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Designation Status: Designated City Landmark

Assessor Parcel Number: 039-131-007

Historic Name: Arlington Theatre

Constructed: 1930-31, 1976

Property Description:

Large fortress like structure. The Theatre arcade entrance presents a low key profile with a large, graceful arch and arcade of columns. The marquee cantilevers over the sidewalk. Setback and to the left side of the building is a tall steeple. The hipped roof is covered in red tile .

Architect: Edwards, Plunkett, and Howell

Architectural Style: Spanish Colonial Revival

Property Type: Theater

Original Use: Theatre


Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (03/15/1983).

The Arlington Theatre was designed by important local architectural firm Edwards and Plunkett for Fox West Coast Theatres in 1931. The theater's beautiful Spanish influenced design was a part of the larger movement by local architects to recreate the city post-earthquake in Spanish Colonial Revival style- a key part of Santa Barbara's history that has since defined the city's character and heritage. The Arlington Theatre was renovated by the Metropolitan Theatres Corp. in 1976.

Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (Resolution No. 13-82) by the following criteria:

A. Its character, interest or value as a significant part of the heritage of the City, the State or the Nation; Because the structure faithfully continues to be a theatre, now hosting the International Film Festival annually, because the building was designed by locally famed architectural firm Edwards, Plunkett, and Howell, and because the building is exemplary of Spanish Colonial Revival design;
C. Its identification with a person or persons (Edwards, Plunkett, and Howell) who significantly contributed to the culture and development of the City, the State, or the Nation;
D. Its exemplification of a particular architectural style (Spanish Colonial Revival) or way of life important to the City, the State, or the Nation;
E. Its exemplification of the best remaining architectural type (Spanish Colonial Revival) in a neighborhood;
F. Its identification as the creation, design, or work of a person or persons (Edwards, Plunkett, and Howell) whose effort significantly influenced the heritage of the City, the State, or the Nation;
G. Its embodiment of elements demonstrating outstanding attention to architectural design, detail, materials and craftsmanship;
I. Its unique location or singular characteristic representing an established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood.

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