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A 1935 photo from the superb Bruce Torrence Hollywood Historic Photographs collection, now owned by the McAvoy family. The caption reads: "Theatre manager and usher greet theatregoers at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre." The extensive collection offers 33 more views of the Egyptian Theatre if you'd care to go browsing.
Grauman, of course, was long gone from the premises by the time of the photo -- as was the deluxe two-a-day schedule with elaborate prologues before the features. Starting in 1927 it was run by Fox West Coast on a continuous performance policy. Note they had already walled in the formerly open standee area to make this a separate lobby.
The little balsawood airplanes on the string and the larger airplane hanging from the chandelier are advertising "West Point of the Air" (MGM) starring Wallace Beery and Robert Young. It was released March 23, 1935. The lobby display in the foreground is for Claudette Colbert in Gregory La Cava's "Private Worlds" (Paramount) which had a premiere March 9 and a general release April 19, 1935.
A lobby shot perhaps from the 40s looking across to house right. Note the snackbar at the lower left. The photographer is unknown.
The expanded lobby as seen in 1950. The photo was part of a Mohawk Carpet ad in the Boxoffice issue of September 2, 1950. "Carpet craftsmanship...from the looms of Mohawk -- Starring in Better Theatres Everywhere." The forecourt is out the doors at the far left, the new snackbar niche straight ahead.
A closer look at the 1950 snackbar at the Egyptian. It's a photo from Western Photo Co. in the collection of the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art.
The caption reads: "On the left hand side of the first lobby is where the candy bar - a step-daughter of every modern motion picture theatre - is located. Guided by the concept of human interpersonal activity outside of the auditorium proper, John Vassos enriched the appearance of the candy bar with a decorative scheme of endless wonderment. Its theme is that of a gay circus panorama of the trained animals, clowns, trapeze artists and all kinds of other specialty acts. Again the technique of free form is applied here, introducing a surprising new application of reflective color in the figures."
A 1950 lobby mural by John Vassos. The photo was with a Boxoffice magazine article in the March 4, 1950 issue: "Few Touches Necessary in Brightening The Famous Egyptian Theatre - Reconciling The Pharoahs To '50." The caption read: "Inside the lobby of the remodeled Egyptian Theatre is the world's largest theatre mural, measuring 20 x 24. Done in primary colors, it depicts the glory of ancient Egypt."
The original lobby area (to the right of the buff colored columns) from house left. The theatre exit to the forecourt is at the right, the snack bar was off to the left. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010
In the original lobby area looking from house right -- the forecourt is to the left. The restrooms are here at this end of the lobby, off to our left. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010
The house right end of the original lobby. That's the entrance to the ladies room at the left, the men's is the second archway. The original layout on this side of the lobby (moving toward the entrance) was ladies toilet room, ladies cosmetics room, nursery, coat check room. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014
Original metalwork in a ladies room window. Photo: Bill Counter - 2019
A detail of the stencil work at the rear of the seating area-- a space now part of the lobby. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014
Another ceiling detail with one of the soffit fixtures at the rear of what had been the seating area. See the auditorium page for some vintage views of this area. Photo: Bill Counter - 2014
Looking in toward the snack bar area. Here originally we would have been standing in the lobby and looking down the house left aisle. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010
Looking house right. The steps and ramps went down to the 78 seat Spielberg Theatre, built in space excavated from the rear of the original seating area. The last row of seats was originally just this side of the buff columns. Photo - Wayne Nabeta on Flickr - 2008
A closer look at those lobby artifacts. Thanks to Stephen Russo for his 2011 photo, originally appearing on the LAHTF Facebook page. The two animals were donated to Hollywood Heritage in 2019
On the ramp looking up from the Spielberg Theatre entrance. Up above is the expanded lobby with the original lobby space back behind the columns. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010
The inner lobby from house left. Here the original area under the booth can be seen as the ceiling. The auditorium is to the left, the expanded lobby area off to the right. The steps in the foreground lead down to the original side aisle elevation behind us. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010
The house left stairs to the balcony and booth. There's also an elevator that was added in the 1997-1998 renovations. Photo: Bill Counter - 2010
The new carpet inside the front doors. The 2017 project was made possible by a $500,000 grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that also went toward other improvements such as seat recovering, roof repairs and forecourt mural restoration. Thanks to Tony Hoover of Red Line Tours for the photo. It's one of four he posted on Facebook.
Looking in from the doors. The design for the carpet project was by Daelen Cory and Paul L'Esperance of L'Esperance Design and Sandra Costa of Sandra Costa Design Group. It's a 2017 Tony Hoover photo.
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