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Vintage Hollywood Movie Premiere Photos

Hollywood Movie Premiere Photos

First Movie Premiere

The quintessential symbol of Hollywood, movie premieres have been around since the dawn of the movies. The first red carpet movie premiere took place in 1922 at the Egyptian theater on Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. Founded by Sid Grauman, the event was not only celebrating the opening of the Egyptian Theater but also the release of Robin Hood starring Douglas Fairbanks. In 1927, Grauman opened the Chinese theatre down the street, this venue still being known as the home for red carpet events. During World War 2, premieres were suspended but came back in full force after 1945.

1935 Carthay Circle Theater

The largest collection of Hollywood movie premieres is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. There are hundreds of vintage Hollywood photos on the websites, including those of Hollywood hotels, restaurants, and the Hollywood sign.

Types of Movie Premieres

There are two types of movie premieres: General first-showing movie premieres and red carpet Hollywood premieres. Red carpet events in Hollywood are exclusively for the cast and crew of a film and are by invitation only. Friends and family of the crew attend as do select members of the press. Fans stand outside the theaters to get a glimpse of their favorite actors, but the fans are not allowed admittance. General movie premieres can be at any large theater. They are fan-oriented, and although celebrities may appear at the events, the fans and celebrities do not typically share the viewing experience.

1937 Myrna Loy at premiere

The word "premiere" indicates the first performance or introduction of anything that is about to become public. Movie premieres are the first showings of movies that promise great success. All movies have first showings, of course. Yet, when the media talks about movie premieres, they are talking about promotional events, not merely the midnight showing at your local theater. Movie premieres usually require preregistration or, in some cases, invitations. The movies will be something that has been marketed for a while and will have significance to the viewers such as a base from a best-selling novel or a cast full of famous performers. Movie premieres can be exclusive showings for registered fans, or they can be showings that are preceded by an opening party. The most celebrated movie premieres are red carpet events. These include the movie's cast as part of the audience.

Chinese Theater premiere

Hollywood Premiere Theaters

Not much has changed since the time Hollywood studios were trying to outbid each other with lavish galas. Despite a brief stint in Westwood, most film premieres are still taking place for the most part in Hollywood – principally at the Chinese, Egyptian – as well as a few other towns such as New York.  In addition to the Chinese Theater and Egyptian Theater movie premieres took place at several Hollywood theater, including the El Capitan Theater, Warner Bros. Theater, Pantages Theater, Wiltern Theater, Carthay Circle Theater and Vogue Theater.

While it would take too long to mention all the memorable premieres that have been taking place throughout the years, certainly the 1927 premiere of “King of Kings”, at Grauman’s Chinese Theater’s grand opening.  Hundreds of Hollywood residents and movie fans flocked to the theater to watch the scores of celebrities exit their cars to attend the premiere of the film.   More movie premieres have been held at Grauman’s Chinese Theater than any other theater. Films such as “Shane”, “Morocco”, “The Sullivans”, “Star Wars” are just a few of the premieres held at the famous theater.

Premiere of Shane

Grauman's Chinese Theater Premiere

One of the most popular features of movie premieres is the arrival of movie stars who step out of their limosines and enter the theater. When Grauman's Chinese Theater had its grand opening, in May 1927, it hosted the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's film, "King of King". Many of the film's stars, including Ernest Torrence and his family, attended the premiere. One of the premiere's photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

For the past twenty-five years, movie premieres have fallen out of favor with the movie going public and the movie studios.

Please visit hollywoodphotographs.com website to see the largest collection of movie premieres photos. 

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