Santa Barbara City Council listens to an appeal brought by Alma del Pueblo developer Margaret Cafarelli to the HLC approved plans of Arlington Village designed by Detlev "Detty" Peikert. (Oct. 29, 2013) | Credit: Paul Wellman (file)

Bruce Corwin — the face behind the Metropolitan Theatres chain that, with only a few exceptions, has shown every commercial film shown throughout the South Coast for at least 30 years — died last week at age 81. Corwin was also a generous philanthropist; he was described in his Los Angeles Times obituary as a “mensch.” Under Corwin’s direction, The Arlington Theatre — long one of downtown Santa Barbara’s marquee movie houses — underwent a significant acoustical face-lift, making it a competitive venue for music performances as well. 

Learn more about the Corwin family’s legacy by Stan Roden of baba2films:

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