Studs at the Pussycat Theatre

7734 Santa Monica Boulevard,
West Hollywood, CA 90046

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Pussycat Sign

The Monica Theatre opened on March 15, 1940 with Bette Davis in “The Old Maid”. On August 30, 1968 it became the left bank Theatre, screening Eva Renzi in “That Woman”. The venue has had many different incarnations but is best known for its days as a Pussycat Theatre which opened March 13, 1970 with Loray White in “The Notorious Cleopatra” & Vic Lance in “Weekend Lovers”. The Pussycat Theatre continued into the 1980’s.

It then became the Tomkat Theatre screening hardcore gay adult films for many years.

Today, as Studs at the Pussycat Theatre, it continues to show gay adult features, and was converted into a four-screen theatre in 2011.

Contributed by William Gabel, Joe Vogel

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm

This theatre has been multiplexed. If you look at the floor plan on their website it appears to have four screens now. Info up top should be changed accordingly.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on August 30, 2012 at 9:00 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

CTCrouch on February 13, 2013 at 5:07 pm

The prints which remain in front of the theatre are: Linda Lovelace – 12/20/73 Jay Lawrence – 11/19/74 (a radio DJ for KLAC at the time) Georgina Spelvin – 9/29/77 Marilyn Chambers – 5/23/80 Harry Reems – 9/30/82 Eric Edwards & Kay Parker – 7/12/84 (share a tile) John Holmes -2/7/85 There are two blank/patched spaces, which match the dimensions of the other tiles, suggesting there may have been at least two more prints at one time.

rivest266 on August 5, 2016 at 9:06 pm

March 13th, 1970 grand opening ad as a Pussycat theatre can be found in the photo section.

alisonwriter on July 10, 2018 at 10:38 pm

Hi there, I’m working on a project about the old Pussycat Theater and would like to interview former (and current Studs) employees—projectionists, managers, ushers, ticket sellers, janitors, etc. No on-camera required. alisonnastasi (at) gmail

OldSchoolBx1970 on March 16, 2019 at 7:44 am

I passed by this movie theater during one of my visits to LA in ‘99 and 2000

davidcoppock on May 4, 2019 at 1:37 am

Opened as the Pussycat Theatre with “The notirious Cleopatra” and “Weekend lovers”.

rivest266 on September 19, 2019 at 3:52 pm

Opened as Monica on March 15th, 1940. Grand opening ad posted.

davidcoppock on September 19, 2019 at 9:33 pm

Opened as Monica with “Old Maid”.

rivest266 on October 31, 2019 at 4:43 pm

Reopened as Left Bank on August 30th, 1968. Another ad posted.

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