photo: Margot Gerber

Visit the Aero Theatre

The Max Palevsky Theatre at the Aero in Santa Monica has 427 seats so there are often plenty of tickets at the door. If you arrive one hour before the first show of the evening, you can usually get a ticket the night of the screening. Sometimes we do sell out when we have special guests or a sneak preview, so early arrival or advance tickets are always recommended. Seating is unreserved.


1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

323.466.3456 · Email the Aero

Max Palevsky Theatre at the Aero, 427 seats

Montana Avenue at 14th Street. Expo Line and a bus (the 41 works well) or walk from the 17th Street / SMC Station Metro stop.



North of Montana on 14th Street, the parking is not restricted after 9:00 PM. It is two-hour parking until 9:00 PM. If you park at 7:00 PM, your car can remain parked without limitation until well after the movies end.

There are also meters on Montana Avenue and street parking on other surrounding side streets. The Whole Foods Market across the street has a small paid parking lot behind it, as well.

Always check signs before parking. Some areas of 14th Street are painted for handicap parking only.

Parking restrictions are subject to change at any time without the knowledge of the American Cinematheque.

Take Metro

Metro provides Bus and Rail transportation to the Aero Theatre. For your best route or more info, visit the Metro Trip Planner or call (323) Go Metro or 323.466.3876.


The theatre is ADA accessible.


For ADA compliance, the Aero theatre is equipped with ALS / Hearing Assist headsets for all analog Film / Digital / Live P.A. presentations.  The headsets amplify the volume of the soundtrack and/or live P.A. feed.

For DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages) that are equipped with Audio Descriptive and Closed Captioning tracks, we meet requirements for DCI Compliance with Audio Descriptive Channel and Cup Holder Mounted Closed Captioning Receivers.  For Audio Descriptive Channel, headsets provide a separate track that describes the movie, in addition to the actual soundtrack.  For Closed Captioning, a cup holder-mounted device displays the CC track.  (Audio Descriptive and Closed Captioning are not available for analog Films screenings.)

Audience members can request this equipment (either headsets and/or Closed Captioning devices) at the box office, and the manager on duty will assist them and provide instructions on the equipment's use.