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Date: October 1, 2006
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel: (323) 461-2020, ext. 115

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS AN 84th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE

PLUS BEHIND-THE-SCENES HISTORIC TOURS OF THE LEGENDARY 1922 GRAUMAN’S EGYPTIAN THEATRE

October 18, 2006

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque celebrates the 84th Anniversary of the Egyptian Theatre on Wednesday, October 18th with a 70th Anniversary screening of the Al Jolson starrer, THE SINGING KID (1936, Warner Bros., 85 min.) with actresses Sybil Jason and Beverly Roberts In Person. Following the screening Richard "Mr. Tin Pan Alley" Halpern will host a discussion with the two actresses who worked with Jolson in the film. Prior to the film birthday cake will be served in the lobby starting at 6:30 PM. The screening is a lead up to the American Cinematheque’s planned Al Jolson Weekend in 2007, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the first "talkie," THE JAZZ SINGER. All events are at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic 1922 Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood. All guests are subject to availability.

The non-profit American Cinematheque owns and operates the Egyptian Theatre where it showcases year-round film festival type programming. The Cinematheque oversaw a $15 million renovation of the theatre which was completed in December 1998. The theatre was Sid Grauman’s first movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard (five years prior to the Chinese). It was the home of the first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922 when it opened with ROBIN HOOD starring Douglas Fairbanks on October 18, 1922. The Cinematheque launched a capital campaign to raise funds for the on-going restoration of the Egyptian Theatre in September 2006. The first project is to repair the roof and the subsequent water damage the building, caused by the past few years of heavy rains. The first contribution came from developer Laing Urban and autographed movie posters sold at a reception hosted by Laing Urban.

In honor of the theatre’s birthday, behind-the-scenes tours of the Egyptian Theatre will be held to share its rich history with the public. Tours will include a special slide show portion, depicting historic photos of the theatre and the Hollywood area. Docent led tours of Grauman’s first movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard (he later became involved with the Chinese) will be held Saturday, October 21 & Sunday, October 22 from 10:30 AM – 11:40 AM, followed by FOREVER HOLLYWOOD, a 55 minute film about the history of Hollywood made exclusively to show at the Egyptian. FOREVER HOLLYWOOD celebrates a century of movie-making, as related by some of today’s most popular actors and filmmakers. Featuring over 400 movie and archival clips (including footage from the famous Hollywood Hotel (where Hollywood & Highland stands today) & the Hollywood Canteen) -- plus celebrity interviews shot exclusively for the film. A complete list of celebrity interviews is at www.egyptiantheatre.com. Narrated by Sharon Stone. From the Award-winning Directors (Todd McCarthy & Arnold Glassman) of VISIONS OF LIGHT: THE ART OF CINEMATOGRAPHY. The film screens monthly on select weekends when tours are held. Details on the Cinematheque website. Tickets: $5. Tour & Movie: $10. Call 323.461.2020, ext. 3 for schedule changes.

Hollywood History comes alive with our docent tours of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Sid Grauman stage show with a visit to the old dressing rooms and singers' boxes featuring our new display of original-to-the-theatre Egyptian themed furniture! Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth, discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history -- and more! Tours are approximately one hour long. Group tours can also be arranged at other times (Call 323.461.2020, ext. 121 for details).

 

Wednesday, October 18 – 8:00 PM - Egyptian Theatre 84th Anniversary!

 

The Wednesday, October 18th program is an 8:00 PM screening of THE SINGING KID (1936, Warner Bros., 85 min.) preceded by a birthday cake reception in the lobby of the Egyptian Theatre beginning at 6:30 PM. Directed by William Keighley, this is Al Jolson’s last big film where he received first billing. In this satire of Jolson’s fade from the top of show business ranks, Jolson plays Al Jackson, a radio singing star who has been jilted by his girlfriend and is sent to the country to rest his weary voice. The film also boasts the appearance of the magnetic Cab Calloway Orchestra, and their trademark scat style of swing. Fans of swing music will be in seventh heaven. Rounding out the main leads (newcomer Beverly Roberts is his co-star) were two favorites of 1930’s movie audiences, Edward Everett Horton and Allen Jenkins, as comic sidekicks and employees of Jackson. Child star, Sybil Jason (Warner Bros. answer to Shirley Temple) also stars as Roberts’ niece. One of the most memorable scenes is an on site location shot at Franklin Canyon Lake. Al and Sybil enjoy a fishing outing at the lake’s pier and sing the charming song, "You’re The Cure For What Ails Me." The song was recorded with an on-site piano at the pier, to keep the actors in pitch to record. A full orchestra was added later. It is a most charming scene, and well illustrates the genuine camaraderie between Al and Sybil. They would remain friends to the end of Al’s life in 1950. Discussion following with actresses Sybil Jason and Beverly Roberts moderated by Richard "Mr. Tin Pan Alley" Halpern. A birthday reception for The Egyptian Theatre at 6:30 PM will precede the screening.

 

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COLOR OR BLACK & WHITE STILLS OF THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST BY E-MAIL. PLEASE SEND YOUR REQUEST TO publicity@americancinematheque.com

 

WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS.

 

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THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

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