The Montalban

The Montalban Our Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán has grown over the past five years. We are offering different films nightly. Classic Comedy & Independent Premieres
Our core values and mission have been centered on rebuilding theatre infrastructure, creating employment opportunities and hosting programming at our iconic theatre The Montalbán is located on Vine Street in the heart of the Hollywood. We have forged some great partnerships with our sponsors and media. We work together to build our incredible community effort with great stage entertainment, premieres and Outdoor Rooftop Movies
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The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre – One of the few remaining mid-sized and fully equipped proscenium theaters in Los Angeles, the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre is known for its excellent sightlines and acoustics. It features orchestra, mezzanine, loge, and balcony seating and hosts screenings, comedy, and musical performances. In its early days, most of the productions had Latino themes and participants. As part of its programming, The Montalbán has partnered with community performing arts groups such as the Harmony Project, the Lula Washington Dance Company, the Tierra Blanca Arts Center, and the Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA). Venue programming today, consistent with Ricardo Montalbán’s convictions, strives to level the playing field not only for Latinos, but for everyone by embracing the community-at-large and attaining excellence. In recent years, a variety of eclectic professional productions have graced the venue’s performance spaces including Selena, Culture Clash’s Zorro in Hell, The Who’s Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Night Without Monty Python (with Eric Idle), an evening with comedian Billy Connolly, John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown, Rooftop Cinema Club screenings, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney starring in Oh, Hello, and Hollywood Chamber Orchestra concerts. Ricardo Montalbán – The epitome of continental elegance, charm, and grace, Emmy Award-winning Ricardo Montalbán was America’s first true Latino movie star, celebrated internationally for his iconic roles such as “Khan” in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan and “Mr. Roarke” in the popular television series Fantasy Island. The son of Spanish immigrants to Mexico, Montalbán first moved to the United States as a teenager. He lived with his older brother in Los Angeles, where he studied English at Fairfax High School. While performing in a Fairfax High theatrical production, he was first discovered by MGM executives. His suave voice will forever be associated with the phrase “Corinthian leather” from his commercials for the Chrysler Cordoba. More recently, he is known as “Grandfather Cortex” in the Spy Kids films. Throughout his career, the handsome actor was frequently typecast as a Latin lover-type and he fought to improve the image of Mexicans in Hollywood. Off-screen, Montalbán was a dedicated family man and pioneering advocate who worked to create better opportunities for Latinos, both in front of and behind the camera. In 1970, he founded Nosotros, an active nonprofit that seeks to strategically change the stereotypical image portrayed by Latino actors. Montalbán believed that working on the live stage was the best preparation for a career in the performing arts and, in 1999, his foundation acquired the prestigious stage theater in Hollywood that now bears his name. Montalbán died in his Los Angeles home in 2009, at age 88. Gilbert Smith, The Montalbán Executive Producer & Foundation Chair – Gilbert Smith is an internationally recognized advertising photographer specializing in high-action automotive and sports industry images. He created dramatic campaigns for American, European, and Japanese auto manufacturers and has won numerous photography and advertising awards. Canon USA included him in their prestigious “Explorers of Light,” a small group of professionals known for pushing the boundaries of digital and printing techniques. He is married to Ricardo Montalbán’s third child, Anita. Montalbán’s appreciation for his son-in-law’s artistic daring, business savvy, community spirit, and professionalism led to a partnership of mutual admiration and friendship. Today, Smith is the guiding force behind The Montalbán with his father-in-law’s blessing. The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre History – The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre was designed by Myron Hunt (Rose Bowl, Cal Tech, Ambassador Hotel) and built in 1926 as the Wilkes Brothers Vine Street Theatre. The gorgeous Beaux Arts building was the first legitimate live Broadway-style theater in Hollywood. By the early 1930s, Howard Hughes purchased and converted the venue into the first fully automated cinema, renaming it The Mirror. In 1935, he sold the building to CBS Radio, which needed a home for its local station KNX and its wildly popular Lux Radio Theatre. It became a playhouse again in the 1950s after CBS sold the theater to Huntington Hartford, heir to the A&P grocery chain. The Huntington Hartford quickly became synonymous with high-profile live productions featuring the biggest and brightest stars of the era, including Cary Grant. In 1964, James Doolittle, who was running the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park, bought the venue and staged smart productions for 20 years with both Hollywood and Broadway stars. UCLA took over in the 1980s until the Ricardo Montalbán Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, bought the building in 1999. Montalbán’s vision was to create a presence in Hollywood that provided inspiration and employment for young Latinos as well as other underrepresented people throughout the community. In recent years, under the direction of Montalbán’s son-in-law Gilbert Smith, nearly $4 million has been invested into theater restoration to help preserve this good old classic that contributes to making Hollywood a very special and incredibly creative place. Millions of people have attended live events at various incarnations of the venue, showcasing luminaries such as Lauren Bacall, Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz, Jack Benny, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, George Burns & Gracie Allen, James Cagney, Joan Crawford, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Cecile B. DeMille, Marlene Dietrich, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Katharine Hepburn, William Holden, Bob Hope, Gene Kelly, Myrna Loy, Robert Mitchum, Zero Mostel, Laurence Olivier, Anthony Perkins, Tyrone Power, Ginger Rogers, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, Gloria Swanson, Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley Temple, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, Dick Van Dyke, John Wayne, Orson Welles, and, of course, Ricardo Montalbán.

