Theater Facilities

The Pollock Theater is a 296-seat, state-of-the-art media exhibition hall equipped to show everything from early silent films to the latest in digital filmmaking. The Theater feature a Sony 4K Projector, a custom-built Meyer Sound system and the only 35mm dual film projection system in Santa Barbara. The theater is perfectly calibrated to express the true storytelling dreams of the filmmaker.

After a screening, the Pollock Theater engages direct conversations with filmmakers, critics, and scholars. These discussions are recorded using state-of-the-art broadcast and production equipment and are Pollock Theater Internship that provides important skills and Production credits that helps students make the transition into the Television industry. These shows airs on the UCTV cable broadcast station and have number 13.8 million on-line views.

Post discussion, The Michael Douglas Lobby is a gathering space for receptions with our special honored guests and theater patrons. The lobby also features a media wall for screening art.



Theater History

The Pollock Theater dates back to the fall of 1994, when the faculty and staff of the Film Studies Program and the Arts & Lectures Program drafted a proposal for a new Center for the Film Arts at UC Santa Barbara, to include, among other items, a theater with state-of-the art film and video projection, film and video production facilities, and a café with an adjacent reception area. The plans were presented to a friend of the UCSB campus, Dr. Joseph Pollock, who generously took the lead in exploring opportunities for funding this ambitious project.

In 2002, plans for the Pollock Theater were folded into a larger and more intellectually capacious enterprise, the Center for Film, Television, and New Media, now known as the Carsey-Wolf Center.  The present site of the Pollock Theater was selected in 2004, and construction began in 2007. Although the technology necessary to equip a “state-of-the-art” theater changed greatly over the course of the project’s history, the core principles of the original proposal survive in this beautiful facility, which serves the research and teaching needs of media faculty and students, and offers public programs for the wider community.