Tiffany Theater

8534 W. Sunset Boulevard,
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Mister_Comics
Mister_Comics on November 3, 2017 at 12:09 am

The Tiffany Theater sits on the land that was originally featured on the television show 77 Sunset Strip. In real life that property was the home of the Mary Webb Davis modeling agency. In some of the photos in the PHOTO section here you can see the building to the left of the theater that was used as Dino’s Lodge on 77 Sunset Strip. Kookie (Edd Byrnes) parked cars between the two buildings on the TV show.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 6, 2016 at 5:46 am

November 3rd, 1966 grand opening ad in photo section.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 1, 2016 at 3:03 am

Circa 1980 photo added courtesy of the Classic Hollywood/Los Angeles/SFV facebook page.

adsausage
adsausage on March 18, 2015 at 11:49 pm

Also seen in ‘Stardust’ {1974} https://youtu.be/DRUPeGrwUzI?t=59m57s

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on September 19, 2014 at 3:17 am

The Tiffany Theater Sign at Valley Relics Museum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG1EKARrYeY

MJuggler
MJuggler on September 4, 2013 at 7:44 am

So long Tiffany http://youtu.be/w8C84Mtd9Oo

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on September 3, 2013 at 10:59 pm

The Tiffany Theater was demolished on August 30, 2013.

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on August 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Demolition of the Tiffany Theater began on August 8, 2013.

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on March 15, 2010 at 1:35 am

Here is another Facebook page for Tiffany alumni.

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Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on December 28, 2009 at 2:10 am

The Tiffany can be seen in the Mondo documentary “The Forbidden”. On the marquee is “Young Aphrodites” and Bergman’s “Smiles of a Summer Night”. That should place the footage around 1966 or 1967 based on the U.S. release date of the first film.

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on December 28, 2009 at 1:03 am

Here is a Facebook page for Tiffany alumni.

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JAlex
JAlex on May 22, 2009 at 8:03 pm

KenRoe: Many thanks for the updates. I lived in LA 1981-89 and the Vagabond and Gordon were a couple of places I frequented…along with the Tiffany, the Oriental, the Four Star, the Clinton, the Fairfax, the New Beverly, the Pan Pacific. Obviously, I leaned to the inexpensive houses.

JAlex
JAlex on May 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Can’t bring up the Vagabond on the site…hmmm.

Also, what was the Gordon (on LaBrea south of Melrose) renamed?

Scottoro
Scottoro on May 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm

I arrived in Los Angeles in May of 1977 and right away knew it was built for me. The first double bill I saw was Alexander’s Ragtime Band and The Gang’s All Here. Though the theatre was odd — very little rake, a low ceiling, and not a very large screen, it was run by dedicated cinemaphiles and for the next several years, it was one of my favorite hangouts. I miss it to this day.

I recall with great fondness the 3D festivals. I saw Kiss Me Kate whenever it was shown, but saw just about everything else, and most of them were really pretty terrible. The Tiffany boasted that it had a silver screen, and perhaps because the throw from the projector was in a straight line and the screen was small, the 3D was much more effective. They showed the shorts and cartoons, too, everything they could find. They also made it their business to find good posters. There was one 3 sheet of Rita Hayworth’s Down to Earth that was beautiful.

Often, old stars would show up for screenings. I once saw The Harvey Girls with Virginia O'Brien in attendance. She was wearing a rather tired leopard skin coat. After all, it had been a long time since she was at MGM. I felt bad for her since only about thirty people showed up, but she still seemed delighted to be there and gave a little talk beforehand, describing how she was discovered and what it was like shooting the movie.

Another time, I saw Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. One entered the theatre from the side. A dazzling figure in a dazzling red gown caught the corner of my eye. It was the star and former wife of director Russ Meyer, Edy Williams. She was alone and sat directly behind me. She seemed like a good sport, she laughed at her own performance, but then disappared about halfway through when her role
in the film ended.

