The Egyp­tian Theatre

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Right on Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard, this his­toric cinema built in 1922 was the site of LA’s rst movie pre­miere — the Dou­glas Fair­banks epic, Robin

Hood. It later hosted pre­mieres of such clas­sics as Ben-Hur (in 1959) My Fair Lady and Funny Girl.

Ren­o­vated 20 years ago, the Egyp­tian is lav­ish in its scale and uses the an­cient Egyp­tian mo­tifs that were all the rage in the 1920s, from the court­yard en­trance to the or­nate in­te­ri­ors and the screen anked by models of the Sphinx. Th­ese days the cinema is busy show­cas­ing clas­sic lms, doc­u­men­taries, in­de­pen­dent lms and world cinema.

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