Laemmle Theatres

Laemmle Theatres (/ˈlɛmli/ LEM-lee) is a group of family-run arthouse movie theaters in the Los Angeles area. It was established in 1938[1] and is owned and operated by Robert Laemmle and his son Greg Laemmle.

Laemmle Theatres
Founded1938; 83 years ago (1938)
FounderMax and Kurt Laemmle
Area served
Los Angeles area
ServicesMovie theater, Academy Award qualification
OwnerRobert and Greg Laemmle

Robert Laemmle's father Max and uncle Kurt, cousins of Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle, bought their first movie theater in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1938.

There are eight locations: Claremont 5 in Claremont, Monica 4-plex in Santa Monica, Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles, Town Center 5 in Encino, NoHo 7 in North Hollywood, and Laemmle Theatres 6 in Newhall. The Laemmle Grande 4-Plex on South Figueroa Street closed October 25, 2009 as L.A. Live's Regal Cinema complex was set to open.[1] The Newhall theater has been built but its opening has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

In December 2011, the Glendale City Council and Redevelopment Agency approved a $12.8 million[3] plan to develop a loft with 42 residential units, a 5-screen Laemmle Theaters, and a Panda Inn restaurant. Construction of the residential building complex began in mid-2015,[4] and is expected to open in early 2017.[5]

Oscar qualifyingEdit

During the 21st century, the Laemmle venues have come to be known as the "Secret Path to Oscar Qualifying" since they have been repeatedly used by independent films, short films, and documentaries for that purpose.[6] Laemmle provides services designed to enable a film to qualify for Academy Awards,[7] charging a flat rate for exhibition while giving the film's producers 100 percent of the box office receipts; they have someone meet every year with the Academy committees in all the categories to ensure their "qualifying run" bookings actually qualify.[6] They even help film-makers book their films outside of their own theaters if a committee requires that.[6]


  1. ^ a b Richard Verrier A Hollywood opening for downton cinema October 24, 2009 Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ "A Sneak Preview Of The New Laemmle Theatre In Old Town Newhall". Hometown Station. 2021-02-22. Retrieved 2021-03-16.
  3. ^ "Glendale's Laemmle Lofts Theater and Housing Finally Moving - Curbed LA". Retrieved 2016-12-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Redevelopment's Dissolution Leads City of Glendale To Create Its Own Economic Development Corporation | The Planning Report". Retrieved 2016-12-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Laemmle Lofts: Glendale". Retrieved 2016-12-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b c "The Secret Path to Oscar Qualifying". The Wrap. November 5, 2009. Retrieved 2017-04-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Qualification from the Laemmle Theatres website

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