The Carsey-Wolf Center provides space for the university and media industries to interact through public programs, film series, classes, research projects, and guest residencies. Facilities include a public film theater, a film and television archive, media labs, production suites, screening rooms, conference rooms, and classrooms.

Pollock Theater

The Pollock Theater, funded by a generous gift from Dr. Joseph and Helene Pollock, is a 296-seat, state-of-the-art media exhibition hall equipped to show media ranging from early silent films to the latest in digital filmmaking. The Theater features a sound system by Meyer Sound, and video equipment supplied through a generous donation from Sony Corporation. Visit this page for more information about the Pollock Theater.

The Pollock Theater’s Michael Douglas Lobby, sponsored by Oscar-winner and UC Santa Barbara alumnus Michael Douglas (’68), is a beautiful gathering space for receptions and special events held at the theater. A café supports casual interaction and discussion before and after screenings. The lobby also features a media wall for screening art exhibits and announcing upcoming events.

The Sound Stage provides student filmmakers with equipment and facilities for creating high-quality media productions. This 1250-square-foot production studio, located at the rear of the Pollock Theater, is the only dedicated space for student productions on the UC Santa Barbara campus. 

Social Sciences and Media Studies Building

The Carsey-Wolf Center’s main offices are located on the fourth floor of UC Santa Barbara’s Social Science and Media Studies building.

The Production Suite consists of an animation lab, an editing lab, and two demo/screening rooms.  Its state-of-the-art facilities provide students with the space and technology they need to pursue creative, independent, experimental work. 

The Scott and Jennifer Frank Screening Room, funded by a gift from screenwriter and alumnus Scott Frank (’82) and his wife Jennifer, is one of two screening rooms serving students, researchers and visiting filmmakers. The rooms offer facilities for screening student dailies, as well as production demonstration and spaces for visiting researchers and filmmakers who want to view films from the Center’s archive.

The Film and Television Archive houses an important collection of television shows, videos and films, intended primarily for preservation and consultation by researchers and scholars.  The archive includes a full range of media formats, from 16 mm film through Blu-Ray. It is temperature and humidity controlled to preserve these essential materials.

The Wallis Annenberg Conference Room is a premiere meeting space located adjacent to the Carsey-Wolf Center’s office suite. Featuring a terrace with striking views of the campus, it is used for seminars, symposia, lectures, public events, and meetings with industry leaders and policymakers. The room also features a digital video and sound system provided by a generous donation from the Sony Corporation.  Reservations for this room are coordinated by the College of Letters and Sciences.  To reserve the Annenberg Room, send an email to