1328 Montana Avenue,
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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre (Official)
Architects: P.M. Woolpert
Styles: Streamline Moderne
News About This Theater
- Jan 18, 2015 — "Santa Monica's Aero Theatre regulars believe in the joy of movies" From Santa Monica, CA.
- Jan 6, 2005 — Aero Theatre Reopens Tonight!
Built by the Donald Douglas Company in 1939, the 678-seat Aero Theatre was originally opened January 10, 1940 as a continuous 24-hour movie theatre for aircraft workers who worked in shifts around the clock. It later became a beloved neighborhood theatre and has anchored the now posh Montana Avenue section of Santa Monica.
In 2001, Robert Redford’s ill-fated Sundance Cinemas project was slated to take over the Aero Theatre, but pulled out after the bankruptcy of General Cinemas and its subsequent sale to AMC and it closed in April 2003. The Aero Theatre was the boyhood cinema of the famous actor/director.
In January 2005 with funding from Max Palevsky, the Max Palevsky Aero Theatre was reopened by the American Cinematheque after a $1 million dollar restoration including a new screen, sound and projection equipment, a new concession stand and reduced seating, from 678 to 425-seats. The screen is 44 feet wide and 17 feet high. The American Cinematheque also operates the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Further renovations have been carried out in 2019 and again in 2021. It is equipped to screen 35mm & 70mm films and DCP.
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