1328 Montana Avenue,
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Built by the Donald Douglas Company in 1939, the Aero Theatre was originally opened January 10, 1940 as a continuous 24-hour movie theatre for aircraft workers who worked in shifts around the clock. It later became a beloved neighborhood theatre and has anchored the now posh Montana Avenue section of Santa Monica.
Robert Redford’s ill-fated Sundance Cinemas project was slated to take over the Aero Theatre, but pulled out after the bankruptcy of General Cinemas and its subsequent sale to AMC and it closed in 2003. The Aero Theatre was the boyhood cinema of the famous actor/director.
In January 2005, the Aero Theatre was reopened by the American Cinematheque after a $1 million dollar restoration including a new screen, sound and projection equipment, a new concession stand and reduced seating, from nearly 600 to 425. The screen is 38 feet wide and 18 feet high. The American Cinematheque also operates the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
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