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Pictures of Grauman’s Egyptian Theater

Pictures of Grauman’s Egyptian Theater

Over the course of the past eighty five years, there have been thousands of pictures taken of Grauman’s Egyptian Theater.  One of the largest collections is on the hollywoodphotographs.com web site.

By the early Twenties, enormous, ornate theaters, known as “movie Palaces” had been built in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Before the movie palaces came into existence, the theater grew from simple storefronts, with seats, a screen and a projector.  As movies caught on and became a new form of entertainment, businessmen began building theaters that were use for only that purpose. The first theater in Hollywood was the Idyl Hour Theater, which opened in late 1910 or early 1911, at 6526 Hollywood Blvd.  About two years later, the second theater opened and was known as the Hollywood Theater.  It prospered until 1980, at which time it was the oldest theater in Hollywood.  Today it is the Guinness World Record Museum.

Over the course of eight years (1922-1930) Hollywood was to have five movie palaces built. Each was both larger and more ornate than the previous.The first of Hollywood’s movie palaces was Grauman’s Egyptian Theater which had its grand opening on October 19, 1922 with the premiere of “Robin Hood”, staring Douglas Fairbanks.  Built for Sid Grauman by Charles Toberman, the Egyptian architectural style was designed by Meyer and Holler.  The result was a theater with a seating capacity of 1,770 and a magnificent ediface, resembling an Egyptian Temple.

Many movie premieres were held at Gruman’s  Chinese Theater, including Don Juan in 1926, Sparrows starring Mary Pickford in 1926, Showboat in 1951, and Thief of Bagdad.

Pictures and photos of all these premieres and of the theater can be viewed by visiting the hollywoodphotographs.com web site.

 

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