AMC Santa Monica 7

1310 Third Street,
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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The AMC Santa Monica 7 is open of three new cinemas which opened along Santa Monica’s fashionable Third Street Promenade in the early-1990’s.

Contributed by Kirk J. Besse

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Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I love that city councils think that keeping the number of seats the same means the same amount of traffic… don’t they understand that half those seats are empty anyway? If they spread the same seats out over 14 screens there will be TWICE the traffic regardless.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on April 14, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Brad — I don’t think they’ll keep the AMC7, since the whole rationale for this is that it can’t compete with “modern” multiplexes. And in the article, they address parking: the city is demoing the old bank at 5th and Arizona with the idea of putting a parking structure there. No idea what’s going to happen to the Criterion.

Chris — yes, this is what I thought. It originally sounded like they were going to expand the 7 somehow.

Scott — do you want to run for city counsel? We need you!

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 14, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Sadly I think it has something to do with antiquated laws/regulations concerning parking:seat ratios. Back in the days of singles and twins it was fairly predictable to say a city needs X spaces to accomodate Y seats. Now this predictability is gone since theatres have learned to minimize downtime and ensure a constant steady stream of customers. It’s just my guess but I think the city is probably bound to operate under the outdated regulations and the theatres take advantage of that.

At least I hope so because if politicians can’t understand that twice as many choices might draw twice as many customers then we truly do elect some strange individuals.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on April 19, 2010 at 8:50 am

Editorial on page 4:

http://www.smdp.com/pdf/041910.pdf

Is AMC playing fair to get the rights to build a new theater?

ThomasB70
ThomasB70 on May 18, 2013 at 4:15 am

I worked here from 1993 to 1996. Had a great time. Loved working the AFM festivals.

BRADE48
BRADE48 on January 14, 2014 at 8:16 am

I recieved this e-mail this morning.

As a valued ArcLight Member, you are among the first to hear the exciting news we just announced. ArcLight Santa Monica at the Santa Monica Place will be our newest LA-based ArcLight Cinemas and is slated to open in the spring of 2015.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on January 14, 2014 at 9:48 am

AMC had better turn this place into another Dine-In. It’s the only way the theatre will compete against ArcLight. And Laemmle.

BRADE48
BRADE48 on January 14, 2014 at 10:16 am

I would assume this will be the last year the Broadway 4 Theatres will be in business. A dine in Theatre could be the only way AMC7 would stay open. Arclight SM would be the promenent theatre in SM and would really eat away at the competition.

RobertAlex
RobertAlex on January 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

I think they just need to change the seats to recliners like they did with the Fallbrook location. That alone turned Fallbrook 7 into a destination theater for the West Valley. Every time I go there it is so crowded, you have to get your seats at least a day early for popular films. Not every tourist will want to pay $16 for a matinee.

Will this be Arclight’s first built from the ground up theater since the first one in Hollywood?? I think it will be. I wonder if they will still leave the same footage as the screen height between the front row of seats and the screen as they have in Hollywood?

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on January 14, 2014 at 11:12 am

I believe the La Jolla (San Diego), Chicago (opening later this year) and Virginia (opening in 2015) ArcLights are built from the ground up.

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