Santa Barbara Courthouse Reopens Docent Tours

By Montecito Journal   |   June 21, 2022
The Santa Barbara Courthouse will be offering in-person docent tours again

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse Docent Council reopened the courthouse for tours this past Monday, June 13. The courthouse, constructed in 1929 following the 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake, is a landmark popular among both locals and visitors. 

Free one-hour tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm, with no reservation required. Tours begin in the mural room, which features original murals documenting scenes of Santa Barbara history, and continue through the courthouse into its exterior gardens.

The Docent Council, founded in 1974, has hosted virtual and self-guided tours throughout the pandemic but is excited for the return of in-person tours. “The tours are educational, and I think some people might say inspirational,” said Barbara Peters, Publicity Chair for the Courthouse Docent Council.

In addition to regular tours, special group tours and guided group visits to the Bisno Schall Clock Gallery are available by reservation. For more information about Special Tours, email, and for the Clock Gallery, email Visitors are subject to a security screening at entrances. Please visit the Docent Council website for additional details:

Metro Summer Kids Movies

Metro Summer Kids Movies is returning to Metropolitan Theaters at Fiesta 5 Theatres and Camino Real Cinemas from June 7 to August 11. Families can enjoy familiar favorites such as The Secret Life of Pets, The Croods, Hotel Transylvania, and The Boss Baby on the big screen for only $2 per ticket. New kid-friendly releases will also be showcased at the theaters during the summer. A new movie in the series will be shown each week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings at 10 am, depending on the location. Those looking for a field trip, birthday party, or group outing can book a Metro Summer Kids Movies Private Rental for up to 20 guests for $125, which also includes kid’s combo packs. 

“This family-friendly program brings films for all ages back to the theater and offers our youngest guests and their families a fun way to spend their summer by watching their favorite films on the big screen,” said David Corwin, President of Metropolitan Theatres Corporation. 

For more information on Metro Summer Kids Movies, including the full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit


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