Mayfair Theatre

214 Santa Monica Boulevard,
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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This theater opened as the Majestic Theatre in December 1911.

In 1973, it became the Mayfair Theatre/Music Hall and can be viewed along the popular 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

Sadly, the theatre was damaged in the Northridge earthquake on January 17, 1994, and sat empty and unused until January 2011, when it was demolished, leaving only the facade standing.

At the time of closure, it was used for comedy and music acts.

It was one of four theatres in downtown Santa Monica, others being Fox Criterion Theatre, El Miro Theatre and the Hitching Post Theatre.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Harvey
Harvey on July 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Currently watching the first ever episode of THE ROCKFORD FILES on the Season 1 set and James Garner stops there during one night scene. You get to see the outside lit up and the inside as well.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on January 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm

They’re presently digging out the space for the underground parking. The building next door, which was Angelo’s Pawn Shop, is gone. All that’s left is the facade, propped up with some girders.

Jdillon
Jdillon on January 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Hi, my name is James Dillon,i was the manager from 1968-1971.
please contact me if you know anyone who was working there at that time. please contact me at (5033071078)
thankyou

LarryDickman
LarryDickman on January 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm

re: postings of rigoldst on 12/24/04 and mv on 2/6/05:

Even as pre-teens in the late ‘60s, we kids knew the Mayfair wasn’t up to par with the other local theatres like the Criterion, Wilshire and El Miro. For one, the screen seemed so much smaller, even smaller than an elementary school auditorium screen. Once, at intermission, we counted the rows of seats and I believe there were 15, maybe 20 at most. So of course films like “Marooned” and “The Battle of Britain” had much less impact than they would have at another, larger venue. (Unlike mv, I was too young to catch grindhouse fare like “Night of the Living Dead” and “The Corpse Grinders,” which probably would’ve made the Mayfair my favorite neighborhood theatre!) Other films, like Hitchcock’s “Topaz” and the Burt Reynolds missing link drama “Skullduggery” seemed duller than perhaps they really were. But the Mayfair definitely had a friendly, small-scale charm about it, especially for younger viewers. It was the first theatre I’d ever visited that had a restroom vending machine that sold magic tricks, rubber spiders and other novelty items…and where can you find that nowadays?

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on November 20, 2011 at 7:13 am

I just uploaded a flyer for a small Hitchcock festival in August 1972, my introduction to the Mayfair. I have Joseph Cotten’s signature on another part of it, which he graciously gave while chatting with people outside following “Shadow of a Doubt”.

The theater was indeed tiny. I enjoyed the films from the small balcony and the place felt ancient and almost rickety even then. But it had charm, too. The earthquake damage must have been inevitable, but I’m sorry to see it go.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 20, 2011 at 7:18 am

Is the facade still standing, and if so, what is being built behind it?

ChasSmith
ChasSmith on November 20, 2011 at 8:41 am

Google Earth and Google Street View show the facade with the destruction behind it. (Bing Maps still shows the complete building!) Someone out there will have to update us on this.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on May 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I think it’s covered in the older comments, but this is yet another mixed retail/residential building that will keep the facade of the theater. The building is almost done. The last time I went by, the facade was in good shape, but all the signage, etc., had been stripped. I don’t know what, if anything, they are planning on putting back.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on June 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I went by the other day. The construction barriers are still up. There’s a marquee and blade sign (no name) on the front of the building now, but I’m not sure where they came from. Maybe they found the blade sign somewhere in the building; it wasn’t hanging up before this conversion. Also, the marquee is different (original 2-sided, now 3-sided), and the “Box Office” and “Alumni Bar” signs that were on either side have not returned.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on February 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm

There’s just a fence around the front of the building now. No retail yet; don’t know if the residential portion is available for rent…

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