Our Theater

STATE OF THE ART VIEWING
EXPERIENCE FOR OUR RESIDENTS

Our Theater

STATE OF THE ART VIEWING
EXPERIENCE FOR OUR RESIDENTS

In 1967, we dedicated the Louis B. Mayer Memorial Theatre, named after the decades-long head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds, and many others were among the attendees. Located in the heart of our campus, the theater serves as a social center for our residents with weekly screenings of first-run films, Q&A sessions with Hollywood luminaries, and many other events. Here generations convene for entertainment created by today’s creative talents.

OUR RENOVATION

In 2017, a major renovation of the theater was completed and unveiled to overwhelming joy on campus as residents can now spend time together and share the big screen experience like never before. The Susan and Gary Martin Screening Room and the Michael V. Lewis Plaza were constructed through donations from longtime Sony Pictures production exec Gary Martin and his wife, Susan, and RealD founder and CEO Michael V. Lewis. Christie Digital Systems, Deluxe Entertainment, Entertainment Partners, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Iron Mountain, National Philanthropic Trust, The Barbra Streisand Foundation, and AMC are all corporate-level sponsors of the Susan and Gary Martin Screening Room.

“Screenings of first-run films are an essential ingredient of the active lives of our campus community and a fantastic space for community events of all kinds.”

– BOB BEITCHER

CEO and President

Screenings of first-run films are an essential ingredient of the active lives of our campus community and a fantastic space for community events of all kinds.”

– BOB BEITCHER

CEO and President

The new improvements for what is now The Louis B. Mayer Memorial Theatre Complex include:

  • Theater seats
  • Carpeting
  • Digital Cinema Projector
  • Dolby Atmos Sound System
  • Lighting
  • Redesigned Stage
  • ADA-compliant Handicap Seating

One vital addition to the theater is a magnetic induction system wired into the floor that allows a movie’s audio to be heard directly through their hearing aids, providing unsurpassed ease and enjoyment for many of our residents. The theater has also served as a vibrant live entertainment space for volunteers and residents over the decades including music performances, comedy revues, and more.

It has served as home base for the annual Instant Film Festival which brings together residents and volunteers for a day of on-the-fly filmmaking, and it is now the permanent home of MPTF Studios’ Creative Chaos, our day-long variety show of live programming held multiple days a week in the theater to keep residents creatively engaged.

SPONSOR A SEAT

Please join our other MPTF supporters and make a difference by sponsoring a resident’s seat with your donation of $2,500. Your support will help keep this unique beloved amenity thriving for our residents. Sponsor a seat >

Theater Reconstruction
A time-lapse look as the exterior transforms.

We Set the Stage
Susan & Gary Martin Screening Room remodel.

Dedication
Watch the John Ford Chapel dedication in 1969.