August 26, 1999

KIRK DOUGLAS RECEIVES STANDING OVATION AT AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE SCREENING OF

"THE VIKINGS"

Hollywood – When Kirk Douglas entered the courtyard of Hollywood Boulevard’s historic 1922 Egyptian Theatre to introduce an August 25th revival screening of THE VIKINGS (1958), signing autographs as he walked briskly towards the theatre, the magic of the golden days of Hollywood swept through the air.

Inside, Douglas received a standing ovation from a packed house of over 600 movie lovers who turned out to see director Richard Fleischer’s historic epic on the big screen.

Douglas announced, "Since my stroke I don’t give long speeches," but went on to entertain the audience with anecdotes about the bawdy, action-packed epic he produced and starred in with Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh and Ernest Borgnine.

Following the screening, Janet Leigh joined Richard Fleischer to reminisce about making THE VIKINGS on location in Norway. The screening was part of a two week tribute to director Richard Fleischer who made such classics as DR. DOLITTLE, 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and FANTASTIC VOYAGE. Charlton Heston and Tony Curtis also appeared during the series to discuss their work with Flesischer.

Hollywood Boulevard has not been a key place for movie star sightings in many years, but with the recent re-opening of the Egyptian, (which hasn’t been a major premiere house since MGM used it in the 1950’s), the public cannot only see stars, they can see their movies and hear them talk about them. "This is what the Cinematheque is all about," says Barbara Smith, American Cinematheque Director. "A place for the public to fully experience the movies, past and present. Beginning this holiday season, visitors to Los Angeles and residents will have a daily opportunity to see the Cinematheque and Kodak produced documentary "FOREVER HOLLYWOOD" (directed by Variety Critic Todd McCarty) which features some of today’s biggest talking about the history of the movies. Sharon Stone narrates. For further information please call Margot Gerber 323 461.2020, ext. 115. Photos of Kirk Douglas, Janet Leigh and Richard Flesicher are available upon

request.

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