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Dance floor and band stage sponsored by the Art Deco Society Los Angeles. Beverages sponsored by Frey Vineyards, Hubert's Lemonade, Hansen's, Chivas Regal, St. George Spirits, The Six Shooter Company, and Anheuser-Busch (Stella Artois, Leffe, and Hoegaarden).
The Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard has been rolling films on the big screen since 1922 when the movies didn’t yet talk and Howard C. Carter was still hot on the trail of King Tut’s tomb in Egypt. A theater owner named Sid Grauman was tapped by developer Charles E. Toberman to open a grand movie palace on Prospect Avenue (now Hollywood Boulevard) in an area of the city not yet particularly known for night life. The theatre opened to great fanfare on October 18, 1922 with silent film era royalty Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin in attendance - and the rest is legend.
Please join the American Cinematheque in honoring the legacy of the Egyptian Theatre, the home of the first Hollywood movie premiere!
6:30PM: FILM PROGRAM
To start off the evening, have a seat in our main auditorium for a compilation of short films! Between shorts, there will be a few live entertainment acts, including Will Ryan on the one and ONLY genuine Humidophonic Stradivarius Ukulele known to exist and professional magician Mark Paskell! The following films will screen (screening order to be determined):
"The Ince Studio Tour 1920 - 1922" (1922, 20 min). A tour of the Thomas H. Ince Studios, the 14-acre lot on Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles.
"Cops" (1922, 22 min). Through a series of misunderstandings, Buster Keaton winds up with a man’s wallet, a family’s furniture, an anarchist’s bomb and an army of cops chasing after him.
"A Trip To Paramountown" (1922, 20 min.) Through the magic of the camera lens, we visit one of Hollywood's most famous studios and meet its stars.
"Mud and Sand" (1922, 29 min ). Stan Laurel stars as matador Rhubarb Vaselino, who must go head-to-horns with the deadliest bull in Spain.
"Magic Mummy" (1933, 7 min). Police officers Tom and Jerry (not the famous cat and mouse duo) are in hot pursuit of a mummy thief.
"Egyptian Theatre THE IRON HORSE Footage" (1925, 6 min.) See some amazing silent footage of the Egyptian Theatre in 1925. Theatre impresario Sid Grauman performs a publicity stunt for the film THE IRON HORSE by running a Southern Pacific locomotive down Hollywood Boulevard with cowboys and indians aboard!
After the shorts program, join us for an evening of 1922-style entertainment including dancing to premier vintage orchestra Dean Mora’s Modern Rhythmnists, make your own Hollywood Screen Test, 1920s libations, a buffet fit for King Tut, gaming in our speakeasy gambling den, docent-led tours of the Egyptian's private spaces, Mystics, a 1920s fashion parade, Paper Moon Vintage Photos and more exotic entertainment than you can fathom - including performances by Princess Farhana and DeVilla who will provide a vintage-style floor show, recreating the glamour of Old Hollywood and the "orientalist" fantasies of silent films, the Victory Variety Hour burlesque troupe who will perform "Egyptian Epic," and close-up magic from professional magician Mark Paskell!
Musso & Frank, The Varnish and Sadie will create special vintage-inspired cocktails for the evening. Bars will open at 8PM.
There will be drawings throughout the night for many fabulous prizes, including dinners at premier Hollywood restaurants, tickets to stage shows, and much more! All guests can enter drawings, and those who win big at the casino tables can cash in their chips for extra drawing tickets.
It's a costume party! Come as your favorite Hollywood icon of the 1920s, an Egyptian fresh off the set of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS or an early 20th century explorer of Egypt! Visit our list of costume resources to find out where you can get special discounts on costume rentals when you mention the Egyptian Theatre 90th Anniversary.
Dressing 1920s for Ladies: The Way We Wore has some beautiful photos of actual 1920s clothing. Since 1920s silhouettes have been revived in fashion by many labels in the recent past, after you take a look at these photos you might realize that you have something in your closet that has a 1920s flair to it! Add a long beaded necklace, t-strap shoes and some red lipstick and you'll be all set to Charleston the night away on the dance floor! Or, if you want the dress from THE ARTIST, shop Le Luxe. The Art Deco Society cautions that all over fringe and feather boas are not actual 20s looks. Check their links for clothing resources.
Dressing for Gentlemen: Men's evening attire hasn't changed all that much in 90 years! If you want to dress in evening attire (tuxedo) check out The Black Tie Guide for pictures of formal menswear of the 1920s. And remember, you can always come in pith helmet and khakis (a la Howard Carter, discoverer of King Tut's tomb) as an Egyptian Explorer or as an Egyptian or even a Mummy!