Date 12/3/98

MEDIA ALERT
THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS
THE GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE

WHO: The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre.

WHAT: The Grand Re-Opening and dedication of Grauman’s 1922 Egyptian Theatre
in Hollywood, the new home of the non-profit film and video exhibition
organization, the American Cinemathque. The opening is celebrated with a
75th anniversary vintage premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s silent classic THE
TEN COMMANDMENTS (1923, Paramount, 134 min.) presented with a live
performance of the World Premiere of the restored original orchestral score.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS premiered at the Egyptian exactly 75 years ago to the
day of this 75th anniversary celebration. At 7:00 pm the event will be
broadcast live on the Internet by ITV.net via the American Cinematheque’s
website http://www.americancinematheque.com or
http://www.egyptiantheatre.com

WHEN: Friday, December 4 1998
5:30 PM Scissor Lift available to take overhead shots of the theatre &
courtyard.
6:00 PM Press Check-in opens.
6:30 PM One-on-One interviews with Cinematheque officials and project
architects.
7:00 PM Arrivals begin. Camel, ancient Egyptians, Bedouin guard on the roof
of the theatre, “1920’s film stars” flank the courtyard.
7:30 PM Dedication. (mult box feed available) Speakers: Governor Elect of
California, Gray Davis; Council Member 13th District, Jackie Goldberg, Film
Critic Leonard Maltin; Film Critic Kevin Thomas; Council Member Zev
Yaroslavsky. (Cinematheque Officials) Co-Chairmen Peter Dekom & Mike
Medavoy; President Sigurjon “Joni” Sighvatsson.
7:55 PM Blessing of the theatre by Rabbi Denise Eger.
8:00 PM Press tours of the Courtyard grounds. Exhibition of artifacts from
the sets of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS from the “Lost City of DeMille” project.
10:35 PM Fashion Parade of Silent Film Stars (Vintage Fashion Show)
10:55 PM 1920’s Dance Revue
11:00 PM Charleston with Art Deco & His Society Orchestra

WHERE: The Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard) between Las Palmas
and McCadden Place.

WHO BENEFITS: This invitation only evening is for donors to the Egyptian
Theatre Capital Campaign. The Cinematheque continues to raise funds to cover
the cost of the $13 million historic renovation.

ATTENDING: Among others: Maria Conchita Alonso, Allison Anders, Alfonso
Arau, Paul Bartel, Billy Barty, Katherine Bigelow, Gabriel Casseus, John
Dahl, Joe Dante, Julie Delpy, Andre De Toth, Carl Franklin, Gina Gershon,
Katherine Helmond, Buck Henry, Charlton Heston, Arthur Hiller, Mario Kassar,
Martin Lawrence, Ann Magnuson, Leonard Maltin, Ray Manzerek, Paul Mazursky,
Gregory Nava, James G. Robinson, Harry Shearer, Vincent Sherman, Kevin
Spacey, John Singleton, American Cinematheque director Barbara Smith, Gloria
Stuart, George Takei, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Townsend.

PUBLIC SCREENINGS: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS with live orchestra will screen for
the public on Saturday, Dec. 5th at 7:30 pm; Sunday, Dec. 6th at 2:00 pm;
Monday, Dec. 7th at 8:00 pm; Tuesday, Dec. 8th at 8:00 pm. Ticket
information is available at 323.466.FILM, ext. 2.

EGYPTIAN THEATRE: Built by Sid Grauman with developer Charles E. Toberman in
1922, the Egyptian was the first major movie palace in the city of Hollywood
and home to the very first Hollywood movie premiere (ROBIN HOOD starring
Douglas Fairbanks opened the theatre on October 18, 1922). It became a mecca
for many lavish, star-studded premieres in the mid-1920’s and was a catalyst
for bringing the film industry to the city of Hollywood. The Egyptian
Theatre is the first of many planned Hollywood revitalization project to
open its doors for business. This stunning architectural landmark brings
the legacy of grand movie palaces into the new millenium, by utilizing
state-of-the-art technology at work within a historic shell.




AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE: Established in 1984, the American Cinematheque, is a
non-profit, viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization
dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all its forms. The
Cinematheque presents film and video programming which ranges from the
classics and world cinemas to the outer frontiers of the art form.
Exhibition of rare works, special prints within our series, etc. are a
Cinematheque tradition that keep the avid film lover coming back for
once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. We also treat our audiences to
fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the
work. The American Cinematheque has just completed renovation of the
historic 1922 Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard which is now the
organization’s permanent home. The American Cinematheque’s critically
acclaimed programming will resume five days a week beginning February, 3,
1998.
Cinematheque is pronounced "Cinema-tech" like discotheque not "Cinema-teek."

PRESS KITS/PHOTOGRAPHS/VIDEO CLIPS: Available upon request from the studios
of our photographers: Current photos of the theatre. Vintage photos of the
Egyptian (black & white prints only). The Gala and Arrivals. Photos of
American Cinematheque officials. If you would like to schedule for your own
photographer to come in and shoot, please call to schedule. Video clips of
the event will be available on 12/5. B-roll of construction is available in
limited supply. Clips from THE TEN COMMANDMENTS available from Paramount
Home Video Dept. Specify 1923 version. Contact: Margot Gerber at
323/466-3456, ext. 115 for details. You are encouraged to access full press
kits on the Cinematheque’s website which can be accessed at either
http://www.americancinematheque.com or http://www.egyptiantheatre.com

INTERVIEWS: To schedule in depth interviews with Craig Hodgetts (Project
Architect); Peyton Hall (Preservation Architect), Barbara Smith (Director of
the Cinematheque), please contact Margot Gerber at 323/466.3456, ext. 115.

