Taking in a Film at The Egyptian Theatre
It’s no secret that I love a good movie palace. Heck, I go on and on about Last Remaining Seats until I’m blue in the…fingers? Moving on…one movie palace that I haven’t mentioned before is The Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. So I’m going to right that wrong today.
The Egyptian Theatre dates to 1922 when it was built by the master showman himself, Sid Grauman. It may seem like it’s always been about the Chinese Theatre but The Egyptian came first and was THE place for Hollywood premiers. But, as often happens, tastes changed and The Egyptian fell into disrepair. Luckily, before the wrecking ball struck it was taken over by the American Cinematheque and restored to it’s former glory.
Now, this happened about 13 years ago which is why there’s some wear and tear on the building today. You see, the American Cinematheque is a non-profit and I can only imagine how expensive it is to keep up the building…
Therefore, I would encourage you to visit The Egyptian! Whether you like classics or modern films there’s often something for everyone on the screen. Just last week I attended a vintage fashion show and screening of “The Long, Long Trailer.” Prior I’d been to a retrospective of “The Twilight Zone.” The films are varied and often rare so it’s really the perfect place to catch a flick. AND they also offer a tour once a month. Have I taken the tour? Of course! So you can take my word for it that it makes for a good afternoon.
So let’s not see They Egyptian fall into disrepair again. It’s a significant part of the Los Angeles (not to mention Hollywood!) cultural landscape and should always be.
The Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046