6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028
The Egyptian Theatre today following a $15 million renovation & rehabilitation.
The rehabilitation of the Egyptian earned high honors in Nov. from the National Trust For Historic Preservation! We are a 2000 National Preservation Honor Award Winner!
Contributing to the revitalization of the City of Hollywood, the American Cinematheque has restored/renovated the historically significant 1922 Egyptian Theatre which is now the American Cinematheque's permanent home, as well as a major Hollywood landmark and state-of-the-art showcase theater.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE EGYPTIAN
THE LEGACY OF THE PIG 'N WHISTLE RESTAURANT
APRIL 9, 1998 PRESS RELEASE
APRIL 9, 1998 PRESS CONFERENCE
JUNE 18, 1998 PRESS RELEASE
JULY 1, 1998 PRESS RELEASE (Do you have a connection to the Egyptian?)
DONATING TO THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
ABOUT THE EGYPTIAN (11/6/98)
PROGRESS REPORT - WHEN WILL EVERYTHING BE FINISHED?
LIFE IN LOS ANGELES IN THE 1920's
1920's postcard images
CLASSIC IMAGES article on the Grand Re-Opening featuring a 75th Anniversary Premiere of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Several views of the architect's
A landmark Hollywood movie theater where Sid Grauman staged the first Hollywood premiere has made a Hollywood-style comeback.
Through the efforts of the American Cinematheque and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Hollywoods Egyptian Theatre once again rolls out the red carpet and klieg lights as the new home for the Cinematheque, a non-profit film theater showcasing classic films, documentaries, independent film and world cinema.
Approved by the Los Angeles City Council on Sept. 17, 1996, the CRA agreement allowed for the sale of the complex for a nominal $1 fee and provides a $3 million repair grant to facilitate the rehabilitation of the complex. The remainder of the funding necessary to complete the $9 million project includes a $2 million loan of federal funds from the Commercial Industrial Earthquake Recovery Loan Program (CIERLP) administered by the CRA, and American Cinematheques existing equity funds of $1 million. Additional fund-raising efforts by the American Cinematheque will cover the remaining costs of construction.
Councilmember Jackie Goldberg, who represents Hollywood in the 13th council district, played an active role in structuring the deal and has expressed strong support for the project.
"The revival of the Egyptian Theater is a redevelopment success story," said Christine Essel, CRA board chair. "Bringing back the Egyptian means bringing back Hollywood Boulevard, not only as an entertainment capital." The Egyptian joins the top-grossing El Capitan movie theater as another major addition and tourist attraction along the world-famous boulevard," said Essel.
The Egyptian Theatre was ready for its close-up and gala premiere on December 4, 1998.
"Well be bringing a large audience with us to the boulevard, " said Executive Director Barbara Smith, who expects the showcase to attract a very sizable share of the estimated 9 million tourists who visit the Walk Of Fame each year. Ten years in the search for a permanent home that included the Pan Pacific Auditorium destroyed by fire in the 1980s, the American Cinematheque is currently playing to sold-out audiences at its temporary home at Raleigh Studios.
"We will produce a film on the history of Hollywood that will run daily at the theater," said Smith. Full-scale programming in the evening will feature documentaries, independent films, classic film festivals and premiere screenings.
The Santa Monica- based architectural firm of Hodgetts+Fung led the restoration, which was constructed by The Turner Construction Company.
Plans called for a sub-division of the auditorium into a 618-seat theater and a 83-seat screening room. The restoration included removal of modern-day additions to the courtyard and lobby, restoration of the 1935 blade sign and the 1944 steel structural marquee, restoration of the portico and relocation of the ticket booth, rehabilitation of the retail storefronts closed in 1938, preservation and repair of the historic ceilings and restoration of the a 1922 theater organ for concerts from the ornate organ loft.
The 40,000-square-foot- theater complex, located at 6712 (& 6708 which is the address of retail space on the property) Hollywood Boulevard, currently consists of an operational 618-seat theater, a 6,700-square-foot tiled courtyard and a 3,080-square-foot retail building. The CRA launched preservation efforts by acquiring the property on Feb. 2, 1993. The theater was designated a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 584 on September. 23, 1993.
The Egyptian Theater opened in 1922 and was operated by Sid Grauman, who later built the world famous "Graumans Chinese" across the street. Hollywoods first premiere, "Robin Hood" starring Douglas Fairbanks, lit up the movie palace with a multitude of stars, flashing lights and red carpet, which set the stage for every movie premiere held thereafter.
(This article was originally written in 1996 and has been updated to some extent to indicate that the theatre has since opened.)
Check out the story on the Egyptian Theatre Project www.volume5.com/egyption/intro.html
There is always more to come!
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