American Cinematheque Project Team

Hodgetts+Fung Design Associates, Inc.

The Ratkovich Company

Turner Construction Company, Special Projects Division

Engelkirk&Sabol Consulting Structural Engineers, Inc.

Boston Light & Sound, Inc.

McKay Conant Brook, Inc.


Design Development Services

Behr-Browers Partnership Inc.

Historic Reasearch Group


Irell & Manella


Francisco Behr, Jeff Carlisle, David A. Conant, C. Chapin Cutler, Jr., Jan Douglas,

Joesph N. Elliott, Robert E. Engelkirk, Ming Fung, Jack Germain, Peyton Hall,

Craig Hodgetts, Eric Holmquist, Cheryl Johnson, Christy Johnson McAvoy,

Michael John Pittas, Wayne Ratkovich, Henry Shields, Jr.

Barbara Zicka Smith, William A. Wallace, Jr., L. Kent Woodhouse


The City of Los Angeles

Richard J. Riordan, Mayor

Jackie Goldberg, Councilmember, Thirteenth District


The Community Redevelopment Agency

Christine Essel, Chair, Board of Commisioners

John E. Malloy, Administrator

Donna DeBruhl-Hemer, Project Manager, Hollywood


Established in 1984, the Amercian Cinematheque is a Los Angeles based, non-profit, viewer supported film and video exhibition organization dedicated to the celebration of America’s indigenous art form -- the motion picture. Our primary goal is to provide audiences with the broadest possible movie-going experiences.

Weekly programming at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood includes new films from around the world, tributes to filmmakers and actors, screenings of rare works and special prints and the latest independent films and videos, presented through our Alternative Screen series. To further enhance the cinema experience, the Cinematheque regularly hosts post-screening discussions between the filmmakers who created the work, film historians and the audience.

Since 1993 the Cinematheque has worked with the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, to restore the historically significant 1922 Egyptian Theater, a project which contributes to the revitalization of Hollywood Boulevard. Scheduled for completion in early 1998, this historic landmark will become the Cinematheque’s home and will provide Los Angelenos and visitors alike, with a nightly, state-of-the-art filmgoing experience in a showcase theater designed to bring together the best of the past, present and future of the moving picture.

While respecting the historic significance of the Egyptian and the most current innovations in motion picture exhibition, the Cinematheque 1) will restore the original rooftop "nitrate" booth with a satellite dish next to it; 2) an installation of the latest in digital sound technology as well as acoustics designed for a 1922 Wurlitzer organ: to be installed to accompany silent films; 3) film projection capabilities which will range from 70mm to 8mm to the big-screen video; and 4) regular in-person and electronically transmitted visits with the independent and international filmmaking communities.


Please call us for more information about the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater: 213.466.3456.