Laemmle Monica Film Center

1332 Second Street,
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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jwells on August 31, 2017 at 8:28 pm

The current auditorium seating capacities as of August 2017 are: Theater 1 – 125; Theater 2 – 63; Theater 3 – 42; Theater 4 – 41; Theater 5 (upstairs) – 29; Theater 6 (upstairs) – 27.

rivest266 on August 5, 2016 at 8:25 pm

February 18th, 1970 grand opening ad in photo section

BRADE48 on January 28, 2016 at 7:59 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!

BRADE48 on December 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm

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

MarkNYLA on January 8, 2015 at 8:00 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?

richjr37 on June 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Closing temporarily for remodeling today.

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.

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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kencmcintyre on November 27, 2009 at 4:07 pm

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

kencmcintyre on July 28, 2007 at 5:06 pm

I believe that is a correct assumption.

hanksykes on July 28, 2007 at 4:40 pm

May one assume that Laemmle ,the name, was chosen to honor Carl Laemmle the founder of Universal Studios?

William on September 8, 2006 at 9:24 am

Yes, When the theatre opened it was known as the Monica Twin. When I lived in the city we called it the Monicas.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 8, 2006 at 9:14 am

I recall that this theatre’s official name was “Monica Twin” before it was further multiplexed.

William on September 7, 2005 at 5:30 pm

The current auditorium seating capacities are 152, 217, 235, 470.

William on September 23, 2004 at 4:25 pm

The Monica 4 Theatres is one block north of the former Pussycat theatre.

MagicLantern on September 23, 2004 at 2:50 pm

This use to be a few doors down from the old Pussycat Theatre (now a Buca di Beppo).