Santa Barbara’s Drive-In Theater Closes

West Wind Drive-In, an evening movie staple for Goleta families and teenage couples, announced it had closed Friday morning at its Facebook site. About 184 people had written regretful comments by mid-day, expressing their sadness at the closure and often using the word “fun” — and “ice cream” — to describe the experience.

The theater had hosted a special event only the night before, according to its website, offering free movies and a live band in a Customer Appreciation Night. Attempts to reach West Wind’s parent company, Syufy Enterprises of San Rafael, California, were unsuccessful.

Frank Ramirez, DJ Extraordinaire, told the Independent he provided the music on West Wind’s final night, which was a double feature of How to Train Your Dragon 3 and Aquaman.

[This story was updated on April 26, 2019, to provide more information on West Wind’s final night.]


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