Music in the Movies Series Launched at the Golden State Theatre

Attention Music Lovers! Come out and meet up at the movies! The Golden State Theatre has recently launched a new "Music in the Movies Series" which will feature outstanding documentaries about legendary musicians. Enjoy viewing the film at the theatre with its outstanding sound system, giant screen and its beautiful spacious ambiance. Beverages and snacks will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $19 each but also consider buying a subscription series for all 3 films with an 18% discount which will make the perfect holiday or birthday gift, too. Host your own Music in the Movies parties and invite all of your friends and family to this great film series!



WHAT:  Music in the Movies Series – 3 Films

#1: Horns from the Heart - The Paul Butterfield Story

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 8:00 PM

"Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story" is a feature-length documentary about the life and career of legendary blues musician Paul Butterfield. A white, teen-age harmonica player from Chicago's south side, Paul learned from the original black masters performing nightly in his own back yard. Through his music and words, along with first-hand accounts of his family, his band mates and those closest to him, "Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story" tells the complex story of a man many call the greatest harmonica player of all time. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. Paul Butterfield is one of a handful of musicians inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Blues Halls of Fame, alongside other legendary artists including B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Billie Holiday and Eric Clapton.

Paul Butterfield was the only artist to perform at The Newport Folk Festival in 1965, The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and the Woodstock Festival in 1969, Paul would continue to break new ground in the blues and through his music and words, along with first-hand accounts of his family, his band mates and those closest to him, Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story tells the complex story of a man many call the greatest blues harmonica player of all time.

 #2 Jimi Hendrix – Electric Church - Saturday, March 9th – 8:00 pm

Rock legend Jimi Hendrix captivated the world with his unique, highly stylized, jaw-dropping approach to blues guitar. In the new documentary Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church his performance before the largest U.S. audience of his career is chronicled. The setting was the massive Atlanta Pop Music Festival which the Jimi Hendrix Experience headlined in July 1970. The film includes never-before-seen concert footage of the icon in action, multiple standout performances and recently unearthed footage shot by Steve Rash (The Buddy Holly Story) that all detail the historic night and the efforts of promoter Alex Cooley to create the definitive music festival with Jimi Hendrix as its centerpiece. Directed by John McDermott, Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church showcases breathtaking, 16mm color footage of Hendrix in his prime, a mere 10 weeks before his untimely death.

The film features such contemporaries as Paul McCartney and Steve Winwood, who stood in awe of his incredible musical prowess. Others seen in the film include Jimi Hendrix Experience bandmates Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell plus Rich Robinson, Kirk Hammett, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. Prior to the screening, Janie Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix's sister and CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, will address the audience. A panel discussion hosted by veteran music publicist Bob Merlis will follow the screening featuring director John McDermott, filmmaker Steve Rash (who shot the performance footage at the Atlanta Pop Festival), and engineer Eddie Kramer, who worked with Jimi Hendrix from the beginning and co-produced/mixed the soundtrack album.

#3 Stop Making Sense- The Story of the Talking Heads – Saturday, April 20th – 8:00 pm

STOP MAKING SENSE is director Jonathan Demme's remarkable concert film that captures the enormous energy and joyous highs of the Talking Heads live performance. Band members David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison are joined by Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steve Scales, Lynn Mabry and Edna Holt in this groundbreaking concert film that's packed with the Talking Heads most memorable songs. Shot over three concert performances in LA in December 1983, Demme's creative genius and the band's explosive energy is what makes this film an exhilarating and exciting event. Wall-to-wall music, beautiful cinematography and the legendary "Big Suit" make this "one of the greatest rock movies ever made" (Rolling Stone).

WHERE: Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado, Downtown Monterey. (831) 649-1070.


TICKETS: Buy individual general admission (GA) tickets (tickets are $19 each). Buy a subscription series of 3 films for $48 with an 18% discount. Tickets are available now at, or by calling 831-649-1070 or on the day of the show.  

NEW! Friends of the Golden State Theatre - Annual Early Bird Access

Become a Friend of the Golden State Theatre and enhance your theatre-going experience! There is a $100 annual fee for Early Access to purchase 4 tickets per show to events promoted by the Golden State Theatre in the calendar year of 2019.  The program includes Six (6) drink tickets redeemable at our concessions.  This opportunity is for Friends who support the theatre to have Early Access to purchase tickets pre-sale using an emailed password for early access to shows that are promoted by the Golden State Theatre.  Must purchase online through our website: Terms and Conditions:  Early Access is defined as 2-3 days before the public on sale date for Golden State Theatre promoted shows only.  3rd party promoted shows are not included.  The access will be through our website with a special password emailed to the patron email within 3 days of the on-sale date for the performances.  No in person or phone call orders allowed.  Golden State Theatre is not responsible for lost passwords, issues with access to website, or issues related to the ability to purchase tickets presale.  If patron distributes link and password to any non-participant in the program then the Golden State Theatre reserves the right to cancel the subscription and all monies paid are non-refundable.

About the Golden State Theatre


In 1926, a 15,000 square-foot Moorish castle rose on Alvarado Street, to the amazement of locals and visitors alike. A new cinema and live performance venue to rival those in California's largest cities, the Golden State Theatre, which was built by the Reid Brothers, was the definition of an opulent movie palace. After decades of deterioration, it was faithfully restored to its former glory, featuring an Old-World grand lobby and mezzanine, one thousand plush velvet seats, state-of-the-art sound, and the indefinable magic of a truly historic setting.  Dana Carvey, B.B. King, Dave Mason, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Yes, Patti Smith, Bob Weir and The Smothers Brothers — these are just some of the names that have graced the stage, contributing to the Theatre's new legacy since its renovation and exciting revival. The community is invited to attend a world-class concert or film festival at the Golden State Theatre, or host their own special event here, and become part of its new chapter of history.


The Golden State Theatre is operated by husband and wife entrepreneurs, Eric and Lori Lochtefeld, along with a team of industry professionals from across the country. Winners of the 2017 Small Business of the Year in San Mateo County, they are also Managers of the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, also built by the Reid Brothers in 1929, where they hold nearly 200 events per year. Through their work with the Fox Theatre and the community, they have helped to revitalize downtown Redwood City. For more information, go to or call (831) 649-1070.

The Golden State Theatre is located at 417 Alvarado Street in Downtown Monterey and has many more outstanding events coming up include Roseanne Cash (January 30), Selfieville (February 2 – 24), Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story (February 9), Jimi Hendrix- Electric Church (March 9), Stephen Curtis Chapman (April 5), Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox (April 12), Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense (April 20), Keb Mo (May 11) and more to be announced!

To arrange any interviews, please call Wendy Brickman at (831) 594-1500 or email For more information and to be added to their newsletter list, go to