Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Coate on March 25, 2015 at 11:02 am

Yeah, Flix70, the Egyptian has screenings nearly every night so you’d think there would be more comments on this page. Anyway, I’m pleased you enjoyed the “1941” article. No Spielberg at the event (unless he was in disguise). The Q&A included actors Tim Matheson, Nancy Allen, Dianne Kay, Bobby Di Cicco, Susan Backlinie, and Jordan Cohen, plus co-screenwriter Bob Gale, producer Buzz Feitshans, miniature supervisor Greg Jein, second assistant director Chris Soldo, and stuntperson Leslie Hoffman. Mike Matessino hosted.

Flix70 on March 25, 2015 at 8:44 am

Thanks for the info on the “1941” screening, Coate. Getting anybody to comment on special screenings these days is like pulling teeth. Spielberg didn’t make a surprise appearance Sunday? I did read your Digital Bits article and enjoyed it. Keep ‘em coming.

markinthedark on March 24, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Off topic – the Arena Cinema: looking at pictures on Yelp it seems to have 1 auditorium. Were the 2 cinemas opened up into 1?

Coate on March 24, 2015 at 8:55 pm

Flix70 wrote: “So no one was at the ‘1941’ screening this past Sunday?”

I attended. It was great to see “1941” with an audience that seemed to appreciate it. It was pretty trippy to experience the movie in a theater on Hollywood Blvd. since so much of it takes place there. :–) And the Q&A was enjoyable.

And on a related note for those who might have an interest, here’s a link to an article I recently wrote in preparation for the “1941” screening.

CTCrouch on March 24, 2015 at 5:01 pm

After sitting dormant for the past few years, they’ve finally begun putting the courtyard storefronts back in to use. The main entrance/Hollywood Blvd corner unit is slated to reopen as a juice bar in April and the remaining units received some remodeling recently (not sure if there are tenants lined up for those yet).

Flix70 on March 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

So no one was at the “1941” screening this past Sunday?

drb on January 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

terrywade: Totally agree!

I hadn’t been to the Egyptian since the early nineties, before the quake and remodeling. I had read others' descriptions of what had been done to the poor theatre, and wasn’t in a hurry to return. But there was something showing a couple months ago that I wanted to see, and both the Chinese and El Capitan were running movies on my “need to see” list, so I thought I’d do all three movie palaces in one day. So, straight from El Cap to the Chinese, with all of their splendors, I walk into the Egyptian, and… no matter how many interior photos I had seen, somehow I just wasn’t prepared for how underwhelming the poor theatre had become. At least with the curved screen and curtains, the sunburst and scarab where the old proscenium arch once was still had a visual connection to the screen. Now it’s just in the middle of nowhere, with the tiny, unadorned screen far away from it, looking like it’s right out a multiplex in a mall. They really put the “gyp” in Egyptian.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on January 23, 2015 at 1:15 pm

I agree that they need a curtain, or at least flood the screen in colored light.

terrywade on January 22, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Bring back the curved D-150 screen. The little flat screen today with no curtains is a sad place to watch a film. No color lights inside during a film. The fountains ran dry because of leaks many years ago in the for court. No marquee out front to tell all the tourists what is going on inside. Time for a new management team to come in and bring back some showmanship and customers. Take a cue on what the El Capitan Theatre does up the street,they have lines outside while the Eqyptian only has a few good nights a month.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Bartstar: The new front of the Egyptian Theatre was installed in either late 1949 or early 1950. An article about the remodeling appeared in the March 4, 1950, issue of Boxoffice (first page and second page.) You might also be interested in the Egyptian Theatre street view timeline at Historic Hollywood Theatres.

Bartstar on November 15, 2014 at 10:05 am

When did the street facade remodeling from the 50’s occur?
Maybe I missed something, but I can’t find the exact dates of its existence. Just that it was around from the 50’s to the 80’s.

It seems that this information should be included in the overview.

