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What to do in Morro Bay: The Bay Theatre

Updated on December 22, 2016

Ticket Pricing and Show Times

All tickets are only $8

The Bay Theatre accepts MasterCard, Visa, AMEX and Discover

Showtimes are twice daily

  • 4:30 pm
  • 7:00 pm

Matinee on Sunday at 1:30

The Bay Theatre in Morro Bay

If your looking for things to do in Morro Bay, make sure to visit The Bay Theatre. This is one of those must places to visit in Morro Bay. It's in downtown Morro Bay and is located at 464 Morro Bay Blvd in Morro Bay, CA. It is a single screen theatre and has been a part of the Morro Bay community since the 40's.

For those who are on vacation here in the Central Coast, after a day of sightseeing or spending the afternoon on a tour at Hearst Castle, this is a great way to relax. After walking and shopping the Embarcadero or exploring downtown, visiting for an event like the Morro Bay Car Show or if you hiked through Montana de Oro, take a load off your feet and take in a night at a traditional movie house that is reminiscent of days and times long gone by.

The Bay Theatre is a charming, fun place to see a movie and for locals of SLO County worth driving to.

The Bay Theatre in Morro Bay is family owned and from the moment you walk in, you will see a family who loves what they do, cares about their theatre and the people who are occupying their seats.

Ticket prices are almost too cheep! If you're from an area like Los Angeles or San Franciso, you should see a movie here to say you only paid 8 bucks for a ticket in 2014 and it didn't involve a Delorean and a Flex Capacitor because the only way to get into a movie for 8 bucks in Los Angeles is with a time machine.

And the economic value of the theatre doesn't stop there. You won't get killed at the concession stand either. What I pay to see a movie here with my wife and get a little treat is about 25 dollars. I've paid 18.50 for one ticket in Los Angeles, never mind the concession stand.

However, the "cheep" stops there. This theatre is always clean. No sticky floors or the smell of stale popcorn. Bathrooms are small but work perfectly and always stocked. The people behind the counter are friendly and you do feel right at home. You know you're welcome and you know they love being there.

Going to the movies should always be about the experience and the love of the theatre. Going here is an experience every local and tourist alike should have. And not just once.

The Lobby


A Brief History of the Bay Theatre

The Bay Theatre in Morro Bay has been owned by the same family starting 1975. The building was constructed in the late 1930s or early 1940s.

Research online finds a man reminiscing about December 7, 1941 in Morro Bay. The Neon sign was a big deal back then and the only thing that could lure you away was a tent show or traveling circus. He also talks about playing Keno between features at the theatre.

It has always been a single screen motion picture theatre with multiple owners. The Jannopoulos family is the current owners. Not only have they maintained the historical integrity of the theatre but they have also created a charming and comfortable place to go see a movie.

The technology currently in this landmark is fully up to date with a state of the art digital projection and sound system donated by Ultra Stereo of San Luis Obispo. There has been $175,000 worth of upgrades, including replacing the carpets, redecorating the lobby, expanding the bathrooms and the conversion to digital projection.

There is nothing is more enjoyable than a night at the movies in this beautiful a single screen theatre.

Where is The Bay Theatre in Morro Bay

A markerThe Bay Theatre -
464 Morro Bay Boulevard, Morro Bay, CA 93442, USA
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      Yoleen Lucas 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      I've driven through Morro Bay several times, on my way to and from San Luis Obispo. It never occurred to me to stop there. Now I wish I had!

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      David R Bradley 2 years ago from The Active Side of Infinity

      @Say Yes - It's a lovely town - next time you're in the area pop in - you'll love it!

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