Laemmle Monica Film Center

1332 Second Street,
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Unfavorite 12 people favorited this theater

Laemmle Monica Film Center

Viewing: Photo | Street View

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 remained very popular amongst the trendy Santa Monica crowd. The Laemmle Monica 4, in advance of Arclight’s new Santa Monica cinemas, was closed June 8, 2014 for remodeling.

The completely rebuilt complex is now a six-screen art house theater named Laemmle Monica Film Center. It reopened on January 29, 2016.

Contributed by B Erickson

Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

hanksykes
hanksykes on May 1, 2008 at 9:15 am

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 12:30 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 1:07 pm

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

monika
monika on June 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm

May 2010 photo I took from the parking garage across the street:
View link

BRADE48
BRADE48 on June 6, 2011 at 4:53 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.

richjr37
richjr37 on June 8, 2014 at 9:46 am

Closing temporarily for remodeling today.

MarkNYLA
MarkNYLA on January 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm

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?

BRADE48
BRADE48 on December 21, 2015 at 11:41 am

It appears that they will miss the Holiday Season and will open in early January. As of today that is.

BRADE48
BRADE48 on January 28, 2016 at 4:59 pm

The theatre will re-open at last!

Per Facebook opening is tomorrow January 29.

The wait is nearly over! After almost two years of development and construction, the all new Laemmle Monica Film Center opens this Friday, January 29th!

Online ticketing and showtimes will be available Thursday afternoon. The films opening Friday are THE 2016 OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT DOCS, ANOMALISA, THE LADY IN THE VAN, MUSTANG, and THEEB!

Thank you for your patience! We think you’ll agree that it has been worth the wait! More details soon!

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater