Monica Film Center

1332 2nd Street | MAP
Santa Monica, CA 90401

310-478-3836

 

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. [...]

RSVP ON EVENTBRITE This is a Free Event LAEMMLE LIVE proudly presents talented faculty members from Santa Monica-based Elemental Music, performing Rondo from Duo 2 - Opus 81 by Friedrich Kuhlaum, Sao Paulo Shimmer by Jonathan Cohen and Mozart Clarinet Quintet K. 581. Beloved radio host Rich Capparela returns to hostSince 2004, Elemental Music has provided over 2,000 young musicians with high-quality music education experiences. Elemental Music envisions a community where youth are inspired and empowered through quality music education. Students study with expert teachers to hone their musical technique while learning the art of collaboration and [...]

DESOLATION CENTER Q&A's after select showtimes: Monica Film Center - Saturday 9/14 at 7:40pm : Director Stuart Swezey, Cinematographer Sandra Valde-Hansen, and Co-Producer Mariska Leyssius. Moderated by Andrew Crane (American Cinematheque) Playhouse 7- Sunday 9/15 at 1:30pm : Director Stuart Swezey and a short reading by Elise Thompson (LA BEAT). [...]

THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH director and star Danny Huston will participate in Q&A's following the 7:30 pm show on Friday, 9/6 and Saturday, 9/7. [...]

Things being what they are, it's a pleasure and relief to watch a comedy and we've got a dandy opening this Friday, August 30 at the Monica Film Center, Playhouse and Town Center, the Milwaukee(!)-set Give Me Liberty . The brightest critics, people normally quite hesitant with their praise, absolutely sat up in their seats when they watched this movie. Look:Anthony Lane, New Yorker : "At once breakneck and tolerant, Give Me Liberty manages to be both rousingly Russian and touchingly all-American." Manohla Dargis, New York Times : "Completely, delightfully unpredictable from scene to scene, Give Me Liberty draws you in with its moving performances [...]

RSVP ON EVENTBRITE This is a Free Event Please join us for a very special event as LAEMMLE LIVE presents the Street Symphony String Quartet, featuring a string quartet written by Director of Community Engagement, Ben Shirley and music by Reena Esmail.Street Symphony places social justice at the heart of music making by creating authentic, powerful engagements between professional and emerging artists and communities disenfranchised by homelessness and incarceration in Los Angeles County. They believe all people deserve access to a creative and expressive life. Founded in 2011, Street Symphony has presented nearly 400 free, world-class musical [...]

ODE TO JOY Q&A with director Jason Winer, actress Melissa Rauch and writer Max Werner following the 7:10 pm show on Saturday, 8/10. [...]

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING Geena Davis and Jackie Cruz will participate in a Q&A moderated by Madeline DiNonno following the 7:00 pm show on Friday, 8/9. [...]

Our summer tradition continues when our good friends from McCabe's share their musical gifts Sunday, August 4. LAEMMLE LIVE presents McCabe's Guitar Shop for a free pop-up celebration of all things guitar, vocal and other choice instruments. Come on down to the Monica to sample McCabe's students and teachers' wit and wisdom. Hosted by Head of Music School Denny Croy. It began in 1958. Furniture designer Gerald McCabe repaired guitars for his folk-singer wife’s musician friends who had no local music store. Gerald and his friend Ed Kahn decided to open a small music shop on Pico Blvd in Santa Monica. They began repairing instruments, selling folk [...]

FOR SAMA Q&A with directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts and featured subject Dr. Hamza al-Kateab following the 4:30 pm show on Sunday, 7/28. [...]