Tiffany Theater

The Tiffany Theater was the first theater located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. Located just west of La Cienega, it stood between the Playboy Club and Dino’s Lodge restaurant. Before being converted from the Mary Webb Davis Modeling School office at 8532 W. Sunset Blvd to a movie theater, the building had been seen in the 1958-1964 television series 77 Sunset Strip as the office for detectives Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Roger Smith, and Edd Byrnes.HistoryThe Tiffany opened on November 2, 1966 and was owned by producer Robert L. Lippert and veteran exhibitor Harold Goldman. It was equipped with 400 seats, and boasted “Continental Seating” with no aisle up the middle for “maximum audience viewing and comfort.” It was designed by architect Jack Edwards and built by Lippert Construction Company, with carpets provided by B.F. Shearer and seats from Haywood –Wakefield. The interior of the theater was designed by Ben Mayer with the new façade and marquee designed by Heath & Company for the structure that was originally built in 1935. One of its unique design elements was that the entrance was located to the right side of the screen and in the middle of the auditorium separating it into long top and bottom sections instead of the more common left, center and right design. At the time, the $250,000 theater was the most expensive house Lippert had ever built. The newly opened Tiffany Theater can be seen in the Mondo documentary The Forbidden. In that film, the marquee displays "Young Aphrodites" and Bergman's "Smiles of a Summer Night." "Young Aphrodites" was the first film to be show there, with gala champagne opening. It can also be seen in the 1967 John Boorman film "Point Blank" when the character 'Walker', portrayed by Lee Marvin first sees the 'Yost' character played by Keenan Wynn. The theatre can be seen from the roof of the Lou Costello Building opposite and is showing the 1965 Danish sex comedy "Eric Soya's 17", also known as "Sytten".

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8532 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
90069

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