Royal Theatre

11523 Santa Monica Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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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.

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??

richjr37 on December 15, 2012 at 6:16 pm

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

kencmcintyre on April 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Here is a December 1973 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on July 18, 2009 at 3:53 pm

The theater was called Tivoli Plaza in this October 1966 item from the Northwest Arkansas Times:

On Nov. 4, the Mary Pickford-Douglas Fairbanks version of the Shakespeare comedy “Taming of the Shrew” will be seen at the Tivoli Plaza Theater in West Los Angeles.

kencmcintyre on January 21, 2009 at 7:05 pm

On a cheerier note, I saw the French film “My New Partner” at the Royal in 1985. Unfortunately I haven’t been back since, so I can’t comment on the current condition of the theater and amenities.

kencmcintyre on January 21, 2009 at 7:03 pm

This is part of an article in the LA Times on 4/6/80:

LOS ANGELES-A 27-year-old Los Angeles man was charged with felony drunk driving, four hours after he plowed his car backwards into a Friday night theater crowd, injuring 16 people.

Police say Bradley Jacobs got into an argument with an attendant at a gas station across the street from the Royal Theater, 11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, shortly before 10 p.m. Friday. Witnesses told police that the attendant refused to sell gasoline to Jacobs because he thought Jacobs was drunk.

Jacobs then reportedly accelerated his car backward and then broadside into a line of about 100 people waiting to see the film “Clair de Femme”. Eight ambulances and nine fire companies were called to the scene.

narin on November 27, 2008 at 12:45 am

In addition to the 70 mm series linked by Jonesy above, we also have a series starting Dec. 12th featuring 7 foreign films, one from each decade of the 70 year history of Laemmle Theatres.

Box office proceeds from this series will be donated to the Los Angeles Conservancy (who have done fabulous work in preserving a number of classic theatres) as well as the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.
It looks to be a fun December at Laemmle’s Royal, what with the foreign film series running from Dec. 12th – 18th and the 70 mm series running from Dec. 19th – 23rd.

unihikid on February 8, 2008 at 6:30 pm

well the royale is a art house,and its competetion is the near by nuart(except on sat nights when the nuart plays rocky horor),so im sure bussiness is as far as the development of the area,dont forget to take into accout that uni hi was build in that area in 1923.hope this helps you.

markinthedark on August 21, 2007 at 10:06 am

I wonder how the nearby “Landmark 12” opening recently has affected the Royal’s business…

GaryParks on August 13, 2007 at 11:50 pm

Indeed the Tivoli and Royal photos are of the same theatre. In 1977, there was still metal grillework above the marquee concealing the original facade. The facade, with its Corinthian pilasters, is now exposed, and has been for a number of years now. It looks exactly like what is shown in the photo at the top of this page, though the Royal marquee shown in the 1977 view is still there.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 13, 2007 at 10:03 pm

UCLA has changed the URLs of the photos in the Times collection,and no longer displays the very large versions they once did. The remaining version of the 1977 photo cited in ken mc’s post of May 18 is now available here.

KJB2012 on July 22, 2007 at 10:44 am

This theatre, the Tivoli opened on March 8th, 1924. It was a very big deal. The owners took out full page adverts in the Santa Monica Evening Outlook. The photo is certainly that of the Tivoli. But the marguee is not the original.

kencmcintyre on May 18, 2007 at 12:29 pm

Here is a 1977 photo from the UCLA collection:

William on June 30, 2006 at 6:26 am

Laemmle has their Home office on the second floor.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 7, 2006 at 7:07 pm

Are we certain that the photograph accompanying this listing is of the Santa Monica Boulevard Tivoli? I’m just trying to recall when that area was first developed. The building pictured is in a style characteristic of the late teens-early twenties, and I’m wondering if maybe it isn’t a picture of the -other- Tivoli Theatre, built in 1921, located on Central Avenue and later known as the Bill Robinson theatre. My memory of the Royal is terribly vague, but in the back of my mind I picture it having been in a one-story building, and its neighborhood having been of more recent vintage.

buddieslounge on October 13, 2005 at 12:03 pm

I’ve been unimpressed with the presentation at the Royal of late. Not only the sloppy projection has become an issue, the broken seats and a family of crickets, who chirp during the film is a major turn off.

William on September 7, 2005 at 2:40 pm

The current seat capacity is 600 seats.