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Film Studio to Open in Santa Monica

A fully integrated 75,000 square foot film-studio is set to open in Santa Monica. Monarch pictures announced yesterday the studio will “develop, produce, acquire, market and distribute motion pictures world wide.”

Currently the studio is in the process of assembling an executive team and is meeting with prospective candidates. The company secured $370 million in revolving credit and hope to acquire an additional $400 million. Monarch plans to name the facility, as well as key executives, in June.

We will begin to aggressively distribute a slate of home grown as well as acquired features immediately, equaling 8 to 10 releases per year,” said Thomas Gray Monarch’s director of public relations.

Big Blue Bus Displays

Student Art

Four big Blue Buses will showcase local students’ poster art as part of a city-sponsored poster contest for Earth Day. The grand prize winning art will be on display on bus exteriors for the next month.

Grand prize winners are Nell Kerndt from Edison Language Academy, Gig Grossman from Roosevelt Elementary, Shayan Chetty from Lincoln Middle School, and Chelsea Palmer from Santa Monica High School. Two runners-up from each of the four age groups will have artwork on the interiors of the same buses. The contest was open to all kindergarten through 12th grade Santa Monica students.

The poster contest is held each year in honor of public transportation and the City’s Sustainable City Plan, which was created to protect the natural well-being of the community. All the student artwork submitted will be on display from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday May 13, at Beach Park #1, located at 2600 Barnard Way.

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