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Sunken Garden Film Series

summer 2019: those fabulous fifties!

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 take place on Friday evenings in july and august in the iconic courthouse 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

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!) People are encouraged to bring jackets as it gets chilly at night. Please keep in mind that the County is not responsible for any items left unattended on the lawn. We hope to see you there!

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2019 Summer series: those fabulous fifties


Friday, July 5:     Roman Holiday     

(118 min. William Wyler, 1953)

Roman Holiday is a classic fifties movie starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. A princess named Ann, fed up with life, heads to Rome on her own to explore. While there, she meets a reporter and the two quickly spark a romance. Join us for this showing of the classic romantic comedy!

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Friday, July 12:       North by Northwest

(136 min. Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)

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


Friday, July 19:       Rebel without a cause

(111 min. Nicholas Ray, 1955)

In this landmark juvenile delinquent drama, troubled teen Jim Stark (James Dean) comes to a new town, befriends the local gang leader’s girlfriend Judy (Natalie Wood), and is challenged to a drag race where the real trouble begins.


Friday, July 26:          Some like it hot

(120 min. Billy Wilder, 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, August 9:    On the waterfront

(108 min. Elia Kazan, 1954)

On the Waterfront stars marlon brando as a dockworker and aspiring boxer. against his will, he gets mixed up with the mob. brando teams up with eva marie saint to stand against the mob and take them down a stand in this classic film.



Friday, August 16:  High Noon              

(85 min. Fred Zimmermann, 1952)

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


Friday, August 23:  Sunset Boulevard

(110 min. Billy Wilder, 1950)

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