Wednesday, October 18, 2000

7:00 PM

Egyptian Theatre 78th Anniversary Celebration! Discover Bygone Hollywood Through The Locations Used In Buster Keaton Movies!

In celebration of the Egyptian's 78th birthday, we will be conducting in-depth, behind-the-scenes tours of the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For the total "Old Hollywood" experience, combine a tour and a screening of FOREVER HOLLYWOOD (11:00 AM on both days).

Tour tickets: $7 Adults; $5 under 12/over 65/Cinematheque Members.

Tour & Film Combo $10.

Advance reservations are recommended (fax: 323 461 9737). Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.







Egyptian Theatre 78th Anniversary – with Buster Keaton Silents!!

Help us celebrate the 78th Anniversary of the opening of the Egyptian Theatre on October 18th, 1922 with an evening of two of Buster Keaton’s finest comedies, hosted by noted silent film historian John Bengtson, author of the recent book Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through The Films Of Buster Keaton (on sale during the event). Take part in a visual treasure hunt exploring bygone Hollywood with Mr. Bengtson's slide presentation on the surviving locations of many of Keaton’s films, followed by two classic movies shot in and around Hollywood. Mr. Bengtson will show amaxing "then" and "now" photos of familiar LA locations that he researched by examing Keaton's films frame by frane in an act that can only be described as cinematic archeaology. Introduction by Leonard Maltin and comments by Loyal Lucas -- a friend of Buster Keaton!

COPS, 1922, 20 min., dir. Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline, in which Buster’s attempts to impress his girlfriend escalate into a manic police chase through L.A.; and SHERLOCK JR., 1924, 45 min., dir. Buster Keaton, a sublime comedy about reality and illusion, where projectionist Buster literally dreams himself into the detective movie he’s screening!

(There will be live musical accompaniment by Robert Israel to both films.)

An Anniversary reception sponsored by Beaulieu Wines will follow the screening!


Special Ticket Price: $10.00 General, $7.00 Members.

"A fine madness and a measure of genius are at work in the pages of "Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton" by John Bengtson (Santa Monica Press, $24.95, 232 pages). Out of raw materials extracted from silent movies and photographic archives, Bengston conjures up a vision of Southern California in its most charming and colorful era. ...A kind of scavenger hunt that invites us to search out relics and artifacts of old Hollywood.