Saturday, December 28, 2013


It's been 20 years since AMC Montebello 10 opened it's doors and it's getting a makeover. In recent years area residents would travel out of town to see movies in newer theatres that offered stadium seating, but the past few months locals are starting to trickle back to AMC Montebello as word gets out about the recent renovations. 

The renovations start at the Box Office. Tickets are now purchased inside the theatre doors. If the line gets too long and you are tech savvy, there are two touch screen ticket kiosks located outside the theatre.

New concession area.
Self serve beverage bar complete with touch screen soda fountains that offer over 100 soda options and three flavors of Icee.

Updated corridors with electronic screens that announce the movie and showtime.
Hands down the best part about the renovation are the electric reclining seats. I estimate that each recliner takes up the space of at least 4 of the old seats. The seats recline nearly flat and the leg rest gets completely horizontal. The aisles for each row are so spacious that when the seats are fully reclined there is ample space to walk across the row. Each recliner operates independently, but is part of a pair of seats; the center armrest of each pair can be raised for more room. The only drawback to the seats that I can see is during an emergency the seats do not automatically retract; pushing the button is the only way to get the seat back to starting position.

The bathrooms also received a makeover, and feature Dyson hand dryers.

The theatre is still undergoing renovations; if you want to sit in an updated theatre ask at the Box Office if your movie is in a remodeled theatre. AMC Montebello 10 ticket prices vary, but generally the prices are $6.50 for 2D movies that start before Noon. $9.25-$11 adult / $8.25 child for 2D movies after Noon. Additional cost applies for 3D movies and special screenings. A special thanks to Alex, the manager at AMC Montebello, for sharing information about the renovations and donating the tickets for the giveaway. 


Thanks to AMC Montebello, one lucky reader can experience the renovations first hand! I have a family 5 pack of tickets to giveaway!

Click here to enter here for a chance to win a family 5-pack of AMC Montebello movie tickets!

Congratulations to lucky winner, Susan Martinez, of Montebello! Enjoy your movie Susan!

Giveaway rules: Deadline to enter is Sunday, 12/29/13 at Noon. The winning entry will be chosen by a random number generator and the winner will be contacted via email. Tickets will be delivered via the United States Postal Service. Please ensure mailing addresses are entered properly in the giveaway/survey form; is not responsible for misdirected mail. Winner must reside in Los Angeles County. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. One entry per person please.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Food & Toy Distribution: Montebello, 12/21

There was some great discussion on MontebelloMom's facebook page about this organization's Thanksgiving distribution. One reader said, "I have been to HOC events many times. The lines get overwhelming. And it is first come first served basis. Last year we got there early and we're still far in the line. They prepare for alot of people. I wouldn't show up at 10. They are also providing a lunch. If your readers have little ones I say bring them (or have someone bring them as the line starts moving) they have given diapers, clothes, and toys at this event too. Children must be present."

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Celebration: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 12/24

Free holiday show featuring entertainment from the wide range of cultures in Los Angeles County.

Holiday Celebration
Tuesday, December 24
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Avenue, Downtown L.A.

The Los Angeles County Art Commission website says, "You may come and go throughout the performance, reservations & tickets are not necessary, first come, first served. The theatre fills up, arrive early. Taking photos with your phone & tweeting during the show are allowed."

Click here for more information.


Las Posadas: Miraculous Medal Church, Saturday, 12/21

Las Posadas Celebration
Saturday, December 21

The procession will begin at the corner of Via Corona and Garfield Avenue in Montebello at the southern section of Ashiya Park. If possible dress your children as angels or shepards. The procession will conclude 3/4 mile north at Watterson Hall at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church. Santa will visit and give gifts to the children. There will be pinatas, games, bread, chocolate, and songs and praises to the Lord. Everyone is Welcome!

Las Posadas Celebration: Olvera Street, 12/16-12/24

Las Posadas Celebration
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
Monday, 12/16 - Tuesday, 12/24
5:30 Entertainment, 6:30 Pinata, 7:30 Procession

The Olvera Street Merchants Association Facebook page reads, "Come join us for a candle-lit procession with Christmas carols, as we re-enact the journey of Mary & Joseph to Bethlehem. Fun for the whole family with a children's piƱata, champurrado, & sweet bread for all! All are welcome to this free event."


Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Boutique: ATC, Sunday, 12/15

Please stop by Sunday, 12/15, and support Montebello's newest high school!
Thanks to Facebook Friend Gerada J. for sharing this event!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tree Lighting Ceremony: Montebello City Hall, 12/11

Montebello Tree Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday, December 11
Montebello City Hall

The tree lighting will take place prior to the city council meeting.
Children from the Montebello Playschool program will sing.

If anyone has any further information about this event, please share the details!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Heavenly Choice Open Huse: Montebello, Thursday, 12/12

30th Anniversary: Holiday Open House

Thursday, December 12
Heavenly Choice
534 N. Montebello Blvd, Montebello
Heavenly Choice is saying "Thank You" to great customers for 30 years of friendship!
Celebrate the Sprit of Christmas at a Heavenly Choice Open House! Happy Hour with drinks, buffet, and sweet surprises. Make-up demonstrations start at 11am. Bow making class. Balloon twisting & candy table for kids. Hourly drawings for surprise gift bags and five winners will receive a make-up style over! Complimentary gift wrap with every purchase.
For more information and to RSVP please call  323-728-2728.

Holiday Toy Giveaway: Boys & Girls Club, Boyle Heights, Saturday, 12/14

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Parade: Downey, Sunday, 12/8

Downey Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 8
The 0.8 mile parade begins at Downey & Lexington avenues, travels south to 3rd Street, and concludes at Civic Center. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Toy Drive & Pancake Breakfast: Montebello Fire Department, 12/7

Montebello Fire Department Toy Drive
Saturday, December 7
Montebello Fire Station
600 N. Montebello Blvd
Bring in a new unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more and receive a free pancake breakfast as a thank you!

Family Holiday Movie Night: Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, 12/20


Goodyear Blimp Open House, Toys for Tots: Gardena, 12/14-12/15

Get a look at the Goodyear Blimp up close at it's hangar in Carson!
Goodyear Airship Operations
Open House & Toys for Tots Collection
19200 S. Main Street, Gardena, CA
Saturday, 12/14 - Sunday, 12/15
11am - 7pm

I took the family to this event last year. There is a parking lot at the field. They allow drive up donations, but we parked and got out of the car to make the donation. Our kids gave the toys to the Marines and visited with Santa. Santa gave the kids blimp erasers and tattoos. We asked for a tour and one of the blimp's pilots walked us over to the blimp for an up close look, pictures, and Q&A time. It was thrilling to be so close to something that we normally only see from afar. We visited at dusk and it was very cold and windy, make sure you bundle up! Visit before sundown for the best photos. You can also enter a raffle for a chance to win a flight on the Goodyear Blimp!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Family Christmas Movies on TV: 2013

December is the month for family movies! The following is a schedule that was handed out at Disneyland! The fun starts on 11/20! Set the DVR, get the popcorn, and let the movie night begin!

I found a great blog, "It's a Wonderful Movie," that has a complete list of all Christmas and New Year themed movies for 2013 that will be airing on all network and cable channels. There are well over 50 movies listed on Christmas Day alone! To see the full schedule of holiday movies, click here.

Snow in Montebello: Montebello City Park, Saturday, 12/14

Winter Day Camp: Montebello, Fremont Elementary