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Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Wed, Dec 4, 2013

Lasky-DeMille Centennial
Live Musical Accompaniment! 15th Anniversary of the Reopening of the Egyptian!
Co-presented by the American Cinematheque and Hollywood Heritage with the support of the DeMille Foundation to celebrate the Centennial of the partnership of Jesse Lasky and Cecil B. DeMille, the 15th anniversary of the grand re-opening of the Egyptian Theatre and the 90th Anniversary of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

The American Cinematheque re-opened Grauman's Egyptian Theatre on December 4, 1998 following an intensive 24-month restoration, rehabilitation, renovation and adaptive re-use of the legendary theatre where the first Hollywood movie premiere was held in 1922. The paint was still wet and the plaque acknowledging the Egyptian's status as a National Historic Cultural Monument was freshly minted as the audience flooded into the courtyard to experience THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, accompanied by a live orchestra, just as Sid Grauman's guests did 75 years-to-the-day, earlier. Charlton Heston, Billy Barty, a live camel and a glittering vintage 1920s fashion parade were in the mix the night movies rolled once again on the Egyptian's giant screen. Now, fifteen years and thousands of movies later, we are pleased to once again celebrate Cecil B. DeMille's 1923 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS at the Egyptian Theatre, where it premiered 90 years ago!

Join us in the lobby at 6:30 PM for a cake and wine reception for all ticket buyers.

Feature presented with live musical accompaniment by a string-and-horn ensemble led by Cliff Retallick, whose brand-new score will transport you back to biblical Egypt and the roaring ’20s!
90th Anniversary!

1923, Paramount, 136 min, USA, Dir: Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil B. DeMille produced and directed this epic silent film, told in two parts, starring Estelle Taylor, Theodore Roberts, Charles de Roche, Richard Dix and Leatrice Joy. The first part (shot in two-color Technicolor) tells the biblical tale, adapted from the Book of Exodus, of the prophet Moses leading the Children of Israel from bondage under the Egyptian Pharaohs into the Promised Land. Things go awry, however, when Moses goes to Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God and the Israelites renounce their faith to worship the Golden Calf. The second part (shot in black-and-white) reflects the efficacy of the Ten Commandments in people’s everyday lives through a modern-day parable involving two brothers - one a saint, the other a sinner - in love with the same girl. Architecture and the evils of shoddy construction practices figure in as well as some jaunty 1920s dialog and fashions. Remade by DeMille in 1956 with Charlton Heston as Moses.

Screening format: 35mm | American Cinematheque members can RSVP to 323-461-2020, ext. 488, by Dec. 2 for free admission. Regular pricing for non-Members.
Egyptian Theatre • Wed, Dec 4, 2013 • 7:30pm

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Sat, Dec 14, 2013 - 2:30pm
Egyptian Theatre