FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  September 26, 2000
Contact:   Margot Gerber
Tel.: 323.461.2020  ext. 115
E-mail:  amcin@msn.com

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE CELEBRATES THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE'S 78th ANNIVERSARY
WITH A SPECIAL BUSTER KEATON PROGRAM ON OCTOBER 18, 2000

HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian celebrates the
Egyptian Theatre's 78th Anniversary with a special Buster Keaton program
featuring screenings of two Keaton classics comedies: "Cops" (1922) and
"Sherlock, Jr." (1924), both shot on location in Hollywood around the time
Sid Grauman opened the Egyptian on October 18, 1922. The films will be put
in context by noted silent film historian John Bengston, author of the
recent book Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through The Films of
Buster Keaton
(on sale during this event).  Bengston will introduce the
program and deliver a presentation on the surviving locations of many of
Keaton's films. Local history buffs will enjoy the "now" and "then" photos
in Bengtson's collection. This visual treasure hunt and the screenings will be followed by a dessert
reception in the Egyptian Theatre Courtyard, sponsored by Beaulieu
Vineyards. The local Neighborhood Homeowners Associations will also host a
display. For more information on the history of the Egyptian see our
website.
    "Cops" (1922, 20 min.) is directed by buster Keaton and Eddie Cline. Buster'
s attempts to impress his girlfriend escalate into a manic police chase
around Los Angeles. "Sherlock, Jr." (1924, 45 min.), also directed by
Keaton, is a sublime comedy about reality and illusion. Projectionist Buster
literally dreams himself into the detective movie he is screening! There
will be live musical accompaniment with both films. Special Ticket price is
$7 Cinematheque members and $10 general admission. All screenings are at the
newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712
Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.
Bengston is available for interview. BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE
UPON REQUEST VIA E-MAIL.  The book's publisher is going to make some of the Hollywood "Then and Now" shots from the book available to the
press for publication in connection with the event on Oct. 18 at the
Egyptian. These photos can be sent to your photo editor digitally. Please e-mail your
requests to Jeffery Goldman at books@santamonicapress.com if you want
photos.
    Hailed as "Mindboggling" (Leonard Maltin), "Brilliant" (LA TIMES) and
"Inexhaustibly fascinating" (San Francisco Chronicle), Silent Echoes reveals
the 80 year old hisotry hidden within Keaton's films, piecing together
archival photographs, vintage maps, aerial shots and other Hollywood relics
to conjure up the silent movie era from an entirely new perspective. Come
discover vintage Holywood.
    John Bengtson is also available for interview (john@silentechoes.net)
He also recommends the site www.busterkeaton.com

  No theatrical press screenings are slated for this
show. REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS MUST BE IN WRITING AND
SHOULD BE FAXED TO 323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW
TIME.  JOURNALISTS WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND
A WRITTEN REQUEST.
THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

American Cinematheque, 1800 North Highland Avenue, Suite 717, Hollywood, CA
90028
(tel) 323.466-FILM - (fax) 323.461.9737  On the web:
http://www.egyptiantheatre.com

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