Does this look Egyptian? Yes! The old Egyptian theatre is popular again in Hollywood.
Built in 1922 by Sid Grauman, the same person who built the Chinese theatre, this theatre was renovated by American Cinematheque. Hidden down the street from the more famous Chinese theatre, the Egyptian is known to mostly local film aficionados.
The 40.000-square-foot- theater complex has 618 seats, a 6.700-square-foot tiled courtyard and a 3.080-square-foot retail building. Inside the renovated theatre are new statues, sound systems, and seats. Exterior and interior walls contain various Egyptian hieroglyphics. I think the new walls in the big screen theatre are amazing. They move like flaps on airplanes.
Unlike the Chinese theatre, the Egyptian is home to various Film Festivals, documentaries, and independent movies. There are no current or popular movies here. I enjoy independent, documentary, and foreign films exhibited in such a historic and beautiful landmark of Los Angeles. Hollywood is still the place for film students to explore.
I prefer the independent films and organizations screenings at the Egyptian. My last film here was Jiro, Dreams of Sushi. I like having a Q&A session with the directors. Each of the theatre’s small screens had documentaries and independent films that I enjoyed.
Hope you get a taste of old 1920s Hollywood when you visit the Egyptian Theatre. There is a Historic Egyptian Tour on Saturdays at 10:30.
The theater was designated a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 584.
Sister theatre Aero in Santa Monica.