Monica Film Center

1332 2nd Street | MAP
Santa Monica, CA 90401

310-478-3836

 

Much has happened since we posted notice of our closure on March 16. To get you up to speed, check out the links below . They include several messages from Greg Laemmle during the last couple of weeks.The big headline is that we've launched a new video-on-demand service – Laemmle's Virtual Cinema – in conjunction with our distributors. Since we can't go out to the movies, this will allow us to watch Laemmle films while we stay in!This is a particularly challenging time as we fight to preserve our 82-year legacy. You can help keep Laemmle strong. Here's how: 1. Watch movies online. To see what's playing, join our mailing list and bookmark the [...]

[ JUMP TO FILMS ]Dear Laemmle Fans,As we enter the third week of CoronaClosure, I again want to thank you for your show of support. You are amazing! If you can, please continue buying Premiere Cards and Gift Cards .In this email, we are adding four new titles to the LVC program. And Then We Danced is a terrific film from Georgia, perhaps my favorite film that opened in the first part of this year. We are also adding Balloon and The Wild Goose Lake , two well reviewed films that had the misfortune of opening on Friday, March 13, and were not able to play for even a full week in theatres. Finally, we are adding Perfect Nanny , a film that has not [...]

[ JUMP TO FILMS ]Dear Laemmle Fans,I know I just contacted you a couple days ago about the launch of the Laemmle Virtual Cinema program, but we've got a number of excited distributors who wanted to share some additional films. And since many of you are looking for stuff to do while sheltering in place, I figured another message wouldn’t hurt.We’ve also created a page to answer any questions you may have about Laemmle Virtual Cinema. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out via our company email , or to submit a comment via our website . I can't promise we will be able to answer all your questions directly, but your feedback [...]

Dear Laemmle Fans,As an exhibitor, I'm supposed to hate VOD (video on demand), seeing it as an enemy out to destroy my family's 80+ year old business. However, I believe that people will always love going to the movie theatre, and that they recognize movie-going as the best way to appreciate what the filmmaker has created.But right now, going to the movie theatre isn't an option. We all know why this is the case, and we're just going to have to accept it until we can get through this crisis. These unprecedented times call for new alliances. So in partnership with a number of our indie distributors, we are launching the "Laemmle Virtual Cinema" [...]

A letter from Greg Laemmle about the closing of the theaters sent on March 20. ........................................................ Dear Laemmle Fans,My family has been in this business in Los Angeles since 1938. I've been doing my job for over 30 years. During that time, we've had fires, earthquakes, a couple very serious instances of civic unrest, a major terrorist attack on our country, and countless other threats and instances of adversity. But even when curfews curtailed our hours of operation, we managed to be open and showing movies. Even if most people didn't want to get out, there were always those who found solace and escape in [...]

Dear Laemmle Family,In accord with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s executive order and in efforts to “flatten the curve,” we have temporarily closed all of our venues including those in municipalities not covered by the Mayor's order.We will contact ticket holders via email with refund instructions for tickets purchased in advance.We appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation.Visit laemmle.com for updates.Please take care of yourselves and those most at risk. Hope to see you soon.– Team Laemmle [...]

This Friday Laemmle's Glendale, Santa Monica, North Hollywood and Pasadena venues will open THE WILD GOOSE LAKE , acclaimed director Diao Yinan's eagerly anticipated follow-up to his 2014 Berlinale winning neo-noir BLACK COAL, THIN ICE. Toppling box office records in Diao’s native China, the film “cements his status as a master filmmaker with another ingenious crime epic” (Little White Lies).When smalltime mob leader Zhou Zenong (Chinese superstar Hu Ge) accidentally kills a cop, a dead-or-alive bounty is placed on his head, forcing him on the lam from both the police as well as dangerous gangsters out for the reward. Hiding out in China’s densely [...]

CANCELLED: We regret to inform you that this Sunday's Laemmle Live concert featuring Samohi Chamber Orchestra has been cancelled. This is in line with the school's decision to cancel other large public gatherings. We appreciate your understanding of the situation. LAEMMLE LIVE proudly welcomes back our hometown band - Samohi Chamber Orchestra. Orchestra Directors are Joni Swenson and Jason Aiello. Santa Monica High School, fondly referred to as Samohi, is a large urban public high school. Founded in 1891, Samohi has an enrollment of 3,000 diverse students and is situated on a twenty-six acre campus just a short walk from the Pacific Ocean. The [...]

RSVP ON EVENTBRITE This is a Free Event LAEMMLE LIVE puts a fresh spin on chamber music this month and proudly introduces Mixtape Quartet. Mixtape Series draws inspiration from how friends share music. We curate our favorite musical moments to share a feeling. And to tell a story. We love the nostalgic and intimate quality of personalized cassettes. And we value the abundant diversity of music available on today's streaming platforms. Mixtape combines the best of both. But Pandora and Spotify are no match for human instinct. Our handcrafted playlists connect pieces in ways no algorithm could hope to think up! We seamlessly thread together [...]

