Santa Maria Theatre

207 South Broadway,
Santa Maria, CA 93454

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Santa Maria Theatre

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The Santa Maria Theatre was opened prior to 1941. This 1,236-seat single screen movie theatre was twinned in its later days of operation.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 10, 2005 at 4:47 am

Film Daily Yearbooks,1941 gives a seating capacity of 1,250. The F.D.Y. 1952 gives a seating capacity of 1,236.

Manwithnoname on March 10, 2005 at 5:58 pm

Attended this theater several times, seeing films such as “Patton”, “MAS*H” and the first “Star Trek”.

scottfavareille on September 5, 2006 at 12:27 pm

This theater was once the jewel of Santa Maria. It was demolished for an extension of the Santa Maria Town Center Mall.

bonnach on September 14, 2008 at 10:42 pm

I saw my first movie there. It was huge, and right in the middle of town. Santa Maria has very little sense of history unless there is money in it. I’m surprised the Santa Maria Inn hasn’t been turned into condos.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 15, 2011 at 6:04 am

The April 23, 1927, issue of Building and Engineering News said that L. A. Smith had prepared plans for a 2-story and part 3-story theater to be built at S. Broadway and Church Street in Santa Maria for Principal Theatres Inc..

Frogger75 on November 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Wow! Memories and more memories, this was a great theatre, tucked in right along broadway, I remember seeing “Born in East LA” there back in 87'. The entire block was historic and it’s an absolute travesty what happened to it. This whole block was torn down so we could have a shopping center with a foot bridge that crosses over broadway and connects the mall to the shopping center. The shopping center is mostly vacant and Mervyns, the biggest store that was there, has been closed and empty for ten years. It’s the Santa Maria version of “the bridge to nowhere”. Bonnach nailed it, almost all of the things that made Santa Maria a nice quaint little town, like the SM theatre, have been bulldozed and replaced with strip mall garbage.

Flix70 on January 23, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I’m pretty sure this was the theater I saw Rocky IV on Thanksgiving night in 1985. My first and only visit as I was in from out of town for the holiday visiting family. I remember it being kind of small and intimate, not a venue with 1200 seats.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm

The Santa Maria Theatre must have been twinned in its last years, which is probably why Flix70 remembers it as being smaller than 1,200 seats. Check the 1983 photos linked earlier. The signage on the building didn’t specifically claim two screens, but there are two different movies on the marquee, each with the same starting times. There had to have been two screens.

bobbydias on March 17, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Maybe not referring to twin screens. The Santa Maria had the regular screen plus a cinerama screen for some special type of movies. Also, the upstair seat area was closed for some years because of safety concerns- the bottom area seated only 973 if a notice in the office was correct(I went there to sign a waiver of responsibility of my safety because the owner was afraid somebody would sue him if I got hurt at one of my all-girl get togethers). bonnach said: “Santa Maria has very little sense of history unless there is money in it.”– The guy running the museum(Chamber of Commerce building) runs it to suit his financial needs by changing history if the price is right.

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