Tiffany Theater

8534 W. Sunset Boulevard,
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Unfavorite 15 people favorited this theater

Showing 1 - 25 of 65 comments

Mister_Comics on November 2, 2017 at 5:09 pm

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 on August 5, 2016 at 9:46 pm

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

DavidZornig on May 31, 2016 at 7:03 pm

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

adsausage on March 18, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Also seen in ‘Stardust’ {1974}

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on September 18, 2014 at 7:17 pm

The Tiffany Theater Sign at Valley Relics Museum

MJuggler on September 3, 2013 at 11:44 pm

So long Tiffany

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on September 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm

The Tiffany Theater was demolished on August 30, 2013.

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on August 11, 2013 at 4:58 am

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

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on March 14, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Here is another Facebook page for Tiffany alumni.

View link

Troy Martin
Troy Martin on December 27, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Here is a Facebook page for Tiffany alumni.

View link

JAlex on May 22, 2009 at 12:03 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 on May 22, 2009 at 9:34 am

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

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

Scottoro on May 9, 2009 at 10:35 am

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 on April 29, 2009 at 2:06 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 1, 2009 at 8:57 pm

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 6:01 am

Here is a picture of Gerrit.
View link

lisasutton on January 19, 2009 at 8:32 pm

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

meryl on January 18, 2009 at 2:29 am

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

meredithlee on January 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm

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 on January 11, 2009 at 1:58 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 6, 2009 at 10:35 pm

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 on January 1, 2009 at 2:17 am

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

lisasutton on December 29, 2008 at 1:25 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!)