Royal Theatre

11523 Santa Monica Blvd. 
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Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 478-3836


Opened: March 8, 1924 as the Tivoli Theatre.

Architect: Not known

Seating: 600 for years. With the 2012 triplexing, the total seat count is down to 300.

Status:  Long operated by Laemmle Theatres, the Royal remains one of the premiere venues for foreign films in Los Angeles. It became a 3 screen operation after a 4 month remodel in 2012.

The Royal was previously equipped for 70MM projection. It's now all digital.  "Hamlet" got a 70MM run here in 1996 and the theatre had sometimes run festivals of 70MM prints such as 2010's "Star Wars" marathon.

In July 2012, Greg Laemmle announced "imminent" plans to triplex the theatre. The big house (about 175 seats) retains the existing proscenium.  The smaller houses include one with less than 50 seats and one with about 100 seats. The Westwood-Century City Patch's Sarah Fay had the story.

A nice story in L.A. Biz by Annlee Ellingson in December 2012 discussed the reopening and the company's strategy to stay competitive in a changing business.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Royal Theatre.

A night view of the Royal.

 photo: Mark Peacock - 2010

It's from Mark's Vintage Theatres set on Flickr.
Also visit his blog: On the Road With Mark Peacock

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An earlier view of the Royal Theatre.

photo: Bill Counter - 2007

    In 70MM

Here we're looking at a one Norelco DP70 35/70MM
 machine and a Simplex XL in the Royal Theatre booth.
The third machine looks like it might be a 16mm unit.
The undated photo is by Johan Wolthuis. 

full size view

It's a photo on this site's DP70s in California page.
Thomas Hauerslev's wonderful site is the place to visit
 for information about 70mm projector history, news
 of 70mm festivals and more.

All projection at the Royal is now digital.

    L.A. Public Library Collection

A 1938 view of the Royal (then the Tivoli
Theatre) from the Library's Collection.
full size view

    Photos of Los Angeles

Thanks to Doug Simmons for this facade photo,
added by him as a comment with several 2016 photos
he took of the Laemmle Monica Film Center.

A detail of the Royal's new signage.

photo: Stephen Russo - 2014

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The original proscenium.

photo: Stephen Russo - 2013

Although the theatre has been triplexed, the
proscenium remains intact in the forward auditorium.

A detail of the ornament at
the top of the proscenium.

photo: Stephen Russo - 2013

Thanks, Stephen! The photos originally appeared on the
Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation Facebook page: 
| full proscenium view | proscenium detail |
marquee |

The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation is actively
 involved in the study and preservation of the vintage theatres
in the Los Angeles area. The group frequently supports
events and offers tours of the buildings. | LAHTF on Facebook

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    Laemmle Theatres

A view of the lobby on the Laemmle Theatres website.

An auditorium view of the house as a single screen
venue that was featured on the Laemmle website.

    Los Angeles Theater Reviews

A 2011 blog post on the "Laemmle Royal Theatre" contains
great view of the entrance and spiffed-up marquee.

full size view

The photo also appears
on Photos of Los Angeles.

    UCLA - L.A. Times Photo Collection |

A 1977 L.A. Times photo by
Bill Varie in the UCLA collection.
full size view