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Royal Theatre

11523 Santa Monica Blvd.  Los Angeles, CA 90025
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The Royal showing off the updated signage installed following the 2012 tripexing. Thanks to Stephen Russo for his 2014 photo, one that appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page.

Phone: 310-478-3836   Website: www.laemmle.com



The theatre in 1938. It's a photo from MGM in the collection of the Los Angeles Public Library.

Opened: March 8, 1924 as the Tivoli Theatre. The location is about five blocks west of the 405.

Architect: Not known

Status: Long operated by Laemmle Theatres, the Royal remains one of the premiere venues for foreign films in Los Angeles. It became a three screen operation after a 4 month remodel in 2012.

Seating: 600 for years. The original count is not known. With the triplexing, the total seat count is down to 300. 



The Tivoli's booth in 1924. Thanks to Cinema Treasures contributor Dallas Movie Theaters for the photo on the site's page about the Royal Theatre.



The Royal was once equipped for 70mm projection. It's now all digital. "Hamlet" got a 70mm run in 1996 and the theatre had sometimes run festivals of 70mm prints such as 2010's "Star Wars" marathon.

In this booth photo from the theatre's single screen days on the site In70mm.com we're looking at a Norelco DP70 35/70mm machine and a Simplex XL. The third machine looks like it might be a 16mm unit. The photo by Johan Wolthuis is on the DP70s in California page. The site, curated by Thomas Hauerslev is a wonderful place to visit for information about 70mm projector history, news of 70mm festivals and more.

The triplexing project: In July 2012, Greg Laemmle announced "imminent" plans to triplex the theatre. The big house (about 175 seats) retains the existing proscenium. The smaller houses include one with less than 50 seats and one with about 100 seats. The Westwood-Century City Patch's Sarah Fay had the story.

A nice story in L.A. Biz by Annlee Ellingson in December 2012 discussed the reopening and the company's strategy to stay competitive in a changing business.



A lobby view that appeared on the Laemmle website c.2010.



A pre-triplexing auditorium photo once on the Laemmle website. 



Although the theatre has been triplexed, the original proscenium remains intact in the forward auditorium. It's a 2013 photo by Stephen Russo that originally appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page.



A proscenium detail by Stephen Russo appearing on the LAHTF Facebook page in 2013. Thanks, Stephen! The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation is actively involved in the study and preservation of the vintage theatres in the Los Angeles area. The group frequently supports events and offers tours of the buildings. www.lahtf.org | LAHTF on Facebook



A look from farther back in the big house. It's a 2016 contribution from Vincent V. on the Yelp page about the Royal.



A 1977 L.A. Times photo by Bill Varie appearing on Calisphere. It's from the UCLA - L.A. Times Photo Collection. Note the lovely metal cladding on the facade, later removed by Laemmle. 



A c.1988 look at the theatre from Bill Gabel's collection appearing on the Cinema Treasures page about the Royal. Thanks, Bill!



The theatre in 2007. Photo: Bill Counter
 


A night view of the Royal. Thanks to Mark Peacock for his 2010 photo. It's from his Vintage Theatres set on Flickr. Also visit the blog: On the Road With Mark Peacock



A 2011 post on the Los Angeles Movie Theater Reviews blog about the "Laemmle Royal Theatre" features this great view of the entrance and spiffed-up marquee. The photo has also been seen on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.



Thanks to Doug Simmons for this 2016 facade photo, added by him as a comment to a post he did on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles about the Laemmle Monica Film Center.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Royal Theatre.

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