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American Cinematheque / Grauman's Egyptian Theater
American Cinematheque / Grauman's Egyptian Theater

American Cinematheque / Grauman's Egyptian Theater

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6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 461-2020
http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/egyptian_theatre_events
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One of the most historic buildings in Hollywood, Sid Grauman built this theater five years before building his renowned Chinese Theater down the street. The theater opened with the premier of Robin ... Read more
Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

The Egyptian is one of the top theaters in Los Angeles to see classic films for the first time or revisit films you already love once again. The picture quality and sound are top-notch. The theater itself is in the style of the classical movie houses that don't get made anymore today. If you've never seen Lawrence of Arabia this is the place to start. They also give tours of the theater every once in awhile and host special events like the brand new Maltin Fest hosted by film critic Leonard Maltin. We met Leonard there when seeing a documentary, The Death of Superman Lives (directed by the late Jon Schnepp), he was very cordial and eager to talk about other projects in his life with us. Like them on Facebook or visit their website to keep up with their events. This is the place for cinephiles.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Originally planned to resemble a Spanish hacienda, the theater was under construction when King Tut's Tomb was discovered. Disregarding the already installed Spanish tile roof, the showman Sid Grumman shifted to an Egyptian motif. Grauman initiated Hollywood movie premiers at the Egyptian. Parades, celebrities, red carpet entrances and crisscrossing spotlights lighting the night sky were used.
Following its, and Hollywood's glory days, by the 1990s the Egyptian was in disrepair as a result of neglect and vandalism. It was closed and eventually acquired by the city of Los Angeles. In 1996 The American Cinematheque purchased the theater from a Los Angeles redevelopment agency for $1.00 on the condition they renovate. Only the original ceiling remains. It is now a premier location for featuring a full program of classic films.

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Local from Azusa, California, USA

I had the opportunity to attend the Taste Awards as a volunteer for the 2012 Taste Awards at the Egyptain Theatre last week. The theatre is really nicely decorated on the outside with Egpytian hieroglyphics and drawings. The theatre itself is quite small inside but very cozy. You instantly get the old Hollywood feel as you walk inside.

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Local from Diamond Bar, California, USA

I love this place. I come here for movie screenings and film festivals. The place is just iconic in LA.

THEATER:
Very clean and comfy seats. I sit in the front too and it's been fine. I love the Q&A too. You can see from any seat.

REFRESHMENTS:
Overpriced like all theaters but very limited. But this is an OLD theater

BATHROOMS:
A lot of space.

AMBIANCE:
Very Hollywood. Great photo ops and just HISTORY! I've been here just for photos! The lights and everything!

PARKING: Street or paid lots

OVERALL:
I love this place.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Established in 1981. The non-profit American Cinematheque was conceived as a year round film festival by Gary Essert and Gary Abrahams who also founded the legendary Los Angeles Film Festival FILMEX (1971 - 1982).

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San Luis Obispo

You can't visit LA and not go see a movie, right? Down Hollywood Blvd., just a block or two away from the mad tourist crowds, this restored vintage gem puts on a really interesting schedule of classic and new indie movies, sometimes with special appearances by big-name stars. A gorgeous spot to see a flick.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

The Egyptian Theatre was built by showman Sid Grauman, who subsequently built the nearby El Capitan Theatre and Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Opened in 1922, it was the venue for the first-ever Hollywood premiere: Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks. While its design is not as stunning as the Chinese Theater, the Egyptian Theater, now run by the American Cinematheque, remains a great place to see classic movies today. The film schedule alone is usually a great selection, but they also host many screenings with special guest appearances or Q&A sessions. See their website (http://americancinematheque.com/), for a schedule of events, films and showtimes.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

This big theater has a classic look, a couple blocks down from Mann's Chinese. A cool place to check out on Hollywood Blvd for visitors who come to LA.

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Went here for a screening of Tokyo, featuring a Q&A with Michel Gondry. Also met one of my good friends at a reception here. Great memories. I recently watched a double feature of Hitchcock and Psycho. An audience member had some kind of accident, and the projectionist actually stopped the film. Didn't get my money back, but oh well.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Part of the American Cinematheque's single theater. The other single theater is the Aero in Santa Monica. The Egyptian is one of the few single screen theaters left in Los Angeles. You'll find film festivals, retrospective events, and special screenings with special guests stars here. It is a gorgeous theater with Egyptian art deco designs that evoke the glamour of old Hollywood.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado

Went here every time we visited Hollywood when I was younger. Nothing beats seeing your favorite movie stars' foot and hand prints. Too bad it doesn't hold the same allure now as it did in the 60's and 70's!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

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Reward yourself for being an early riser and catch a matinee at one of the iconic old Hollywood theaters around the corner -- The El Capitan, Grauman's Chinese Theatre or The Egyptian. Yes, you've surely driven by these movie houses on boring, obligatory tours for sightseeing out-of-towners, but oozing with Hollywood history and renovated with state-of-the-art technical overhauls, they truly are some of the best places to catch a flick, not just in LA, but anywhere.

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