FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: October 13, 1998

Contact: Margot Gerber

Tel: (323) 466-3456, ext. 115

 

THE 1922 EGYPTIAN THEATRE ON HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD CELEBRATES ITS 76th BIRTHDAY ON OCTOBER 18th AS AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE

RENOVATION NEARS COMPLETION

 

HOLLYWOOD – The historic 1922 Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard passes the three-quarter century mark on Sunday, October 18, 1998. The theatre celebrates its 76th birthday just weeks before the American Cinematheque completes the $14.1 million renovation of the building. The invitation only Grand Re-Opening of the Egyptian on December 4, 1998 will be a vintage, 75th anniversary premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 classic, THE TEN COMMANDEMNTS (Paramount), presented with the original score. Acclaimed musicologist Gillian Anderson will conduct the orchestra. Guests at opening night will step back in time to experience this classic silent film exactly as Sid Grauman’s guests did at the original TEN COMMANDMENTS premiere at the Egyptian on December 4, 1923.

Coincidentally, this year’s Moving Picture Ball, the American Cinematheque’s largest annual fund-raiser, will take place on October 18th. This year’s honoree is Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since 1986, the Cinematheque has annually honored an extraordinary artist (actor, producer, director or writer) in the entertainment industry who is fully engaged in his or her work and is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of film and video.

Major funding to renovate the Egyptian has come from the Community Redevelopment Agency, Los Angeles; Lloyd E. Rigler to name the 650 seat theatre; and Time/Warner to name the 83 seat screening room for Steven Spielberg. Major contributions have also come from Warner Bros.; Panavision; the William Morris Agency; Universal; the National Endowment for the Arts; James G. Robinson/Morgan Creek; and Jamie and Steve Tisch, as well as over one hundred donations to the Paving Stone Campaign. Donors to the Major Gifts, Paving Stone and Theatre Seat Campaigns will receive permanent recognition at the Theatre, while donations of all amounts will be recognized in a special Grand Re-Opening souvenir program book. For information about helping to fund the renovation of this important historical landmark, call Frances Kidd at 310.559.9334

Established in 1984, the American Cinematheque is a non-profit, viewer-supported film exhibition organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. The Cinematheque presents film and video programming which ranges from the classics and the world cinemas to the outer frontiers of the art form. Exhibition of rare works, special prints within our series, and fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work are a Cinematheque tradition that keep the avid film lover coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences.

The Egyptian is the first of many planned Hollywood revitalization projects, scheduled to open its doors for business. Full press kits and hard hat tours available upon request.

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