AMC Broadway 4

1441 3rd Street Promenade,
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Disney_Fan on July 31, 2018 at 1:08 am

Fun fact: I’ve heard that this Cineplex is where Disney held the premiere for Mighty Joe Young in 1998.

MikeRadio on March 30, 2018 at 2:34 pm

Does anyone know if the 2 upstairs theaters ever had balconies? It looks like it.

rivest266 on August 5, 2016 at 5:07 pm

October 27th, 1989 grand opening ad in photo section.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on March 16, 2016 at 6:48 pm

When I worked for Cineplex Odeon in 1991-1993, this was the seating for the Broadway Cinemas:

1: 176
2: 395
3: 325
4: 225

Theatre 2 was 70mm capable.

Today, the seating has changed:

1: 64
2: 138
3: 120
4: 66

RJwestla on August 8, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Went to see Shaun the Sheep at this place today. It reopened back in mid July. All Cineplex odeon decor is totally gone. AMC said there is more work to be done. I took some cellphone pics.

RJwestla on May 8, 2015 at 3:43 pm

This theatre is currently closed. As small signs state in the box office, improvements underway. And I could tell that is indeed the case.

CSWalczak on December 16, 2012 at 2:28 am

AMC has withdrawn their proposal to build a new theater in Santa Monica: view article

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I think I posted it on the Santa Monica 7’s page… but why do city councils think a reduction in seats will mean a reduction in traffic? All those old tired regulations about X parking spaces per seat make no sense in a day where people are coming to see a convenient showtime. If anything it’s the number of screens that dictates traffic.

With the AMC 7 and the Criterion 6 closing, the new 12-plex would be one less screen and one less convenient showtime that would get people into their cars and into a parking space.

Hammerklavier on August 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Sounds like this theater will be around until their lease expires in 2014. What a waste of space. Would be great to have an Arclight and a new arthouse theater on the promenade, instead of 3 shoddy multiplexes.

DonSolosan on December 8, 2010 at 11:25 am

There’s an article in today’s Santa Monica Daily Press about the attempt to close the Broadway. It starts on the front page:

BradE41 on June 15, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Pacific and Arclight had a proposal on the table also. Too bad AMC is steamrolling ahead. A SM Arclight would be fantastic and classier than anything AMC errects. AMC is just awful.

DonSolosan on April 19, 2010 at 8:49 am

Editorial on page 4:

Did AMC lie about closing the Broadway to gain an advantage in the bidding process? Stay tuned.

And Scott: Regency Theatres' deal with the owner of the Fairfax involved them assuming more responsibility for building upkeep for a lower overall rent. And it’s not that the landlord wants AMC to stay, it’s that he wants to continue doing business as a theater — something that will be denied him if the city refuses to renew his CUP.

DonSolosan on April 8, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Again, see my post from Sept 11…

This has been the problem all along. The city and AMC may want the Broadway closed, but they don’t own the building. It’s good to hear that the owner is fighting them, however. What it seems like to me is that the city is working with AMC to reduce competition. So much for our free market economy.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 8, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I enjoy that the building owner wants the tennant to make a capital investment in their property. In my experience in the theatre business that’s not usually how it works. If the landlord wants AMC to stay, he needs to make a capital investment.

CSWalczak on April 8, 2010 at 8:41 pm

The future of this theater may have become murky; according to this article, although AMC wants to close the theater; the building’s owner wants to keep it as a cinema: View link

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on March 23, 2010 at 10:52 pm

If Fandango does not have a misprint—questionable—then AMC has equipped the place with a digital projector. Must not be doing TOO poorly if true.

DonSolosan on February 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm

See my post from Sept 11…

tlsloews: the exterior is vintage, but the insides look like any other soulless multiplex theater.

TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Thanks for the info CWalczak.

CSWalczak on February 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm

This theater’s days are probably numbered; AMC is in negotiations with the City of Santa Monica to build a new theater nearby, and the closing of this theater appears to be a condition for the project to move ahead. The City wants to avoid an “oversaturation” of theaters. Here is an article about the situation: View link

TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Nice looking theatre.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on September 12, 2009 at 1:26 pm

But someday this place will be turned into a Sephora or something even less glamorous than a 90’s era Cineplex Odeon. Snap a few shots for posterity.

DonSolosan on September 12, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Scott, to answer your question (nearly two years later!) as someone who has gone to all of these theaters many times — the insides of all of the 3rd St Promenade theaters are fairly recent (90s era) and so are pretty plain. That’s why I’ve never bothered to take any photos inside them. I can’t speak for others.

DonSolosan on September 11, 2009 at 9:33 am

Ken, yes, the El Miro was mostly demolished. As that poster stated, the facade was preserved. It’s one of those odd situations…

The Santa Monica Daily Press today stated that the city is demanding that if AMC replaces their 7 screener with a 12 screen facility, that they must promise to shut the Broadway 4 (which they also operate) to prevent “oversaturation of movie theaters.” The problem is, they only lease that facility, and once they give up the lease have no control over it.