Montclair Theatre

Holt Boulevard,
Montclair, CA 91763

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The Montclair Theatre - Montclair, California

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One of three indoor theaters in Montclair. The other two were Montclair Cinema on Monte Vista at Montclair Plaza and Montclair 6 on Central Avenue and San Bernardino Road.

The Montclair Theatre opened by SRO in 1967 as a 1,250 seat single screen theatre. Later taken over by Pacific Theatres, it was converted into a triple screen to the designs of architect Thomas Berkes.

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Dmann7757 on October 22, 2009 at 2:59 am

Sterling Recreation Organization (SRO) owned the Montclair Theatre until they sold it to Pacific Theatres in 1984. I worked for SRO nearly 10 years, and was an Assistant Mgr. at the Montclair Theatre, before transferring to other theatres owend by them. The Montclair Theatre originally had one screen and sat approximately 1,250 patrons. It had a “cry room” (a glass enclosed room at the rear of the theatre). The room sat about 12 people so families with infants and young children could watch the movie without disturbing other patrons. In about 1977, it was expanded by adding an additional 650 seat house and a 250 seat house. The name was changed to the Montclair Triplex. This was done in part to compete with the Montclair Cinema, which had two movie screens located at the Montclair Plaza. At the time executives felt the city was saturated with movie screens, and that theatres would not want to compete with each other by showing the same movie, which is now commonplace. A third Multiplex movie theatre opened on San Bernardino Road, and incorporated “lodge seating” for which they charged more money. After Pacific Theatres bought out SRO’s theatres in California, they divided the large house, which was one of the last theatre houses in the area capable of seating that many people. Shortly thereafter, the theatre was closed.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on November 19, 2009 at 9:29 am

I remember running “Rocky Horror” and “The Song Remains The Same.” Good Gosh, the six-track was awesome! Everytime I had projected a midnight show here, I would go home and eat a cherry pie. Umm, wonder why?

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on January 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Does the theatre still stand?

William on January 8, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Meredith you most mean 4-track for “The Song Remains the Same”.

kencmcintyre on January 8, 2010 at 7:38 pm

LA Times ads in 1969 list the Montclair at 4377 Holt Boulevard. Whatever was at that address has now been razed, according to the map view.

richjr37 on January 9, 2010 at 1:59 am

According to,THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME was presented in 35mm 4-track stereo(magnetic prints) and Dolby Stereo(optical prints). Never in 70mm or with 6-track stereo.

kynlee12 on February 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Worked at SRO on Holt in the 80s.. fun times…

timmym on July 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I worked at this theater while I was in high school as did my brother and sister (my brother is dmann7757 above). I had just turned 15 when I was hired and could only work on staurdays and sundays until I turned 16. I worked as an usher, ticket taker, snack bar and sometimes even in the box office…I remember “tammi” listed above as a fellow montclair high student as well as being one of our box office girls. After I started working there it seemed as though many of my friends were hired as well, Tarik, Rod, Russ, Frank, we had some great times. I also did the “movie swap” on Thursday nights before the Friday primers, this included changing the letters on the marquee that was out over the sidewalk on Holt Blvd. The front marquee with show times, change out the now showing and coming attractions posters in the front and in the lobby, The box office girl would change out the movies and times on the window dosplays and the manager would record the answering machine message. To those that I worked with Mark, Bart, Big Jim, Mike, Phil, Dennis, Tarik, Rod, Russ, Karen, Kim, Julie, Wendy, Dee, Debbie and any that I have not listed…we had some fun, didn’t we?

rivest266 on August 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Aerial from 1980 you may have to zoom in to see the building.

bartstory on March 18, 2016 at 5:45 pm

Yes we did, Tim…yes we did, indeed!

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