Now is the time to enjoy fantastic films from around the world. All five of the Oscar-nominated documentary features -- THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY , THE CAVE , FOR SAMA , AMERICAN FACTORY and HONEYLAND are in theaters now, before the awards show on February 9. Four of the five Oscar nominees for Best International Feature -- LES MISÉRABLES , PAIN AND GLORY , PARASITE and HONEYLAND (deservedly, it's nominated twice!) are now in theaters.We hope to open the Polish drama CORPUS CHRISTI , the fifth foreign film nominee and the dark horse in the race, on March 6 at the Monica Film Center, Playhouse and Town Center. The film is about 20-year-old Daniel, who [...]

RSVP ON EVENTBRITE This is a Free Event LAEMMLE LIVE proudly launches its fourth season with the musicians of Kaleidoscope. Beloved radio host Rich Capparela returns to host our popular Sunday morning concert series. The critically acclaimed local conductorless chamber orchestra is dedicated to enriching lives through exhilarating concert experiences, artistic excellence, musician leadership, and connecting with the diverse communities of Los Angeles. They envision a world where commitment to collaborative artistic process results in profound orchestral performances that inspire people to pursue cooperation and artistry in their own creative, [...]

We are thrilled to announce that beginning this weekend we will be screening all of the documentaries short-listed for the 2020 Oscars . Together the 15 films offer a breathtaking portrait of our world, from the micro -- the freelance Mexico City ambulance drivers of Midnight Family and the Macedonian beekeeper of Honeyland -- to macro -- the data theft crisis depicted in The Great Hack and the savage forced family planning of One Child Nation , all told with peak cinematic genius. The final five Oscar nominees will be announced January 13 and the 92nd annual Academy Awards ceremony is set for Sunday, February 9, but all of these documentaries are [...]

A NEW CHRISTMAS filmmakers Travis Hodgkins (writer/producer), Rashaana Shah (producer), Anil Mohin (associate producer) and Heather Maggi (editor) will participate in a Q&A following the 7:50 pm show on Friday, 12/6. [...]

Listen up Laemmle-ites!For a limited time, receive $1 off concessions for EACH ticket you buy on Lammle.com . We know, "unthinkable!" But we made it happen. Here's the scoop: • Good at all Laemmle locations EXCEPT the Fine Arts .• No menu restrictions - good for ANY concession item! "Even booze?" you ask. "Yes, indeed!" we reply.• Not valid for merchandise.• You can only use savings for ONE purchase, in-person, during the show you purchased tickets for.• You can't redeem it for cash. Meaning, there's no money back if the price of your order comes in below the value of your discount. (But hey, if that does happen, you'll get your entire order [...]

LAEMMLE LIVE proudly ushers in the 2019 holiday season with the new American Youth Symphony Brass Ensemble, performing classical and holiday melodies. Beloved radio host Rich Capparela returns to host the festivities.Forrest Johnston, trumpetTyler Norris, trumpetValerie Ankeney, french hornMichael Dolin, tromboneErrol Rhoden, tubaFounded in 1964 by renowned conductor Mehli Mehta, the American Youth Symphony inspires the future of classical music by training the next generation of professional musicians and building new audiences for orchestral music. AYS presents ambitious seasons that feature thoughtful programming of exceptionally high quality, [...]

HALA Q&A with director Minhal Baig following the 7:20 pm show on Saturday, 11/23. [...]

FANTASTIC FUNGI Q&A's after select showtimes. - Fri., 5:20pm Director Louie Schwartzberg, Ryan Munevar, Decriminalize CA and Ashley Booth, Aware Project7:40pm Director Louie Schwartzberg, Ryan Munevar, Decriminalize CA, Ashley Booth, Aware Project, Brad Adams, Los Angeles Medicinal Plant Society, and Tara Rodriquez, PsychedeliciA Integration10/26 - Sat., 7:40pm Director Louie Schwartzberg Andy Lipkis, Founder of TreePeople10/27 - Sun, 5:20pm Director Louie Schwartzberg, Andy Lipkis Founder of TreePeople, Michael Martinez, Founder of L.A Compost and Jonathan Palfrey, Executive Director, Climate Resolve [...]

THE PORTAL Q&A's after select showtimes. Friday 11/1 5:20pmTom Cronin - Producer and Co-WriterJacqui Fifer - Director, Producer and Co-WriterHeather Hennessy - Film SubjectAmandine - Film SubjectFriday 11/1 7:40pmTom Cronin - Producer and Co-WriterJacqui Fifer - Director, Producer and Co-WriterHeather Hennessy - Film SubjectSaturday 11/2 5:20pmTom Cronin - Producer and Co-WriterJacqui Fifer - Director, Producer and Co-WriterHeather Hennessy - Film SubjectAmandine - Film SubjectSaturday 11/2 7:40pmTom Cronin - Producer and Co-WriterJacqui Fifer - Director, Producer and Co-WriterHeather Hennessy - Film Subject [...]

CRACKED UP Q&A's moderated by Trudy Goodman following the 7:20 pm show on Friday, 9/20 and Saturday, 9/21. Friday's participants: Bonnie Greenberg with director Michelle Esrick, star Darrell Hammond, Macy Gray and Diane Warren. Saturday's participants: Michelle Esrick and Darrell Hammond. [...]

AUGGIE director/writer Matt Kane and writer Marc Underhill will participate in a Q&A following the 7:50 pm show on 9/20. [...]