Readers’ Choice: More of the Best Movie Theaters in America

The Egyptian, Hollywood, CA

“Though I go to the New Beverly from time to time, the theater is ugly. Tiny marquee, postage-stamp lobby with no personality, and a bland theater. The Egyptian in Hollywood would be a much better choice – 89 years old, architecturally interesting with a great history, and repertory/classics screening five nights a week.” – Elizabeth
“The programming at LA’s Egyptian Theatre may be the best in the Country. The Egyptian opened in 1922, the oldest theater on Hollywood Boulevard. The theater is the home of the American Cinematheque which programs a 5 night per week (every f’ing week of the year!!) selection of cinema gold, a mix of beloved classics and cutting edge indies.” – Kent Schuelke

Originally named Grauman’s Egyptian (and built, like Grauman’s Chinese, by showman Sid Grauman), this 1922 classic hosted the very first Hollywood premiere, of Douglas Fairbanks’s Robin Hood. The gorgeous venue fell out of favor and into disrepair, of course, in the 1980s and 1990s, but the city of Los Angeles sold it to the American Cinematheque in 1996 for one American dollar — so long as the organization restored it and reopened it as a movie theater. Two years and over $12 million later, they did just that. It now operates as a two-screen venue (with one large, 616-seat auditorium, and a smaller 77-seater) mixing new indies, foreign films, and classics in single, double, and even triple features (this weekend: all three Evil Dead movies — who’s putting me up in LA?), often introduced by filmmakers and historians.