Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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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.

BobSe on November 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm

@William: were you there for the 70mm presentation of Star Trek VI this last summer? I was there on a vacation trip to LA. Are you still working as an operator?

Cliffs on November 21, 2011 at 3:58 am

Pretty much packed for Raiders of the Lost Ark tonight. Fairly impressive considering the rain today.

TannerBoyle on October 18, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Actually the attendance has been way up there. They average around 200 a night.

dtrigubetz on October 7, 2011 at 10:44 am

Folks, as one who has paid 70 times to see movies at the Egptian in the last two years(including last night’s program)I have noticed an attendance slippage. Don’t just talk movies, PAY to see them.

William on June 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Anyone planning to go the Egyptian for the 70MM screening of TRON on July 1st.. Bad News it will be shown in 35mm or Blu-ray. As Disney has double booked their sole 70MM print. The film is showing at AFI Silver in Maryland. The other film on the bill “T2” will be in 70MM.

neeb on June 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm


Is a good place to start. It’s not exhaustive, but if it was in 70mm, it was big.

Marcel on June 2, 2011 at 10:21 am

Very true. I have photos of the Egyptian back in 1988 and 1989 and it was going strong. It had three screens. The Vogue and Hollywood were still operating then also.

meheuck on May 31, 2011 at 6:09 pm

My close friend, film historian and blogger Ariel Schudson, would like to confirm what major films opened at the Egyptian from around 1985 to its initial closure in 1992. She wrote about the theatre in a recent post about the TCM festival this past April (, but was not quite 100% sure about the movies she recalled seeing there as a teen. Since there have been such great exhaustive lists for the Westwood theatres and other L.A. locations, can some of the resident experts here help?

MarcH on May 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Just back from TCM film festival. This year I wasn’t as distracted by the mediocre interior (that was a major let down the first time i visited—I really wanted this to look like the original).

I must admit this was my favorite of the Festival theaters. The very size of that screen really brought home the importance of seeing classic movies in a theater. Saw Buster Keaton’s THE CAMERAMAN (with live orchestra!), and that was just amazing. A once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing. Would give anything to see 70mm here!

You Los Angelenos have got it good!

Giles on May 2, 2011 at 8:19 pm

The American Cinematheque will be screening Fox’s latest 70mm restoration of ‘Cleopatra’ on Saturday, 7 May 2011 at 7:30pm. Ticket price for Cinematheque non-members is $11.00 USD. As their promo release says, “What better place than the Egyptian to see Cleopatra?”

William on January 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm

The last true long run 70MM Roadshow was “Funny Girl” at the Egyptian. “Marooned” had a Reserved Seat Engagement starting Dec 13th, 1969 in 70MM and played 23 weeks.

bigjoe59 on January 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Hello Again. thanks for the info about the many roadshow films
which had healthy runs at the Egyptian. but might i be repetitive
and again ask if “Funny Girl”’s run at the Egyptian was the last
roadshow film to play the theater period? as i said in my first
post the studios didn’t abandon the roadshow policy till Dec.
of 1972. i am fascinated by the history of the roadshow policy
and wonder what the last roadshow film was to play the Egyptian.
anyone know?

William on January 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm

True, but most industry trade papers broke in down in number of weeks.

HowardBHaas on January 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Our Introduction already included that information.

William on January 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm

“Funny Girl” ran for 61 weeks at the Egyptian Theatre. During that time it was the last true long run there.
The top six long run 70MM Roadshow engagements at the Egyptian were:
“Ben-Hur” @ 98 weeks, “My Fair Lady” @ 68 weeks, “Funny Girl” @ 61 weeks, “Hawaii” @ 52 weeks, “Oklahoma!” @ 51 weeks and “South Pacific” @ 44 weeks.

bigjoe59 on January 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm

the history of the theater at the top of the page says the
run of “FUNNY GIRL” was the last of the long run roadshow films
to play the Egyptian. does that mean “FUNNY GIRL” was the
last roadshow film to play the Egyptian or simply the last
roadshow film to have a healthy run? i ask this question
because the studios didn’t abandon the roadshow policy till
December of 1972.

monika on January 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Hey, Penway, it’s “achangeinscenery” from Flickr. Nice to see you on the Cinema Treasures boards!

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Ross Care on January 4, 2011 at 8:54 am

Anne Francis at the Egyptians:
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Ross Care on January 4, 2011 at 8:52 am

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