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Tiffany Theatre

8534 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Opened: November 2, 1966 by producer/exhibitor Robert Lippert and veteran exhibitor Harold Goldman. The Tiffany was marketed as a class venue for foreign films and other specialized product. The building, dating from 1935, had earlier been offices for a modeling school and other tenants. Scott Santoro notes that before the conversion the theatre space had been a photography studio.

Thanks to Gary Fimbres for this photo of the line down the block for a midnight show of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." It's from the collection of Garrett Gafford. Gary posted the photo on the page for the non-public Facebook group Mid Century Modern Los Angeles.

Architect: Jack Edwards

Seating: 400 when it was a single house.

An article from Boxoffice magazine about the new theatre. Thanks to Lisa Kurtz Sutton for posting it on the Facebook page Mid Century Modern Los Angeles.

It's unknown how long Lippert operated the theatre. Beginning in 1968, the theatre had a few live show bookings including a run by the group The Committee. By mid-1971 it was running double features on a 49 cent grindhouse policy. The Tiffany closed in 1972 and stayed dark for five years.

Under the management of Tommy Cooper there was a gala reopening in 1977 with several Sherlock Holmes film and then a 3-D run of "Kiss Me Kate" with stars of the film putting in an appearance. Cooper also was running the Vagabond Theatre on Wilshire at the time and he inagurated a similar revival policy at the Tiffany.  The Vagabond is now a legit venue called the Hayworth. Thanks to Scott Santoro for finding this L.A. Times article.

An ad for the "Kiss Me Kate" engagement. Again thanks to Scott Santoro for the research. This was the first of many 3-D films presented at the theatre.  Cooper ran the theatre until 1983.

The theatre was remodeled to turn it into two 99 seat legit houses with a reopening in 1985.

The Tiffany in the Movies: 

The Tiffany can be seen in the mondo-style documentary "The Forbidden" (1967) On the marquee in one shot is "Young Aphrodites," the theatre's initial booking. Reports are that another shot shows the theatre running Bergman’s "Smiles of a Summer Night."

The Tiffany appears in "Point Blank" (MGM, 1967) when Lee Marvin goes looking for the ex-wife and the buddy who betrayed him. Keenan Wynn at the car is waiting for him -- he seems to be after the same guys in the "organization." See the Theatres In Movies post for two more views from the film.

The Tiffany also gets a shot in "The Hard Road" (Four Star Excelsior, 1970). There's also an appearance in "Stardust" (Optimum Releasing, 1974).

Status: It closed in 2004 and was demolished in 2013. The building had been sitting vacant for years awaiting redevelopment plans. LAist had an August 2013 story about saving the theatre's sign that also included a nice history of the venue.

A look west on Sunset Blvd. toward the Tiffany. Thanks to Alison Martino for the photo from her collection. It was once a post on the Facebook page of the non-public group Mid Century Modern Los Angeles.

Dino's Lodge and a bit of the Tiffany. Thanks to Bill Gabel for the photo on the Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page. 

A 1978 photo of the theatre. Scott Santoro had it as a post on the Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page.  The photo also appears with the August 2013 LAist story about the building's then-impending demolition.

Scott comments: "I remember taking that photo. I lived in an apartment building that is now the Mondrian. At the time it was called Park Sunset Plaza and wasn't even air conditioned, but it had great views. It was quite run down. Don Marshall, most famous for Land of the Giants, lived there for a while. After being upbraided by one of the managers, a very plump woman who usually wore a peignoir (!), for not paying his rent, he said to me in the elevator 'What am I doing living in this dump?' But I used to go to the Tiffany all the time. I think I saw almost every 3D movie made in the 1950s. They had a silver screen and since it wasn't very big, the image was very sharp and the 3D was very effective."

A 1980 view looking down on the Tiffany taken by Lisa Kurtz Sutton that appeared as a post on the Facebook page for the non-public group Mid Century Modern Los Angeles.

Thanks to Scott Santoro for this c.1981 view across toward the rear of the Tiffany. He took it from his apartment at Park Sunset Plaza (now The Mondrian). It was a post on the Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page.

A 2009 photo from Ken McIntyre on Photobucket

A 2011 Google Maps view. 

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Tiffany. There's a Rocky Horror at the Tiffany Facebook group. And for more about "Rocky Horror" at the Tiffany see the pages curated by Troy Martin.

Wikipedia has an article on the Tiffany that lists 3-D engagements and post-1985 live shows at the theatre. There's also an article on exhibitor Robert L. Lippert.

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