1328 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 260-1528 | map |
Website: americancinematheque.com | schedule | on facebook
Opened: 1939 by Donald Douglas so that the workers at his Santa Monica aircraft plant could have nearby entertainment. During the war, the Aero stayed open 24 hours a day. The theatre operated as a second-run neighborhood house for decades while Montana Avenue changed from scruffy and working-class to a trendy shopping street.
Architect: P.M. Woolpert
Seating: Originally around 600, now down to 425.
In Barry Sonnenfeld's "Get Shorty" (MGM, 1995) we see
John Travolta and Rene Russo strolling down the block
from the Aero after seeing a film. The Vista Theatre
was used for the theatre interior.
A view of the auditorium in 2010.
photo: Bill Counter
An art deco end standard on
the Aero Theatre seats.
photo: Bill Counter - 2010
Here we're looking at the installation work on 2 Norelco
DP70 35/70MM machines at the Aero in 2005. It's a photo on this
site's DP70s in California page. The photo is by Paul Reyton.
full size view
Thomas Hauerslev's wonderful site is the place to visit
for information about 70mm projector history, news
of 70mm festivals and more.
An entrance view of the Aero added to the
Photos of Los Angeles page by Ken McIntyre.
full size view | on LATheatres/Facebook
A 1942 Aero view from Karl Gerber
on the So Cal Facebook page.