PARTY COVERAGE: Press are welcome to COVER the party portion of the evening.
There will be press check-in beginning at 10:00 pm for those coming for the
10:30 pm party. ALL print journalists, still photographers, broadcast media,
etc. will be assigned to a press escort who will take them around the party
and assist them in getting interviews, photos, etc. We regret that we cannot
accommodate press who are not actually reporting on the event. Due to space
restrictions we cannot accommodate guests of journalists who are COVERING
the party.

PRESS SCREENING: Press are welcome to attend (with one guest), the Thursday,
December 3rd press screening at the Egyptian Theatre. The film will be
presented with live orchestra exactly as it will on the 4th. You can RSVP
for yourself and a guest to 323.466.3456, ext. 114 by 5:00 pm on December
3rd. There may be some seats available on other nights (with the exception
of the 4th). Please call ext. 114 and specify Dec. 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th. We
will call you back to confirm.

PARKING: Parking is available for $6 in area lots on Las Palmas north and
south of Hollywood Boulevard, on McCadden place south of Hollywood Boulevard
and on Cherokee (1st two hours free) just north of Hollywood Boulevard. We
do not have validation.

WE WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU TO MENTION THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE IN
CONNECTION WITH YOUR COVERAGE OF THE EVENT. BY PROVIDING US WITH COPIES OF
YOUR COVERAGE, YOU WILL INSURE YOUR CREDENTIALS FOR FUTURE EVENTS! Mail to
us at: 1800 N.Highland Avenue, Suite 717, LA, CA 90028

RECIEPT OF THIS FAX INDICATES THAT YOU HAVE CLEARANCE TO COVER THE
FOLLOWING REQUESTED PORTIONS OF THE EVENING


ARRIVALS


PARTY

Please fill out the attached form if you need clips and/or photos after the
event and return via fax. If you are interested in specific interview
requests, using the scissors lift, etc. please fax this page back with
details of what you need. Due to the overwhelming quantity of incoming
calls, we urge you to read the following fax carefully for information.

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE
AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE
GRAND OPENING
December 4, 1998

Tip Sheet
(as of 12/2/98)

Maria Conchita Alonso (MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON)
Allison Anders (dir. GAS FOOD LODGING, GRACE OF MY HEART)
Alfonso Arau (dir. LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE)
Paul Bartel (dir. EATING RAOUL)
Kathryn Bigelow (dir. STRANGE DAYS)
Gabriel Casseus (GET ON THE BUS)
George Cosmatos (dir. TOMBSTONE)
Alfonso Cuaron (dir. A LITTLE PRINCESS)
Ames Cushing
John Dahl (dir. THE LAST SEDUCTION)
Joe Dante (dir. GREMLINS, SMALL SOLDIERS)
Gray Davis (California Governor-Elect)
Peter J. Dekom (American Cinematheque Co-Chairman)
Julie Delpy (BEFORE SUNRISE)
Louis DeMille
Andre De Toth (dir. HOUSE OF WAX)
Roger Donaldson (dir. DANTE'S PEAK)
John Dykstra (visual efx, BATMAN & ROBIN)
Rabbi Denise Eger
Ernest Fleischman
Gina Gershon (THIS WORLD, THEN THE FIREWORKS)
Jackie Goldberg Councilwoman
Dan Halsted
Monte Hellman (dir. TWO LANE BLACKTOP)
Katherine Helmond (WHO'S THE BOSS?)
Buck Henry (dir. HEAVEN CAN WAIT)
Howard Hesseman (WKRP IN CINNCINATI)
Charlton Heston (THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, 1956)
George Hickenlooper (co dir. HEARTS OF DARKNESS)
Gale Anne Hurd
Jack Hill (dir. FOXY BROWN)
Mario Kassar
Brad Krevoy
Andre Konchalovsky (dir. RUNAWAY TRAIN)
Richard Koshalek MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Carl Franklin (dir. ONE TRUE THING)
Courtney Love (THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT)
Ann Magnuson
Ray Manzerek (THE DOORS)
Paul Mazursky (dir. SCENES FROM A MALL)
Mike Medavoy (American Cinematheque Co-Chairman)
Julian McMahon ("Profiler")
Pat "Terrence" Moore Child Actor in 1923 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Gregory Nava (dir. MI FAMILIA)
Doug McHenry
Edward Norton (AMERICAN HISTORY X)
James G. Robinson (AC Capital Campaign Chairman; Morgan Creek)
Geoffrey Rush (SHINE)
Alvin Sargent
Harry Shearer (LE SHOW)
Vincent Sherman (dir. THE HARD WAY)
Joni Sighvatsson (American Cinematheque President)
John Singleton (dir. ROSEWOOD)
Kevin Spacey (HURLY BURLY)
Barbara Zicka Smith (American Cinematheque Exec. Director)
Gloria Stuart (TITANIC)
George Takei (STAR TREK)
Quentin Tarantino (dir. FOXY BROWN)
Robert Townsend (dir. FIVE HEARTBEATS)
Joel Wachs Council Member
Willem Wijnberger LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
Zev Yarolslovsky Council Member
Michael York (MERCHANTS OF VENUS, 54)

Schedule subject to change