Laemmle's Monica 4

1332 Second Street,
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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OLIVER! opens the MONICA in Santa Monica

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The Monica Twin opened as a two-plex in 1970 with the opening of “Oliver!”. It was built and has always been operated by Laemmle who used to alternate between foreign films and Hollywood studio product.

In the mid-1980’s they converted the largest of the the two big screens into three small auditoriums and they started to be strictly art house from then on. It is still operating and is very popular amongst the trendy Santa Monica crowd.

It was closed June 8, 2014 for remodelling.

Contributed by B Erickson

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 29, 2007 at 3:03 am

I thought it was named after the family that owned the chain?

meheuck on May 1, 2008 at 2:17 pm

I believe the Laemmle family that operates this theatre chain were cousins to the Carl Laemmle family, with no direct ties or financial interest in Universal Studios.

hanksykes on May 1, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Thanks meheuck for the Laemmle info. Have you checked the cincy site for Heucks and Peoples Theaters or my updates on the Valley Theater here? Until soon, Hank

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 11, 2009 at 8:30 am

An article about the Monica I & II was published in Boxoffice of September 21, 1970. There were four interior photos. The Monica I originally seated 737, and the Monica II seated 471. The architect for the project was Stanley Borbals.

kencmcintyre on November 27, 2009 at 9:07 pm

I am here for a holiday matinee. The theater is very clean and well-maintained.

monika on June 4, 2010 at 6:04 am

May 2010 photo I took from the parking garage across the street:
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BRADE48 on June 7, 2011 at 12:53 am

Another screen that was ruined by chopping it into smaller not very good theatres. I grew up seeing films here when it was the Monica 1 & 2 theatres. Laemmle ran both Art and Hollywood films here with great success.

richjr37 on June 8, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Closing temporarily for remodeling today.

MarkNYLA on January 9, 2015 at 1:00 am

This place has been advertised as reopening in “late 2014 or early 2015” but I walked past it today and it is totally gutted inside, with the roof opened in spots. I don’t see this opening much before late spring or summer. Wonder what the holdup is?

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