The sister theatre to the Tiffany was the Vagabond. See my post for that for a few more stories.

cinemabon
cinemabon on April 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Rick and I used to go to the Tiffany all the time. We saw the 3-D festival there with the rare Three Stooges film. We also saw Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney there for the opening of (was it “Words and Music?). We also frequented the Vagabond, the Beverly, the Nu Art, and the Sherman. I met Bette Midler at the Sherman. She came to see "Some like it hot.” One night the cast of “Carrie” (William Katt, Sissy Spacek and others) showed up when we had a double feature for something. That was way too long ago. The Tiffany was the coolest of the revival theaters. Rick was probably their biggest supporter. He used to know everyone there. I probably spent half my income going to movies there between 1976 and 1979. Its one thing to see a film on DVD. Its an entirely different experience to see it projected in the original 35mm print.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 2, 2009 at 4:57 am

I finally found some more information about the Tiffany. Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of November 7, 1966, said that Robert Lippert and Harold Goldman had opened their new Tiffany Theatre on November 2, with an invitational event that included the American premier of the Greek film “Young Aphrodites.” The architect was Jack Edwards. The stated seating capacity was 400.

The November 2 opening was somewhat later than the projected opening of late May, which had been announced in the April 11, 1966, issue of Boxoffice.

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on February 2, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Here is a picture of Gerrit.
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lisasutton
lisasutton on January 20, 2009 at 4:32 am

I found my very first ticket from the first time I went to the Tiffany. It was $2.50. The fun never stops.

meryl
meryl on January 18, 2009 at 10:29 am

Hi Meredith, Michael, Lisa, David, Sean, Brett, George, Paul—
wow— that was fun!

meredithlee
meredithlee on January 16, 2009 at 2:18 am

Hi David, Meryl, Lisa, Sean – It’s Meredith again – Have to admit I haven’t been on this site for awhile, Meryl reminded me to check in.
David, let me know when you open that gallery, I have some snapshots I can probably scan to you, I’ll get your email from Meryl. I really remember your songs, especially a Christmas song you made up that was hysterical although now I don’t remember the words. I also have the Tommy Cooper record LP, him singing show tunes. David, you and Brett shared an apartment, right? I remember the Iggy Pop poster in the living room. I may be out in LA in Feb, I’ll drive by the Tiff and see if it’s still there.

uglyMood
uglyMood on January 11, 2009 at 9:58 am

Good lord. Robert Lippert? I’m a serious B-movie freak, and had no idea that all those years ago we were working at a theater originally owned by the producer of “Rocketship X-M.” Wow. Thanks for that info, Joe.

Sean, good to hear from you. I don’t think I’ll ever forget your Elvira stories as long as I live. Was it you or Michael that invented “Suck up the Drool?” Remember Ben Frank’s across the street from the Tiff and how nasty the food was? It’s referenced in several Tom Waits songs (he must have been hanging out there about the same time we were), and nobody today knows what he’s talking about.

As for the story of Meryl getting tossed out of the last Rocky Horror Picture Show screening because Cooper spotted me with her, I don’t have any real recollection of it, although it sounds vaguely familiar/plausible. Meryl, could you fill me in on it? Due to various chemical experiments I repeatedly performed on myself, my memories of that time are fragmentary. I do remember that he hated me with a passion, though; I suspect it may have had something something to do with the manner in which I resigned.

Hi, Lisa. I just spoke with you on the phone a few hours ago, along with Brett. I’m going to set up a private online gallery shortly for pictures of the whole gang from back in the day. I’ll send out the details when it’s ready. It’s especially important if the Tiff is slated for the wrecking ball. Start scanning, Tiffany veterans!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 7, 2009 at 6:35 am

The April 11, 1966, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that Harold Goldman and Robert Lippert planned to have their new Tiffany Theatre operating by late May of that year. The first movie theater on the Sunset Strip, the new art house had 400 seats, arranged in the continental style. The interior of the theater was designed by Ben Mayer, and the new facade and marquee were designed by Heath & Company. The building itself dates from 1935, and had already undergone extensive alterations in 1955.

meryl
meryl on January 1, 2009 at 10:17 am

Lisa, sure; there are ghosts— but right now they’re all smiling & waving at us!