We are located at 464 Morro Bay Boulevard in beautiful Morro Bay, California, 93442.
All Tickets are $10.00
We accept cash or card
NOTICE: Change of Ownership
Hello Morro Bay! Your beloved Bay Theatre is undergoing a change in ownership, as many of you may have heard. The new owners, The Wilsons, are a family of film lovers and California natives with forty-year ties to the central coast. Morro Bay has always been a beautiful destination for visiting and vacationing, and we are so happy to call it home now!
Mary Lou and the Jannopoulos family have dedicated nearly fifty years of service and hard work to keep this place functioning and beautiful for its loyal patrons, and we are incredibly grateful to be taking over such a well-loved and cared-for local institution.
We will continue to work with the Jannopoulos’ in our best effort to maintain the quality and value of the theater experience exactly as you have enjoyed it here for decades. Hopefully any changes made will only be noticed for the better of your enjoyment and not felt in your wallets!
Thank you for your support and come in and say Hi!
The Bay Theatre has been family owned and operated since 1975. The building was constructed in the early 1940’s as a single screen motion picture theatre. The Jannopoulos family has maintained the historical integrity and charm of the building while pursuing their efforts to maintain and improve the physical and technical aspects of this landmark.
The most recent improvement has been the installation of a state of the art digital projection and sound system. We are proud to be the beneficiaries of Ultra Stereo of San Luis Obispo’s generosity, who donated to us, a digital sound processor and an assisted listening system, which includes not only sound amplification but also, closed captioning and visual narration capabilities.
Our family invites you and your family to enjoy your next night out at the movies, with us, at the Bay Theatre in beautiful downtown Morro Bay, California
We are proud members of Theatre Historical Society of America www. historictheatres.org
- Our box office opens 30 minutes before our earliest showtime of the day, and we close as the credits roll on last show of the day.
- Our snack bar remains open during the show, until the credits roll.
- We do not pre-sale tickets for future dates (exceptions for special events).
- Our doors will close briefly for cleaning in between shows, so that we can get the place sparkling clean and ready for you!
- (Our movies typically run Friday thru Thursday)
HippoSushi, Fresno CA
“This is my favorite theater by a mile. The seats are incredibly comfortable. Though it wasn’t stadium seating, there is no problem seeing the screen. The theater and bathrooms are clean. The popcorn WITH REAL BUTTER is beyond my linguistic capabilities to describe. Even the architecture of the place is fantastic.
I saw Man of Steel there and in spite of hating the movie, I have never enjoyed going to the movies more. It’s hard for me to peel myself away from the beach when I’m near it, but I’m glad I did in this case, and I will be doing the same when I visit Morro Bay in the future.”
Debra T. Pismo Beach CA
This was an amazing experience from the moment I walked through the doors. The owner even greeted us at the ticket booth! Beautiful Theatre. The Ambience was so Elegant…The staff was delightful…The seats even have Tempur-pedicure cushioning! And so immaculate too! By far The Best Theatre in SLO CO. I would know…Born and raised here 55 yrs. And Real Butter and the Popcorn too!!!
Bill N., Los Osos CA
My family and I started enjoying this theatre when seats were just 99 cents. This is just the best 1 screen ‘old school’ movie house anywhere. The seats are comfy, the lobby, bathrooms and theater are always clean and the employees are great. This is just a very cool place to watch a movie. Thanks to all who makes it so enjoyable!
Nathan D., San Luis Obispo, CA
Great little local theater. The staff are always friendly and smiling. The $8 ticket price is so cheap these days, even if it’s a release that is a week or two old. The portions of the food are good and reasonably priced. We go here whenever they are playing a film we are interested in because it’s rarely crowded and it’s inexpensive. Great location in Morro bay to walk to a nice dinner afterwards.
Stephanie S., San Diego, CA
Wow! I love this theater! I just moved here from San Diego, and my father flew in from Seattle to help me move to Morro Bay. We decided to go see ‘A wrinkle in time’ as a father- daughter treat after the stress of moving, and I was very impressed with his theater. Very comfy slightly reclining seats, very comfy dark blue velour Upholstery, and a very classy and attractive theater! And the sound and picture were great as well. I am so delighted to find a cool, quality, affordable, old school theater in my new town. I will definitely be back!
Holly C. Simi Valley, CA
This was such a fun experience to go here while on vacation. We come to Morro Bay a lot, and have always seen the theater. Avengers Infinity War came out this weekend, and where anywhere else tickets have been sold out for weeks, we walked up 10 minutes before showtime to a theater with a ton of seats left. Prices are awesome (8 bucks can’t buy you a movie in most big theaters anymore), concession prices awesome, and the theater seats were so comfy! Plus it was just a gorgeous old building to be in. We’re happy we came!
Joshua B. Morro Bay, CA
Love the home town feel of my local theatre. Good sound very friendly people and cool old style wooden beam ceilings. Major openings they even printed what I like to call “collector tickets”. Rogue One opening night only had about 1/2 theatre full so we all got to stretch out and enjoy even more. I love the atmosphere and vibe of an old school theatre.
Bernadette M. Paso Robles, CA
I hadn’t been to this theater in 25 years and was skeptical, but it’s awesome! Recently remodeled with comfortable chairs, new screen/projector, and new sound system. It’s clean and reasonably priced. Half off Tuesdays for only $5. I will definitely be back.
Martin T. South Lake Tahoe, CA
Of course I never went to this theater when I lived in the town. I’d drive past and look at the currently playing movie make a mental note and subsequently forget. Completely modern, clean and very easy parking made for a pleasant experience. The snack bar is limited to popcorn and candy, sodas and a coffee/tea selection. Then I thought did I really even want the Icee or an angus beef frank or tired nacho chips and yellow sauce
The company with me and a large popcorn were certainly enough. The picture and sound were just right and neither overpowered the story we were watching.
“the movies” are Defiantly better in an intimate environment and Id recommend this theatre as a great place for a cozy evening.
Andrew S. San Jose, CA
This is a great small-town theater that has kept up with the times. Comfortable seats with cup-holders, a great sound system, non-gouging prices for tickets and treats, and a friendly staff. I’d go here
Jim C. Morro Bay, CA
The Bay Theatre has become my favorite theatre of all time. Even nudges out my previous favorite – The Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara. Great screen, great sound , comfortable seats.
Back at it…Ford v Ferrari – looking forward to another great movie experience.
Jordan Q. Murrieta, CA
I saw Star Wars here yesterday for the matinee. The theater is so cute and small. The tickets were cheap. The popcorn was buttery and delicious. The seats were extremely comfortable.
Bryan D. Morro Bay CA
The movie was awful, but the atmosphere was phenomenal
The theater staff welcomed us with cheer and a natural ease. This quaint, one-theater cinema was lovely. Clean and attentive to safety protocols, the Bay Theater provided an enjoyment not had for over a year.
Will definitely return.
Matthias C. Morro Bay CA
Super fan of this old school comfy theater. My wife and I have been enjoying this place since 1998!!!
Joy F. Morro Bay CA
Just a beautiful facility. Good old fashion concessions at great prices. I love going to the movies here.
Great little theater, always friendly staff, and the place is clean and inviting. They play first run movies on their one screen twice daily, except Monday. A new movie every week and only $10 and even better only $5 on Tuesday.