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Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

Website: http://www.egyptiantheatre.com Open website in new window

Telephone: (323) 461-2020 Call (323) 461-2020

Address: 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 Show address in Google Maps (new window)

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 Overview

Built in the early 1920s by Sid Grauman, this movie palace was the site of the first-ever Hollywood movie premiere when it showcased “Robin Hood” in October 1922. The theatre was designed by architect firm Meyer & Holler and was originally planned to be hispanic in nature – hence the Spanish-style roof tiles above the exterior entrance – however was restyled in Revival-Egyptian likely due to public fascination with Egyptian archeology typified by Howard Carter in 1922.

Substantial damage was caused to the building during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Subsequently the exterior was restored to its original condition while the interior was “upgraded” to 20th Century standards. The auditorium is now smaller however boasts better seating, sightlines and sound system. A second and much smaller screening theatre was also added at this time. The auditorium ceiling with its magnificent sunburst painting has been preserved, however the original proscenium arch with massive flanking pillars is now gone.

Some curious structures remain from the theatre’s heyday including the “Muse’s Balconies”, flanking the proscenium arch, which housed singing Muses performing prior to movie screenings. Grauman was fond of showmanship and staged tableau scenes onstage prior to most of his movies and the Muses only added to that sense of showmanship. Indeed an Egyptian “guard”, in full costume, paraded back and forth across the roof, in full view of the incoming audience prior to showtime, counting down the minutes so the patrons would not be late to their seats!

Some Egyptian-Revival items still remain in the theatre’s storage areas and it’s hoped these remain there rather then being disposed of. The theatre is a mish-mash of classic and modern design and it would be a shame to see any more of the old stuff disappear!

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Documentary

 How do I visit the Egyptian Theatre?

As of March 2017, American Cinematheque runs monthly tours - schedule permitting. Generally tours run at 10:30am on Saturdays, last around 60 minutes, and cost under $10. Most of the tour is on a level surface with very low gradient ramps. If you want to visit the old Dressing Rooms and Backstage areas be prepared to climb several flights of stairs. Find out more by looking at American Cinematheque’s Calendar Link opens in new window. Advance reservations not required.

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Venue Information

Archived files for this venue

 Photos of the Egyptian Theatre

Auditorium

Backstage

Exterior and Public Areas

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