooms might be an issue.

Luvaduck May 19, 2020 10:00 AM
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Restrooms: In many places, toliets are coin operated. That cuts down on unnecessary use. Is there such a thing as pay Port-a-potties? That would cover their cost. Or maybe some sort of hand stamp that would allow patrons to leave and come back? Or maybe those unable to "hold it" for an hour and a half would choose to not leave home or wear sanitary supplies. This is a optional activity. Many activities have physical or mental limitations. Michael Jordan couldn't be a jockey.

a-1591049796 May 18, 2020 03:08 PM
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Restrooms?! Do like the old days of travel in the family car and just take a few cans with lids & you're good to go. Pun intended

a-1591049796 May 18, 2020 12:52 PM
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Are the big screens even there at Goleta and Airport Drive-ins?

CoastWatch May 18, 2020 09:50 AM
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Sunset Drive-In in San Luis Obispo is now OPEN

upsidown May 18, 2020 09:43 AM
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There was a job posting on Indeed last week for a General Manager for West Wind Drive-In that specifies the position is in Goleta. The posting is still up. Maybe that is a good sign for the theater returning, or maybe just trying to figure out what to do with the land.

ericm2031 May 23, 2020 09:49 AM
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Now they've posted maintenance and customer service positions, so it seems to be a reality now.

ericm2031 May 18, 2020 06:26 PM
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Posting is also on their website, that’s a good sign.

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