Royal Theatre

11523 Santa Monica Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Royal Theatre

The 600-seat Tivoli Theatre first opened in March 1924. From October 1941 until April 1954 it was operated by Fox West Coast Theatres. It was renamed Royal Theatre on March 5, 1968 and was taken over by Laemmle Theatres in 1972. Today it is the flagship of Laemmle Theatres. The Royal Theatre continues to be one of the best art houses in all of Los Angeles, often booking exclusive engagements.

It was closed in summer 2012 for conversion into a triple screen cinema, which reopened on December 16, 2012 with a reduced seating capacity of 287.

Contributed by Cinema Treasures, William Gabel, Ray Martinez

Recent comments (view all 30 comments)

Dublinboyo on June 29, 2010 at 9:42 am

One of the last of the single screen theaters in Los Angeles. Small and intimate – a great place to see a film. They do a lot of special programing. Parking though is a real drag; the meters and public lots charge $1 an hour! Ouch! One of my favourite things over the years was to have a meal at the old Dolores' Resturant up the street and then catch a film at the Royal. Sadly, the Dolores is under new owners and they have ruined the place. Bad service, over priced and, worst of all, no toast with their breakfasts! Unexcusable. Stay away from this place.

dctrig on September 26, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I too used to eat at Dolores in the 80s and 90s. Earlier this year I revisited and had a tasty soy burger. The waitress was pleasant, but it was late evening and it was very quiet. Still a viable after movie option for old times sake.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on June 20, 2012 at 12:38 am

In late July or early August, the Royal will close to be carved up into a three-screen. The marquee will be removed and replaced.

The story ain’t pretty, but this is the sad reality of current exhibition.

At least they plan to keep the screen size of the big auditorium…

Hopefully, they’ll run a few classics on 70 to commemorate the theater’s run.

BRADE48 on August 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Looks like this weekend is the closing weekend. The Laemmle website only has showtimes through Sunday the 5th.

silver on August 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

A @LaemmleTheatres Aug 6th tweet:

The Royal in West LA is closed for renovation. Plan to re-open in December. Info: 1944:

The first link in the tweet is to an article interviewing Greg Laemmle, and a description of the changes:

“A smaller screening room with seating for less than 50, a theater with 50-100 seats, and a larger theater with stadium seating for 175-200 will replace the existing 600-seat single screen-theater.”

And the second link is to a 1944 photo when it was called the Tivoli, with “Bathing Beauty” screening.

richjr37 on December 15, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Reopens Wednesday,December 19th. Tickets available December 16th at the Laemmle website.

sartana on May 1, 2013 at 6:12 am

I was told that the Surround speakers which were removed from the Century Plaza #2(Century City) before it was closed in 2003, may have been installed at the Royal theatre. Can anyone confirm this??

rivest266 on August 5, 2016 at 9:39 pm

December 19th, 2012 grand opening ad as well as the October 26th, 1967 grand opening ad in the photo section.

ridethectrain on September 20, 2020 at 11:04 pm

Please update 287 seats. Seat reduction in 2012 when it was made a triplex and stadium seating

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