Tiffany Theater

8534 W. Sunset Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90069

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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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Exterior sign preserved: Laist

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

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Described in this 1966 trade article: Boxoffice

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!

lisasutton
lisasutton on December 29, 2008 at 9:25 am

Many years ago, Sean, you told me to let you know if anything cataclysmic happened in my life. I think finding this site might be that moment. I just spoke to “Little Lisa” for the first time in 28 years yesterday. Lisa and I stole the J-A-N-E-T from the letter room at the final show of RHPS. I kept the N— I left t eh T on Meryl’s doorstep at 3am after the show- if I remember correctly, she came dressed as a Transylvanian and snuck in, but got thrown out by Tommy Cooper when she was spotted with David Bryant. This was the last time I saw anyone from that old group.

Many years later, I had the privilege of working with Richard O'Brien. To make matters entirely surreal, I met him for the first time Tiffany Theater, where we attended a revival of the Rocky Horror Show. the lobby smelled the same, I saw a lot of ghosts that night. — Lisa (please! Never call me BIG Lisa!)

stardial
stardial on July 31, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Too many memories to put down, so I’ll aim for the cherce ones… I was a projectionist at the Tiffany (and Vagabond) during the Golden Age (late 70s) when the beautiful Meryl Senatt was at the helm. She held us all together when Elvira Gulch blew in like some drunk Tasmanian Devil to wreak havoc on all of us. I was mercifully distanced from much of that by being in the projectionist booth, and when we all went out to Penny’s at 4am after the RHPS screenings, we’d share backrubs, and omelettes, and watch the sun come up. And for awhile, there would be readings of the latest adventures of Elvira Gulch penned by me in the booth, which would have us in stitches.

One nice thing I’ll say about TC was that he truly appreciated the experience of classic films and sought not just to show them, but to “present” them as an event. He took pleasure in giving films context, inviting film musical legends like Hermes Pan or Kathryn Grayson to the theatre for a screening of their movies. I was lucky to be a projectionist right at the end of an era, and over the years I met older professional projectionists who learned their craft from their dads. They had the knowledge and care for preservation, as well as the sensibility for the art of presentation that doesn’t exist now in the era of multiplexes and automated screenings. There’s nobody in the booth now, and if there is, they don’t give a rat’s ass about presentation. Oh well, there’s Disney doing it’s dog and pony show at the El Capitan, and while that evokes a time when movies were an event, it’s a museum piece.

Let me tell you what I’m talking about with presentation. At the Tiffany, I’m showing “Dr. Zhivago”. The film comes with an intermission, and at the beginning of part two, there’s a musical interlude before the visuals start. I discovered after one screening that I had the opportunity to do the following: after the music concludes, there is darkness and a quiet except for a faint rumble. I lowered the house lights and timed the opening of the curtains to reveal a small white dot on the center of the screen that got bigger and bigger, with the curtains just ahead of it. The sound of the rumble got louder, and the white space was getting larger, and just as the curtains are fully open, we’re blasting out of a dark tunnel in the Ural mountains and the track rumble crescendos as the whistle screams, and we’re into the second part of the film. That’s what I’m talking about.

I’ve got some wonderful Rocky Horror memories that I’ll share in another post, as this one got too long with that unexpected tangent. But thanks Meryl for letting me know about this site! As an actor, I think it’s so cool that the Actor’s Studio had use of the space.

Sean Hannon
actor • animator • activist • ass • (and former projectionist of the Tiffany Theater!)

simplesolu
simplesolu on July 7, 2008 at 3:31 am

I remember all of you! David and his red hair. Living behing the church at Highland. Seeing ALIEN at the Egyptian at 4AM on opening night. I lived with Jim on sunset near the Tif. Remember Little Lisa and Big Lisa. Back Rubs in the lobby. and all those virgins in the stairway banging during rocky. Tommy Cooper did you do a cup count. Stale Bagged Popcorn, YUCK! Spelling out J A N E T on the screen during dammit janet.

OMG the memories

Jay Goldstein