FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: June 18, 1998

Contact: Margot Gerber

Tel: (213) 466-3456, ext. 115

 

AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE EGYPTIAN THEATRE PAVING STONE CAMPAIGN

KICKS OFF WITH MAJOR INDUSTRY DONATIONS

 

PLANS FOR "CITY RESTAURANT" AT THE EGYPTIAN UNVEILED

 

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque is close to achieving half of it’s fundraising goal for the construction and renovation of the historic 1922 Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. An additional $4 million is needed to complete construction as well as $5 million for an endowment fund, announced Capital Campaign Chairmen James G. Robinson (Chairman and CEO of the five Morgan Creek companies) and Steve Tisch (Academy Award winning producer of FORREST GUMP and executive producer of the upcoming AMERICAN HISTORY X). Cinematheque Co-Chairmen of the Board Peter Dekom and Mike Medavoy announced that in early 1999, Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of Border Grill, will open the restaurant that will be part of the Egyptian Theatre complex. The menu will be reminiscent of their award-winning, former restaurant, CITY.

Major Gifts to the project include: a $500,000 donation from Panavision for a glass panel that will border the lobby and a $100,000 from Jamie and Steve Tisch for the concession stand. The William Morris Agency kicked off the "Paving Stone Campaign" with the purchase of nearly an entire row of stones, to commemorate their 100th anniversary. Other Major Gifts to the "Paving Stone Campaign" include stones in the names of: Mike and Brian Medavoy; Norman Pattiz; Elisabeth Pollon; Roz and Peter Bonerz; Sandra Krause, the Strauss Foundation; Sydney Pollack; James G. Robinson; Sigurjon "Joni" Sighvatsson; and John Travolta. Additional gifts have been received from Michael Douglas for Diana Douglas; Sean Connery; Caroline and Sanford Paris; and Bette L. Smith. For information about donating to the Capital Campaign please call Debra Molnar at 818.222.1506.

Established in 1984, the American Cinematheque is a non-profit, viewer-supported film exhibition organization dedicated to preserving the experience of seeing films on the big screen. The Cinematheque presents weekly film and video programming which ranges from the classics of world cinemas to new international and American independent cinema and everything in between. "At the, Egyptian programming will increase to five days a week, year-round to bring Los Angeles audiences as well as visitors to our city, the best selection of rare works, special prints, and opportunities to meet filmmakers in-person," states Siguron "Joni" Sighvatsson, Cinematheque Board President.

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