Sun, Surf and Cinema: FREE Summer Films at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden

FREE Summer Films: Sun, Surf, and Cinema (Courtesy)

Friday nights under the stars, July 5 through August 23

UCSB Arts & Lectures and the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture present the FREE outdoor summer film series, Sun, Surf and Cinema, seven classic flicks celebrating the thrills and delights of beach and ocean life, Friday evenings under the stars from Fri. July 5 through Fri. Aug 23 at 8:30 p.m. at the County Courthouse Sunken Garden. This year’s totally tubular lineup includes: JawsPoint Break50 First DatesBlue CrushThe Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouMamma Mia! and Crazy Rich Asians. Bring breathable blankets, low chairs, a picnic and your friends!

Filmgoers are asked to respect the lawn and fellow attendees: Please bring blankets that are permeable (no plastic/nylon/tarps) and chairs that are low-backed and low to the ground. Attendees may start setting up at noon on the day of the Courthouse screenings. (Please note: There will be no film screening on Aug. 2 due to Fiesta activities.)

Miles of blue ocean, towering waves and the carefree pleasures of a summer holiday make beach movies one of the most enduring genres of modern cinema. Sprinkle in a spine-tingling soundtrack and jumpscares ala Jaws, belt out ABBA classics while gallivanting on a Grecian isle (Mamma Mia!), or while away the evening dreaming of extravagant yachts (as in Crazy Rich Asians). Sun, Surf and Cinema invites you to bring your beach blanket, stretch out under the stars and explore the various ways that Hollywood has imagined the shore and the ocean: as playground, as romantic idyll or even as a site of confrontation with nature in all her wildest power.

“The FREE summer film series has been a community favorite from the beginning, and we are delighted to bring it back to the Courthouse Sunken Garden for another fun-filled season of entertainment where all are welcome,” says Celesta M. Billeci, A&L’s Miller McCune Executive Director. “We’re celebrating something that’s sure to resonate with all of us in Santa Barbara – Hollywood’s long standing love affair with the ocean and the beach. All of us at A&L are grateful to Montecito Bank & Trust and its Chairman and CEO Janet Garufis for partnering again to make movies under the stars possible! We invite everyone to join friends and neighbors for this favorite local tradition in the incredible place we call home.”

“Montecito Bank & Trust is excited to continue partnering with A&L to bring the community together for A&L’s free summer film series under the stars!” says Chairman and CEO Janet Garufis. “This lively program is a wonderful way for families and friends to engage with one another and enjoy what we hope will be beautiful Santa Barbara summer weather this year, while enjoying some all-time favorites featured in this year’s Sun, Surf and Cinema themed line-up! “


Written by artsandlec

UCSB Arts & Lectures was founded in 1959 and is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Arts & Lectures 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. Learn more at

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