The Egyptian Theatre

Pavement outside Grauman's Chinese theatre

The Egyptian Theatre is one of the most historic buildings in Hollywood. Sid Grauman, who owned many movie palaces in Los Angeles, built it in 1922. The Egyptian Theatre was inspired by the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb in that very same year. It had an open courtyard out front to draw in passers-by off the sidewalk.

This forecourt featured massive, four-foot wide Egyptian-style columns, hieroglyphics, murals, and a tiled fountain; large pots filled with exotic plants, and even a 12-foot figure of a dog-headed Egyptian god guarding the entrance.

The forecourts were used to gather the press and fans during gala movie premières. The Egyptian's grand opening was also the occasion for Hollywood's first movie première in October of 1922. The movie was Robin Hood with Douglas Fairbanks. The première was with bright lights, movie stars and a red carpet. It has inspired many movie première thereafter. It is a Hollywood tradition that continues to this very day.

The auditorium seated 1,760 people. The last movie première to be held at the theatre was Funny Girl with Barbara Streisand in 1968. After earthquake damage in 1992, the Egyptian closed its doors. However, in 1998 the Egyptian was reopened. It has been restored to the way it looked back when it first opened in 1922. It cost more than 14 million dollars.

Now look at the question below and click on the answer you think is right.

What inspired Sid Grauman to build the Egyptian Theatre?