Please join the American Cinematheque in honoring the legacy of the Egyptian Theatre, home of the first Hollywood movie premiere.
The Egyptian Theatre along Hollywood Boulevard has been screening movies on the big screen since 1922, when films were silent, and Howard C. Carter was still hot on the trail of King Tut’s tomb in Egypt. Theater owner Sid Grauman was tapped by developer Charles E. Toberman to open a grand movie palace on Prospect Avenue (now Hollywood Boulevard) in an area of the city not yet particularly known for night life. The theatre opened to great fanfare on October 18, 1922 with silent film era royalty Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin in attendance – and the rest is legend.
Join them for an evening of 1922 style entertainment featuring silent short films (including some Egyptian theme novelty films), vaudeville acts, make your own Hollywood Screen Test, 1920s libations, a buffet fit for King Tut, gaming in their speakeasy gambling den, tours of the Egyptian’s private spaces, dancing, and more exotic entertainment than anyone can fathom!
It's suggested, patrons come in costume to complete the evening’s festivities. The Egyptian Theatre’s 90th Anniversary Masquerade Ball is on Saturday, October 20th at 6:30p. Here’s a link to purchase tickets:
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