Monica Film Centre / Laemmle's Monica 4

1332 2nd St.   | map |

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 478-3836


The revamp:  It's now called the Monica Film Centre. There are six screens on two floors. The two second floor theatres each seat 25. The main floor's four screens range in size from 46 to 138 seats. Total seating is 376.  Santa Monica Daily Press had the story in October 2014.  L.A.Magazine also had a story on the project.

A rendering of the new facade of the Monica Film
Centre from the Santa Monica Daily Press
article by David Mark Simpson.

Food service was upgraded at the theatre concession area to include salads, alcoholic drinks, sandwiches and pizza. A restaurant spreading over the first and second floors (and with outside seating) seats 181. A second restaurant is a 3,000 square foot open air space on the roof with seating for 165 and an ocean view. 

"The cinema environment is about to get more competitive in Santa Monica" said Laemmle CEO Greg Laemmle at the time the plans were publicized. He was referring to the new ArcLight complex then underway at the Santa Monica Place mall nearby.

Original opening: February 18, 1970 as a twin theatre, the Monica 1 & 2. The larger theatre (737 seats) was then split into 3 small theatres resulting in Laemmle's Monica 4. For years the complex was Santa Monica's premiere showcase for foreign and specialized releases. The theatre closed in May 2014 for renovations.

Architect: Stanley Borbals did the building in 1970.

Seating: 1,076 (152, 217, 235, 472) when it was a 4-plex.  372 total for 6 screens after the renovations.

The Monica in the Movies: James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss go to the Monica 4 for a film in Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" (Fox Searchlight, 2013). She's upset because he can't seem to whisper during the film.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Monica for lots of links to additional exterior photos.

The Cinema Tour page has a number of 2004 photos from the Scott Neff collection, including lobby views.

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     Laemmle Theatres

A nice view from the across the street
with the theatre running as a 4-plex.

A c. 2012 view of the snackbar from
the Laemmle Theatres website.

A view of the large auditorium from the
booth before the renovations of 2014.

The Laemmle Monica 4 before the 2014 renovations.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

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   Photos of Los Angeles

Thanks to Doug Simmons for
this 2016 facade photo.
A 2016 look from across the street -- again
from Doug Simmons. Thanks, Doug!
full size view | on Photos of LA

   Don Solosan - LAHTF | LAHTF on Facebook

A nice night view c.2009 of the Monica
Theatreby Don Solosan for the Los Angeles
Historic Theatre Foundation.
 full size view

Looking down from the parking
garage across the street c.2009.
Thanks, Don!


A c.2010 view of the Monica boxoffice on
Wikipedia, from their article on Santa Monica.
full size view