FREE Summer Cinema Series Returns to Sunken Garden

Source: UCSB Arts & Lectures

 UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) is thrilled to announce the return of their annual free summer cinema series to its original home in the Sunken Garden of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. The 2022 theme, Hot Fun in the Summertime, means that there will be something exciting for everyone. Bring breathable blankets, low chairs, a picnic and your friends!

UCSB students can see the films on Wednesday evenings at Campbell Hall. These screenings are co-presented with UCSB Summer Sessions. Students must present a valid current UCSB ID for admission.

“After a challenging three years I can say with confidence and unfettered joy that the SUMMER FILMS ARE BACK at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse,” says A&L Miller McCune Executive Director Celesta M. Billeci. “Our community can gather at the Sunken Garden once again to laugh and be moved by these summer-inspired buddy and adventure films – some nostalgic, some silly, and some just plain fun! Our partners at the County Office of Arts & Culture and Montecito Bank & Trust didn’t skip a beat when we asked them to join us to bring back this beloved summer tradition. Together, we’re doing this once again Santa Barbara!”

“Montecito Bank & Trust is excited to safely reconnect with the community outdoors to enjoy one of the most anticipated summer traditions of the year, the UCSB Arts & Lectures Free Summer Film Series!” MB&T’s Chairman and CEO Janet Garufis says. “This year’s Hot Fun in the Summertime! inspired films will allow viewers to embrace the power of the great outdoors and the adventures that await when you break outside of your comfort zone and explore!”

Hot Fun in the Summertime at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures in association with the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture. Premier Sponsor: Montecito Bank & Trust


American Graffiti

Friday, July 8 / 8:30 p.m. / County Courthouse / FREE

On the last day of summer vacation in 1962, friends Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), Steve (Ronny Howard), Terry (Charles Martin Smith) and John (Paul Le Mat) cruise the streets of small-town California while a mysterious disc jockey (Wolfman Jack) spins classic rock’n’roll tunes. It’s the last night before their grown-up lives begin, and Steve’s high-school sweetheart, a restless blonde, a bratty adolescent and a disappearing angel in a Thunderbird provide all the excitement they can handle. (George Lucas, 1973, PG, 110 min.)

American Graffiti trailer >>

Dirty Dancing

Friday, July 15 / 8:30 p.m. / County Courthouse / FREE

Set in the summer of 1963, an innocent teen vacationing with her upper-middle-class parents at an upscale resort in the Catskills gets a jolt of culture shock when she crushes on the hotel’s slick, handsome dance instructor. Starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, the film’s stirring soundtrack yielded the Oscar-winning Best Song “(I’ve Had the) Time of My Life.” (Emile Ardolino, 1987, PG-13, 97 min.)

Dirty Dancing trailer >>

Thelma & Louise

Friday, July 22 / 8:30 p.m. / County Courthouse / FREE

Housewife Thelma (Geena Davis) joins her friend Louise (Susan Sarandon), an independent waitress, on a short fishing trip. However, their trip becomes a flight from the law when Louise shoots and kills a man who assaults Thelma at a bar. Louise decides to flee to Mexico, and Thelma joins her. On the way, Thelma falls for sexy young thief J.D. (Brad Pitt) and the sympathetic Detective Slocumb (Harvey Keitel) tries to convince the two women to surrender before their fates are sealed. (Ridley Scott, 1991, R, 130 min.)

Thelma & Louise trailer >>

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Friday, July 29 / 8:30 p.m. / County Courthouse / FREE

When drag queen Anthony (Hugo Weaving) agrees to take his act on the road, he invites fellow performers Adam (Guy Pearce) and Bernadette (Terence Stamp) to come along. In their colorful bus named Priscilla, the three travel across the Australian desert performing for enthusiastic crowds and less-enthusiastic locals. But when the others learn the truth about why Anthony took the job, it threatens their act and their friendship. (Stephan Elliott, 1994, R, 105 min.)

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert trailer >>

Moonrise Kingdom

Friday, August 12 / 8:30 p.m. / County Courthouse / FREE

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing offshore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way. The all-star cast features Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand among others, and introduces Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as Sam and Suzy, the boy and girl. (Wes Anderson, 2012, PG-13, 94 min.)

Moonrise Kingdom trailer >>

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Friday, August 19 / 8:30 p.m. / County Courthouse / FREE

Four teenagers in detention discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of. When they decide to play, they are immediately sucked into the jungle world of Jumanji in the bodies of their avatars (Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan). They’ll have to complete the adventure of their lives filled with fun, thrills and danger or be stuck in the game forever! (Jake Casdan, 2017, PG-13, 119 min.)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle trailer >>

In the Heights

Friday, August 26 / 8:30 p.m. / County Courthouse / FREE

Usnavi is a bodega owner who longs to go back to his native Dominican Republic. In the meantime, he spends his time in a small neighborhood in Washington Heights pining after Vanessa, who works at the beauty salon, and looking after Abuela Claudia, the elderly Cuban lady living next door who raised him. One day, Usnavi’s childhood friend Nina comes back from college with a secret, and Abuela Claudia wins the lottery. (Jon M. Chu, 2021, PG-13, 142 min.)

In the Heights trailer >>


Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A&L annually presents more than a hundred public events, from critically acclaimed concerts and dance performances by world-renowned artists to talks by groundbreaking authors and film series at UCSB and Santa Barbara-area venues. With a mission to “educate, entertain and inspire,” A&L also oversees an outreach program that brings visiting artists and speakers into local classrooms and other venues for master classes, open rehearsals, discussions and more, serving K-12 students, college students and the general public.  



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