Enjoying Outdoor Movies in Santa Barbara

Who doesn’t love going to the movies? Regardless of age, it’s a timeless activity that the entire family can enjoy. But at Marina Beach Motel we know better than anyone that you want to be outside – I mean, come on, you’re in Santa Barbara! So, we’re directing our guests toward the thrill of an outdoor movie!

West Wind Santa Barbara Drive-In

Located less than 10 miles from our motel, West Wind Santa Barbara affords viewers with a blast to the past. The family-owned and operated business pays homage to a “truly American phenomenon.”

The atmosphere is relaxed, where old school tradition blends with the latest in technology. Small children can exert energy on the play structure nearby and the entire crew can indulge in famed theater snacks.


What should you bring? The choice is yours, but a car would be preferable. Grab take out or cook up your favorite meal and make it dinner and movie. Situate yourself in the bed of your truck, on a picnic blanket, or with the roof down. No matter how you approach it, this is a California summer night at it’s finest!

Check out their events page for upcoming Customer Appreciation Nights (where all movies are free), pajama parties, car shows and special screenings.



Animated Nights

The free summer films series at Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Garden runs from July 6th through August 24th. The event features eight animated movies with The Iron Giant – August 10th – next in the lineup.


Similar to West Wind it’s an atmosphere that encourages blankets and low-back beach chairs. Less than two miles from Marina Beach Motel, it’s the perfect way to wind down or dine out[side] before returning to your room for the night! In fact, local restaurants host “Dinner & A Movie” for this University of California Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures occasion.


What activities do you enjoy outdoors?

We share photos from S.B. all the time on Instagram and Facebook. We’d love if you joined us!

So, will we see you around town any time soon?