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Capitol Records building in Hollywood. (Bettmann / Corbis)

Hollywood's Historic Buildings

Theaters and other architectural gems lined Hollywood's famous boulevards during its Golden Age and now hold restored star appeal

Egyptian Theatre

Egyptian Theatre
(Los Angeles Public Library)
6712 Hollywood Boulevard

Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks joined hundreds of fans in the Egyptian’s sandstone-colored courtyard to celebrate the theater’s 1922 debut and Hollywood’s first motion picture premiere, for the silent film Robin Hood. With thick hieroglyphic-covered columns, a ceiling sunburst, and a pair of sphinx figures guarding the auditorium’s orchestral pit, the venue ushered in a Hollywood wave of exotic-themed architecture. Over time it lost several original elements, including the 150-foot-deep courtyard and a stage where impresario Sid Grauman presented live prologues, and by the 1980s it was in full decline. The theatre reopened in 1998 as a showcase for revival and specialty films, resulting in one of Hollywood’s most successful adaptive reuse projects. The courtyard was restored with palm trees and towering pharaoh heads.

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