The Film Festival Might Take Over a Downtown Movie Theater

••• “The city is in talks to lease the Fiesta 5 Theatre [on State Street between Canon Perdido and Carrillo] to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival nonprofit. The Metropolitan Theatres Corporation currently leases the location but filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March and is three months behind on rent.” (I saw Challengers—and loved it—at Metropolitan’s Paseo Nuevo cineplex, but if I ever have to visit one of the company’s theaters again, I’m gearing up like Naomi Campbell during the pandemic.) —Noozhawk

••• “Constellation Brands—the drinks giant whose portfolio includes Corona and Modelo beers as well as Meiomi, Kim Crawford and Robert Mondavi wineries—has signed a deal to purchase Sea Smoke, an iconic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay estate vineyard in Santa Barbara County’s Sta. Rita Hills, from founder Bob Davids. The sale includes 1,100 acres of land, 256 of them planted with vines, plus a winery in nearby Lompoc, the inventory and brand.” —Wine Spectator

••• “UCLA Health opened up a location in downtown Santa Barbara.” —KEYT

••• “Santa Barbara’s downtown Boys & Girls Club will no longer be a Boys & Girls Club come summer.” —Independent

••• “The Barnsdall-Rio Grande Filling Station in Goleta […] A Historian Provides Some Context on the Building That May Be Part of Sandpiper Golf Course Renovations.” —Independent

••• “A decades-long effort to bring viable commuter rail from Ventura County into Santa Barbara and Goleta has gained significant momentum, and could be here early next year. […] The plan calls for a morning train from Moorpark Station and a late-morning returning on Metrolink. An evening return trip from the South Coast to Los Angeles Union Station would take place on Amtrak.” —Noozhawk

••• “Santa Barbara Winemakers Renew Push for Business Improvement District […] Similar Effort Was Withdrawn in 2020 Because of Bitter Opposition by Smaller Vineyards.” —Independent

••• “Potter’s Point Created on Ellwood Mesa […] Goleta City Council Names Prominent Seaside Bluff After the Late Artist Chris Potter.” —Independent


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