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The Egyptian Theatre is currently undergoing a much-needed renovation and seismic retrofit by Netflix, in partnership with the American Cinematheque, as part of a ‘rewind rehab’, which will restore the movie palace to its original 1922 grandeur.
The Egyptian Theatre is a classic and beloved movie palace originally built in 1922 during the silent film era. A fixture in Hollywood’s Golden Age, the Egyptian was the site of the world’s very first movie premiere of ROBIN HOOD starring Douglas Fairbanks and remains to this day as the ultimate destination for moviegoers. This historic venue has been the home of glamorous red carpet premieres, groundbreaking film festivals and incredible cinematic experiences over the near-century it has been presenting films for audiences in Hollywood, the movie-making capital of the world.
In 1994 the catastrophic Northridge Earthquake badly damaged the Egyptian and the theatre fell into disrepair, unsuitable for use. In 1996, as part of the Hollywood Revitalization project, the city sold the theatre to the American Cinematheque with the stipulation that the organization would raise the extensive funds to restore the movie theatre and showcase the organization’s public film programming.
The American Cinematheque re-opened the doors of the Egyptian Theatre in 1998 with Cecil B. DeMille’s THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. Since then, the American Cinematheque has produced thousands of film events in the Egyptian Theatre with state-of-the-art presentation, including in-person tributes and conversations, film retrospectives, dazzling movie premieres, advanced screenings, and notable film festivals including Beyond Fest and Noir City: Hollywood.
In 2020, Netflix acquired the landmark Egyptian Theatre from the American Cinematheque; the movie palace will undergo a much-needed renovation in 2021 which will return it to its original 1922 grandeur. Once the renovations are complete, the AC, a non-profit cultural arts organization, will program the theatre on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays under a long-term agreement with Netflix, which will program Monday-Thursdays.
The Egyptian will continue to be the Hollywood home of the American Cinematheque.
6712 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028
– 35mm (including nitrate film)
Nitrate film projection at the Egyptian Theatre is made possible through the support of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Turner Classic Movies, and The Film Foundation in partnership with the American Cinematheque and the Academy Film Archive. The Egyptian Theatre is currently one of only five theatres in the United States that can project rare nitrate film.
The Egyptian does not validate for any parking lots, nor does it have its own parking lot. Parking meters are available throughout the area. Please read signs carefully – all meters are strictly enforced. There are several area parking lots. Prices, validation duration, and other parking restrictions are subject to change at any time without the knowledge of the American Cinematheque.
Pay-to-Park options in the area include
Classic Parking Lots:
1609 N Las Palmas Ave. and/or 1634 N Las Palmas Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Hollywood & Highland Parking Structure:
Visit the Hollywood & Highland website for current information
Metro provides Bus and Rail transportation to the Egyptian Theatre. The Metro Red Line Hollywood/Highland Station is 0.2 miles distance from the Egyptian Theatre. For your best route or more info, visit the Metro Trip Planner or call (323) Go Metro or (323)466-3876.
The Egyptian Theatre is ADA accessible; we offer wheelchair seating with seats for both companions using wheelchairs and companions not using wheelchairs. The most convenient location for entrance for a guest who may have limited mobility is on Hollywood Blvd at the theatre’s main entrance located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Restrooms at the Egyptian are wheelchair accessible.
Hearing Assist Headsets
For ADA compliance, the Egyptian Theatre, both the Rigler and the Spielberg auditoriums are equipped with ALS / Hearing Assist headsets for all analog Film / Digital / Live P.A. presentations. The headsets amplify the volume of the soundtrack and/or live P.A. feed.
For DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages) that are equipped with Audio Descriptive and Closed Captioning tracks, we meet requirements for DCI Compliance with Audio Descriptive Channel and Cup Holder Mounted Closed Captioning Receivers. For Audio Descriptive Channel, headsets provide a separate track that describes the movie, in addition to the actual soundtrack. For Closed Captioning, a cup holder-mounted device displays the CC track. (Audio Descriptive and Closed Captioning are not available for analog Films screenings.)
Audience members can request this equipment (either headsets and/or Closed Captioning devices) at the box office, and the manager on duty will assist them and provide instructions on the equipment’s use.
With any other questions about Accessibility, please contact [email protected].
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