5462 Santa Monica Boulevard,
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Functions: Movies (Adult)
Styles: East Indian
Previous Names: Mini Theatre
The Mini Theatre was opened on November 5, 1969 with an adult movie titled “Studio F”. It was later renamed Tiki Theatre. After the demise of the Sunset Pussycat Theatre, this is the only theatre showing straight porn in the greater metropolitan Los Angeles area. Screening video/DVD on a very small screen, it originally had girls stripping between triple-features, but no longer.
It may also be the last theatre in Los Angeles with a turnstile entrance as well. It was a conversion of a former market and later a liquor store, and has operated as an adult theatre for over 50 years.
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To kencmcintyre, re Aug 29, 09 post: That photo is of the North side of Hollywood Blvd just east of N. Wilton Pl. That theater’s address would be 5651 Hollywood Blvd. A home decor store called Mush is located there now. http://www.m-u-s-h.com/
Fred Willard was arrested for lewd conduct last night in Hollywood when police allegedly caught him with his pants down in an adult movie theater … TMZ has learned.
According to law enforcement sources, LAPD undercover vice officers went into the Tiki Theater in Hollywood and found the 78-year-old “Anchorman” star watching last night’s feature … with his penis exposed and in his hand — aka, pulling a Pee-wee Herman.
We’re told Willard was arrested around 8:45PM and booked for lewd conduct.
It was a quick release — we’re told he was out of police custody a short while later.
As for which movie Fred was watching — there are 3 flicks in rotation at the theater … “Follow Me 2,” a XXX parody of “The Client List,” and “Step Dad No. 2.”
Willard is best known for his memorable roles in “Best in Show”, “For Your Consideration”, “American Wedding” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
According to IMDB, Fred is “rumored” to be in pre-production for a movie entitled … “The Yank.”
It’s a comedy.
See offsite link on www.tmz.com
For more information on the “experience” of going to the Tiki, see this article which quotes a Yelp reviewer: http://laist.com/2012/07/19/fred_willard_arrested_for_lewd_cond.php
Tiki culture folks provide regular reports about this theater: http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=26718&forum=2&52
The building the theatre is housed in was built in 1919.
Interesting trivia related to this building: In the mid to late 70’s John Holmes was utilizing 5466 Santa Monica Blvd. as his business mailing address (currently the discount store located next door to the Tiki Theatre, but likely some sort of message/postal box service in Holmes' day).
Would anyone who used to work at this theater be willing to talk to us at Thrillist about it for an article? Email if so!
Used to be very seedy, but a few years ago was given an upgrade. New “leather” seats, air conditioning, new projector, and a second small LCD screen. Bathroom could use a little work, but hey, it’s a porn theater.
They’ve raised their prices a little, now $13. There is still a small free parking lot in back, and meters on the street.
Mostly married/discrete guys. Those that are looking for action sit toward the back, those that aren’t sit toward the front. Every knows the game and is cool. Occasionally some drug users, but the last few times I went, didn’t see any. Perhaps the owners have been discouraging that.
I’ve had some pretty good times here.
This opened as the Mini theatre on November 5th, 1969 with “Studio F”. Grand opening ad posted
Just an update: It’s a 30 seat theatre. Not fifty.
Prior to its' cinema conversion, the building served as a market and later a liquor store.