The Shining (1980) was released 40 years ago on this date. 👉🏻 themontalban.com
05/23/2020

The Shining (1980) was released 40 years ago on this date.

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We miss you. 👉🏻 themontalban.com #parasite
05/21/2020

We miss you.

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#parasite

Happy Birthday to the wonderful Traci Lords, pictured at our 30th Anniversary screening of Cry-Baby in January! 💋 #rooft...
05/07/2020

Happy Birthday to the wonderful Traci Lords, pictured at our 30th Anniversary screening of Cry-Baby in January! 💋

#rooftopandchill #johnnydepp #johnwaters

An important message from Alaska Thunderf**k regarding the Drag Queen Of The Year pageant. Please contact us at info@the...
05/02/2020

An important message from Alaska Thunderf**k regarding the Drag Queen Of The Year pageant.

Please contact us at [email protected] for any questions or concerns.

Stay safe.

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When asked what it feels like to be the best guitarist alive, Eric Clapton said, "I don't know. Ask #Prince.” 💜👉🏻 themon...
04/21/2020

When asked what it feels like to be the best guitarist alive, Eric Clapton said, "I don't know. Ask #Prince.” 💜

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Happy Birthday, #TimCurry! What’s your favorite role by the icon?
04/19/2020

Happy Birthday, #TimCurry! What’s your favorite role by the icon?

Did you know that Robert Downey Jr and #HeathLedger share a birthday? Tell us your favorite role from each actor! 👇🏻🤩
04/04/2020

Did you know that Robert Downey Jr and #HeathLedger share a birthday? Tell us your favorite role from each actor! 👇🏻🤩

#DorisDay was born on this date in 1922. 💫
04/03/2020

#DorisDay was born on this date in 1922. 💫

Hey all you cool cats and kittens! 🐯👑We wanted to check in to see how everyone is doing and to see what you’re watching ...
03/30/2020

Hey all you cool cats and kittens! 🐯👑

We wanted to check in to see how everyone is doing and to see what you’re watching at home. 👇🏻

#TigerKing #QuarantineAndChill

Does anyone else not know what day it is? 😅 Hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. Your friendly neighborhood theatr...
03/21/2020

Does anyone else not know what day it is? 😅

Hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. Your friendly neighborhood theatre loves you.

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#quentintarantino #coronavirus #socialdistancing #mood

Stay safe out there, friends. We are all in this together. 🧼 And if anyone has any questions about our upcoming programm...
03/15/2020

Stay safe out there, friends. We are all in this together. 🧼

And if anyone has any questions about our upcoming programming that has been postponed or just wants to say hi, our DMs are open.

