Monday, April 3, 2017


After 9 months of upgrades, renovations and restoration, the 1922 Egyptian Theatre is ready for its close-up. The American Cinematheque documented this process - from the artists who restored flaking murals to the electricians who re-wired the projection booth, to the carpet layers who installed the new custom-designed carpet. This legend of Hollywood history has been freshened up as it heads into its 95th anniversary on October 18, 2017! The work was funded by a grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). To find out what is onscreen, click here.

Sid Grauman's 1922 Egyptian Theatre underwent some restoration and renovation work in 2016-17, thanks to a grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). Original murals in the courtyard were restored by Silverlake Conservation. Property Developers Group Construction served as the general contractor. Sandra Costa Design Group and L'Esperance Design designed the carpet. The 616 seats were recovered in Alcantara Italian material. Marco Marraccini, RA Associate Principal/Abramson Teiger Architects designed the concession stand. 

The Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard is the home of the first Hollywood movie premiere, which was Robin Hood starring Douglas Fairbanks on October 18, 1922. The Egyptian Theatre was extensively restored and renovated in 1997-1998 by the non-profit American Cinematheque. The theatre re-opened after a $15 million dollar rehabilitation on December 4, 1998. It continues to operate as a movie theatre.