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 debuting cinema on the big screen since 1922, when films were silent, and Howard C. Carter was hot on the trail of King Tut’s tomb in Egypt. Developer Charles E. Toberman tapped theater owner Sid Gauman to open a grand movie palace on Prospect Avenue (now Hollywood Boulevard) in a part of the city not yet particularly known for night life. The theater opened to great fanfare on October 18, 1922 with silent film royalty in attendance, including Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Charlie Chaplin – and the rest is history.
Enjoy a memorable evening of 1922 style entertainment featuring silent short films (including some Egyptian themed novelty two-reelers), vaudeville acts, a Hollywood Screen Test booth, 1920s libations, a buffet fit for King Tut, gaming in their speakeasy gambling den, dancing, tours of the Egyptian’s private spaces, and more exotic entertainment than anyone can fathom!
It’s suggested patrons arrive 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:
Until next time> “never forget”