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#theshining #coronavirus #jacknicholson #socialdistancing

Hello friends,Tonight is our gallery opening for Once Upon A Time In Hollyweird.See Hollywood in a new perspective, fall...
03/07/2020

Hello friends,

Tonight is our gallery opening for Once Upon A Time In Hollyweird.
See Hollywood in a new perspective, fall in love with Tinseltown all over again!

See you tonight and cheers!

Baha L'art Pour L'art
Lionel Garcia

Thank you for joining us at The Montalbán for the 9th Annual LANY mixer.We hope you enjoyed our cinematic cinema in the ...
03/06/2020

Thank you for joining us at The Montalbán for the 9th Annual LANY mixer.
We hope you enjoyed our cinematic cinema in the heart of Hollywood-landia!
Stay safe and until next time, cheers!

Things can’t be bad when you’re watching Wayne’s World on a rooftop in Hollywood. 👉🏻 themontalban.com
03/05/2020

Things can’t be bad when you’re watching Wayne’s World on a rooftop in Hollywood.

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We will, we will rock you, Mercury in retrograde! 👊🏻 Bohemian Rhapsody. April 4th. 8:00 PM. 👊🏻👉🏻 themontalban.com #Fredd...
03/04/2020

We will, we will rock you, Mercury in retrograde! 👊🏻 Bohemian Rhapsody. April 4th. 8:00 PM. 👊🏻

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#FreddieMercury #Queen #BohemianRhapsody #rooftopandchill

On April 3rd, we are throwing it back to 1969 - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Tickets on sale NOW! 🍿#rooftopandchill #B...
03/03/2020

On April 3rd, we are throwing it back to 1969 - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Tickets on sale NOW! 🍿#rooftopandchill

#BradPitt #LeonardoDiCaprio #MargotRobbie #SharonTate #QuentinTarantino

Come together for a spirited evening of Activism, Music & Community!PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: https://secure.actblue.com/do...
03/01/2020

Come together for a spirited evening of Activism, Music & Community!

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/yogagotv

Featuring Spiritual Teacher and Author Marianne Williamson and Bernie's Daughter Heather Titus, Director of Sedona Yoga Festival.

With special guests Seane Corn, Saul David Raye, Jay Ponti and special musical guests Dave Stringer & Sheila Nicholls and others to be named.

WHERE: The Montalban
1615 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90063

WHEN: Monday, March 2
Event at 7:00 pm

ON SALE NOW: Bob The Drag Queen and Monét X Change bring SIBLING RIVALRY to our stage on July 23 @ 8:00 PM! themontalban...
02/28/2020

ON SALE NOW: Bob The Drag Queen and Monét X Change bring SIBLING RIVALRY to our stage on July 23 @ 8:00 PM!

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IMPORTANT REPOST • Marwan Shahin 👁🤎⚡️Today is the last day to see my solo show ‘APEX MIRAGE’, I’ll be doing artist talk/...
02/28/2020

IMPORTANT REPOST •
Marwan Shahin 👁🤎⚡️Today is the last day to see my solo show ‘APEX MIRAGE’, I’ll be doing artist talk/walk through at The Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood from 2PM:6PM 1615 Vine St. Los Angeles come through and say Hi 👋

Only ONE week left to see ‘APEX MIRAGE’ Marwan Shahin’s new solo exhibition at The Montalbán Theatre, the show featuring...
02/25/2020

Only ONE week left to see ‘APEX MIRAGE’ Marwan Shahin’s new solo exhibition at The Montalbán Theatre, the show featuring a brand new body of work like his portrait of #MarilynMonroe challenging racism and segregation.

