About Us

In the summer of 2008, Carpinterians were treated to an event in Linden Field that became an instant hit--movies on the big screen under the stars. The movie series attracted locals and visitors alike, and among those in attendance were Bill Dayka and Lea Boyd. Free and fun, the movies were provided by Carpinteria local Mike Holder and The Traveling Picture Show, a new company that offered the experience at no cost to the community in 2008 with the intention of gaining sponsorships to fund the series in 2009. 
The following summer arrived and Carpinterians began wondering when the outdoor movies would begin. Bill, owner of Rockwell Printing, and Lea, then editor of Coastal View News, were asked by family and friends, "Will the movies be back this summer?"
They soon discovered that the film series faced a grim fate. With the failing economy and other concerns, The Traveling Picture Show was having trouble securing funding for the well-loved series. Bill and Lea jumped in to help make it happen, launching an all-volunteer organization called Carpinteria Movies in the Park. Thanks to a large contribution by the City of Carpinteria, as well as donations by community members and sponsorships by local businesses and service clubs, the outdoor movie series was resurrected and six family films were shown in Linden Field during the summer of 2009.

Since then, Carpinteria Movies in the Park obtained its 501c3 nonprofit status and has offered a run of free films every summer thanks to generous sponsors.

In 2018, Casey Balch joined the board, bringing fresh enthusiasm to carry the cherished community tradition into its second decade. Lea stepped down from the board, and Bill is working with Casey to shift the nonprofit into new leadership.

To contribute to Movies in the Park, please visit our donations page or contact Casey (805) 722-5801 or  Bill (805) 684-0013
or email info@carpmovies.org to find out more.