Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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RogerA on November 24, 2021 at 11:42 am

If a theater agreed to run a film for a certain length of time that theater was committed. Star Wars was booked for only a few weeks at the Chinese and because of a previous booking of another film it was moved to another theater so that another film could play the Chinese. Once the run of that film was done Star Wars was put back at the Chinese for a long run. The theater did not accept any more bookings until Star Wars was played out. For Cinerama theaters there might not have been any product to put in theaters like the Warner. But if the theater agreed to run a film for a certain length of time they did even if was at a loss.

Ben Sack a theater owner in Boston booked a turkey. When he couldn’t get out of running it he let people in for free and started a long running feud with the producer.

kinospoter on November 22, 2021 at 5:14 pm

Hello bigjoe59 !

Maybe it was a good buisness for the theatre, but to small for the producer.

bigjoe59 on October 28, 2021 at 2:05 pm


to MSC77- thanks for the info. just out of curiosity could a theater get out of a roadshow engagement if the film wasn’t doing well even if they signed a contract with a studio to show the film for however many weeks or months? the reason I ask is simple. I happen to like The Greatest Story Ever Told and saw it twice during its roadshow run “in Cinerama” at the Warner Theater in Manhattan. now after the box office tallies for 1965 were added up the TGSET was considered a financial loss for United Artists. to which my question- why in God’s name would the Warner have hosted a roadshow engagement of TGSET for 44 weeks if it wasn’t making $$$?

MSC77 on October 26, 2021 at 7:28 pm

Bigjoe59: The Egyptian’s roadshow run of “Hawaii” played 52 weeks (10/12/66-10/9/67).

CTCrouch on October 25, 2021 at 8:37 pm

The Pig N Whistle, which occupied one of the Egyptian’s retail spaces, was recently remodeled into a Mr. Tempo Cantina. While the unit has seen remodels and tenant changes before, this latest incarnation of the Pig N Whistle had meticulously recreated the venue’s historic 1920’s look. Unfortunately, that history was unceremoniously cast off and replaced with a “hip” modern style for the cantina remodel.

The other retail units at the Egyptian (most recently occupied by a juice bar) remain vacant and boarded up.

bigjoe59 on July 29, 2021 at 3:45 pm


how long was Hawaii’s roadshow engagement at this

DavidZornig on May 25, 2021 at 7:12 am

May 25, 1979 “Alien” premiere photo among other on below website.

bigjoe59 on January 17, 2021 at 11:54 am


its interesting the ad for Marooned on pg. 1 of the photo section states the film is presented in the D-150 process. the late but great Rivoli Theater in Manhattan for the longest period of time had a small sign atop the main marquee stating it was a D-150 theater. but to the best of my knowledge never presented a film in the D-150 process.

DavidZornig on January 5, 2021 at 10:10 am

Update to an earlier story also in the link.

vindanpar on November 28, 2020 at 7:18 pm

On page 8 that is a very impressive screen. What years did that exist in the theater?

curmudgeon on November 10, 2020 at 5:26 am

Why on earth was the stunning and eye-catching facade facing Hollywood Blvd removed?

vindanpar on November 4, 2020 at 9:58 am

So Funny Girl(which was a Panavision film. 70mm blowup?)was shown on the 75ft screen or the 90ft? Or was the 90ft installed for Marooned?

terrywade on February 17, 2020 at 5:28 pm

The large UA Dimension 150 Curved Screen they put in around the time of ‘Funny Girl’ was one of the best curved screens in LA with curtains. The remodel was one of the worst things to ever happen to a Hollywood Blvd theatre. The flat no curtains screen is very small now and the seating not good. Maybe Netflix with all their money will take out the small tube type video cinema in the former rear seating area and rebuild the inside like It was with a giant curved screen for all film and DCP formats. Put in a nice neon marquee to let people walking on Hollywood Blvd know what is going on inside. Replace the two courtyard fountains and bring them back from the dead. Repaint the front and fix all the water leaks. Netflix needs to show classic movies and 70mm prints along with their new Internet things. The tourists will come and visit again. At least they did not tear the place down but almost in the condition It is in today in 2020!

rivest266 on September 7, 2019 at 10:47 am

Grand opening ad posted. Egyptian II & III opened on July 19th, 1972.

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Life's Too Short on April 16, 2019 at 5:08 pm

The story I heard today is that movies have to play in a theater in L.A. for at least seven days to be considered by the Academy. Netflix apparently, at least in part, wants the Egyptian so it’s original content can be considered.

academy133 on April 16, 2019 at 4:04 pm

This is interesting – particularly b/c the smaller screening venue inside the Egyptian is called the “Spielberg Theatre” —

HowardBHaas on April 9, 2019 at 7:09 pm

To explain the above comment! there’s articles today stating Netflix may acquire the theater, but all can relax- both Netflix and the existing nonprofit would operate the theater.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 9, 2019 at 6:40 pm

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?


DavidZornig on October 18, 2018 at 8:32 pm

Thank you for the clarification.

MSC77 on October 18, 2018 at 6:19 pm

vindanpar and DavidZornig: The Egyptian did not host the world premiere of “The Poseidon Adventure.” The world premiere was held at the National in NY on December 12th (1972), which doubled as the National’s grand opening. It premiered in L.A. two days later.

DavidZornig on October 18, 2018 at 4:36 pm

Yes, and while confirming it I ran across this fascinating 2012 Poseidon Blue-Ray link.

vindanpar on October 18, 2018 at 4:18 pm

So Poseidon Adventure had its world premiere in LA and the NY premiere opened the National?

CStefanic on July 23, 2018 at 4:45 pm

Hello Alisonwriter. I am currently associated with the cinematheque, who owns the Egyptian Theatre. PM me about what it is you are interested in. I can probably help or assist you in finding the people you are looking for.

Coate on June 20, 2017 at 2:38 pm

moax429 and vindanpar: The original “Star Wars” first run was at the Chinese. The only time I’m aware of the original “Star Wars” playing the large, main screen of the Egyptian was during a one-time-only charity triple feature on March 28th, 1985. A brief re-release run in one of the Egyptian’s smaller auditoriums took place in August 1978 and September 1982.

The 1980 first run of “Empire” and 1983 first run of “Jedi” were at the Egyptian.

As many of you are no doubt aware, I’ve written extensively about the “Star Wars” release history. Here’s the link to my latest retrospective on the subject which includes mention of the Chinese run (two of them, actually) and a whole lot more.