Coate on October 29, 2014 at 11:51 am

Happy 50th! “My Fair Lady” opened at the Egyptian on this day in 1964 (with a benefit premiere the previous night) and went on to become the theater’s second-longest-running engagement.

plinfesty on March 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm

The screen was never 90 feet wide. It was somewhere between 70-80 feet measured along the curve, which is key. That particular screen (Dimension 150) featured a 120 degree curved screen and was installed in 1968. Without the curve, the screen would have to be a lot smaller. It was during this 1968 remodeling that the proscenium went, not for the Todd-AO remodel. For the original CinemaScope installation in the early 50’s, the two inner pillars were removed. For Todd-AO, the screen was actually brought forward, hiding the outer pillars. This was when the draped look went up. then in 1968, the last of the pillars and proscenium were removed and the new D-150 curved screen installed by pushing it back to where the original stage was. Ironically, much of the original side work was revealed of the auditorium at this time.

Cliffs on January 25, 2014 at 10:57 pm

I’m still absolutely baffled as to how an auditorium that housed a 90 foot wide screen now contains a 53 foot wide screen. Where did that extra 40 feet fit? Did they somehow shrink the auditorium?

Vito on August 24, 2013 at 1:30 am

Anyone know how the World 3-D Movie Expo in September will be projected? 35mm dual projector polaroid or Digital?

MichaelDequina on May 13, 2013 at 4:37 am

The Egyptian annex once again operates as a cinema as of late last year under the name Arena Cinema, booking independent fare:

moviebuff82 on May 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Return of the Jedi was shown again this past weekend for star wars weekend to celebrate it’s 30th anniversary on May 25th, weeks after the film had its world premiere at this theater. It was part of a festival.

fieldight on September 21, 2012 at 4:39 am

I first saw The Little Prince here when I was 5 back in 75 I believe! Damnation Alley! But most notably I would alternate almost everyday for 3 weeks between The Spy Who Loved Me at The Egyptian and simultaneously Star Wars at the Chinese! Then I remember the big camping out lines for Empire Strikes back! The 3 little screens in the side building I remember Kentucky Fried Movie playing there!

ChasSmith on August 7, 2012 at 9:01 am

What I recall from having gone just a couple of times was that you still entered through the main walkway, then jogged around to the left side of the main building, and I believe the doors to the small building were on its south side. I hate to say it but I don’t even recognize it from that photo. I thought there might have been a small patio style entrance, but basically it was just a plain little building with two tiny screens.

Giles on August 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

there’s a nice quick glimpse of the exterior of the theater in the movie ‘Ruby Sparks’

Zubi on August 7, 2012 at 2:16 am

Robert L. – There are already a couple pics of the former II-III annex building under the Photos tab. However, I’ve uploaded one more for you from a web article on LA movie houses. Unlike the original Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre building, the tiny 1972 annex was not a pretty site (my friend used to say it looked like a tenement house). It was located in the back, way behind the main, original theatre—on Las Palmas. There was once even a turnstile at the annex entrance (presumably to allow minimal staffing). In the 1980s I understand that United Artists Theatres wanted to get rid of these two small screens and put in something much nicer to complement the original Egyptian: a pair of 600-seat, state-of-the-art houses built high above the original and intact Grauman’s building to create a whole new Egyptian entertainment complex. However, reportedly, Mann Theatres' allies on the City Council blocked approval.

The annex building was called Egyptian Arena post-UA.

As bad as this annex was, at least it did not affect the original building. UA did not divide and destroy the auditorium of the original Egyptian Theatre as American Cinematheque did. In its days as a commercial venue, the Egyptian was an enormous movie palace. Its main auditorium was so large then that, as UA company officer Jim Sherman once said, you could stand in one part of the auditorium and not be able to see every seat.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on August 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I would like to know more about the two additional auditoriums added when it was triplexed. Where were they located? What size were they? Does anyone have any pictures they could post?

BobSe on November 28, 2011 at 11:31 am

@William: you are a long way from home my friend. do you wish to exchange e-mail addresses?

William on November 28, 2011 at 7:34 am

@BobSe: Hi Bob, no but Paul Rayton runs a Great show over there. Yes, I’m still working as a operator. But I’m based in NYC now (Times Square). I remember all those people waiting in front of the Egyptian Theatre for “Empire Strikes Back” (I was one of them).

BobSe on November 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Does anyone remember the lines for The Empire Strikes Back when it opened at the Egyptian Memorial Day weekend, 1980? I seem to remember the LA Times reporting something close to 30,000 tickets being sold before the first show started on Wednesday night at midnight.