Three-day event includes ‘E.T.,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Blade Runner’ and pipe organ performance

Staff Report

Metropolitan Theatres’ Arlington Theatre is celebrating its 90th anniversary, and to commemorate the occasion, it will reopen with a three-day event May 21-23.

Three classic films, “E.T.,” “Ghostbusters” and “Blade Runner: The Final Cut,” will be shown daily. All tickets are $5 and are on-sale at and on the Metropolitan Theatres mobile app. Guests will receive a free popcorn with ticket purchase. Daily showtimes are 2:30, 5:15 and 8 p.m.

Kicking off the day’s events at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 22 will be a free live performance featuring organ music provided by the Santa Barbara Theatre Organ Society with special guest organist Adam Aceto.

Aceto will play on the Arlington’s Great Theatre Pipe Organ, a 1928 Robert-Morton “Wonder Morton,” of which only five were ever made. Tickets are not needed but admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We are grateful for the Santa Barbara County community and its incredible support of the theater, the events and films we’re been so fortunate to host,” said David Corwin, president of Metropolitan Theatres. “This is our opportunity to say ‘thank you’ for their loyalty over the past 90 years.

“This will be a special year at The Arlington Theatre as we look back and celebrate our history of providing entertainment to the greater Santa Barbara area.”

The schedule for the celebration is as follows:

Friday, May 21: 

“E.T.” – 2:30 p.m.

“Ghostbusters” – 5:15 p.m.

“Blade Runner: The Final Cut” – 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 22: 

Organ Music Performance – 12:30 p.m.

“E.T.” – 2:30 p.m.

“Ghostbusters” – 5:15 p.m.

“Blade Runner: The Final Cut” – 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 23:

“Ghostbusters” – 2:30 p.m.

“E.T” – 5:15 p.m.

“Blade Runner: The Final Cut”- 8 p.m.

Metropolitan Theatres Corporation’s safety protocols are detailed on the Metropolitan Theatres website.

Built in 1931, Arlington Theatre is home to cinema, live stage entertainment, and film festival events. With seating for some 2,000 patrons, the Arlington offers 3D digital presentation and live satellite broadcasts of concerts, operas and sporting events.