812 Cinema

812 Cannery Row,
Monterey, CA 93940

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GeorgeS
GeorgeS on July 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm

I was stationed in CA.in the Army in 1971-72 and took a leave to Monterey. Discovered the 812 and saw a double feature – FREAKS and THE TERROR OF TINY TOWN an “all midget western” from 1933. I still have the handbill I picked up on the night of 2/19/72.

jermsvt
jermsvt on January 20, 2013 at 4:47 am

DougieD: I thought I was the only one who remembered lounging on the cushions at the 812. My assignment at the Presidio was in 1971, but I seem to recall that at that time the screen was a sheet attached to the wall. Funky can be a good thing.

DougieD
DougieD on January 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm

What an amazing place. I was stationed at the Presidio between ‘76 and '77. We always looked forward to driving down the hill to Cannery Row and watching a movie at the 812. Laying on the carpeted floor with lots of pillows…. who would imagine building a theater like that today? Too bad!! I loved the place! Doug

Dramatrauma
Dramatrauma on June 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Oh wow! Thanks for posting this John. I had heard the legends of the 812 but never thought I’d see the interior. In this age of “living Room Cinema” (since couches are cheaper than installing theater seats) the 812 was truly ahead of its time. I spent a summer working at the Dream (I thought itd be longer but after “Jungle Book” closed I was let go, devastating to a 16 year old LOL)so I can only imagine the funky fabulousness of the 812 interior.