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.

Contributed by B Erickson

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 28, 2007 at 10:03 pm

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

meheuck
meheuck on May 1, 2008 at 9:17 am

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
hanksykes on May 1, 2008 at 12:15 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 3:30 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
kencmcintyre on November 27, 2009 at 4:07 pm

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

monika
monika on June 4, 2010 at 1:04 am

May 2010 photo I took from the parking garage across the street:
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BRADE48
BRADE48 on June 6, 2011 at 7:53 pm

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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

The first two Monicas described in this 1970 trade article:Boxoffice

richjr37
richjr37 on June 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Closing temporarily for remodeling today.

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