Location and Hours Below:
Marwan Shahin
Apex Mirage
The Montalbán Theatre
1615 Vine St, Los Angeles CA
February 14-March 1
Monday to Friday 11am-6pm

02/23/2020
Rooftop Movie Promo 2020

#LifeHack: #RooftopAndChill to get fresh air under the stars, cater to your food cravings, watch quality films and let us pour you a drink to forget about Karen at work who keeps breathing down your neck - and the best part is you only have to come to ONE PLACE, The Montalbán! #SelfCare

#FlashbackFriday: Drunk History edition! 🤩
02/21/2020

#FlashbackFriday: Drunk History edition! 🤩

‪Happy Birthday to #BenicioDelToro and #MillieBobbyBrown! Tell us your favorite roles from these two stars! 👇🏻‬
02/19/2020

‪Happy Birthday to #BenicioDelToro and #MillieBobbyBrown! Tell us your favorite roles from these two stars! 👇🏻‬

This just in: Culture Spot LA is a Blaise Serra fan!
02/18/2020
Magician Blaise Serra captivates in latest show at the Montalbán - Culture Spot LA

This just in: Culture Spot LA is a Blaise Serra fan!

It’s always best to arrive at a magic show by setting aside that part of your brain that always wants to figure out “how it’s done” and focus instead on the thrill of being delightfully amazed. After all, magic reminds us of the dazzling wonderment of childhood and can be a pleasant mental v...

Please join us in celebration of Doris Day on what would have been her 98th birthday on Friday, April 3rd! Tickets are o...
02/18/2020

Please join us in celebration of Doris Day on what would have been her 98th birthday on Friday, April 3rd! Tickets are on sale now for DORIS & ME, starring Scott Dreier, at themontalban.com. 🤗

Discover Hollywood Magazine loves movies. Do you? 👉🏻 themontalban.com/valentines
02/14/2020

Discover Hollywood Magazine loves movies. Do you? 👉🏻 themontalban.com/valentines

Happy Valentine’s Day from The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre. 💞 themontalban.com/valentines
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine’s Day from The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre. 💞

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02/14/2020
MontalTALK: Through Blaise Serra’s Eyes

Meet the guy behind the magic and experience life Through A Magician’s Eyes with Blaise Serra this Valentine’s Day weekend! #MontalTALK

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May this photo of Ryan Gosling make your coffee taste like magic, clear your skin, help you get promoted at work and gra...
02/13/2020

May this photo of Ryan Gosling make your coffee taste like magic, clear your skin, help you get promoted at work and grant your wish of someone gifting you tickets to our rooftop screening of The Notebook this Saturday. ✨

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It may not be Wednesday but we’re celebrating #ChristinaRicci’s birthday!
02/13/2020

It may not be Wednesday but we’re celebrating #ChristinaRicci’s birthday!

We are still thinking about how awesome it was hosting People’s Oscar viewing party! 🤩 Did your favorite movies/stars wi...
02/12/2020

We are still thinking about how awesome it was hosting People’s Oscar viewing party! 🤩 Did your favorite movies/stars win on Sunday?

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1615 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA
90028

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Monday 10:00 - 00:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 00:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 00:00
Thursday 10:00 - 00:00
Friday 10:00 - 00:00
Saturday 10:00 - 00:00
Sunday 10:00 - 00:00

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The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre – One of the few remaining mid-sized and fully equipped proscenium theatres in Los Angeles, the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre is known for its excellent sight-lines & acoustics. It features orchestra, mezzanine & balcony seating & hosts screenings, comedy & musical performances, as well as movies on our rooftop! In its early days, most of the productions here had Latino themes & participants. Venue programming today, consistent with Ricardo Montalbán’s convictions, strives to level the playing field not only for Latinos, but for everyone by embracing the community-at-large & attaining excellence. In recent years, a variety of eclectic professional productions have graced the venue’s performance spaces including Selena, Culture Clash’s Zorro in Hell, The Who’s Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Night Without Monty Python (with Eric Idle), an evening with comedian Billy Connolly, John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown, Rooftop Cinema Club screenings, Nick Kroll & John Mulaney starring in Oh, Hello, and Hollywood Chamber Orchestra concerts.

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