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Egyptian Theatre: street views 1922 to 1954

6712 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028 | map |

The Egyptian Theatre pages: an overview | street views 1922-1954 | street views 1955-present | forecourt | lobby areas | auditorium | booth | backstage | Egyptian 2 & 3 / Arena Cinelounge |

1922 - An amazing postcard view looking south on McCadden Place before the building now housing Pig & Whistle was constructed west of the theatre. The forecourt is behind the jagged wall at the left. The lower box in the center is the lobby and the main part of the auditorium is farther right. The card is in the collection of the California State Library. It also appears on the site WorthPoint where they note the rear of the card says "The Wonder Playhouse."

1922 - A photo from the southwest by Edward T. Estabrook in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. In the center you can see some of the jagged forecourt wall as well as the stagehouse with its two smoke vents. Also see a view toward the hills by the same photographer. 

c.1922 - A look into the forecourt from the amazing Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection. Mr. Torrence is the author of "Hollywood, The First 100 Years," available on Amazon, and the 2012 book "The Hollywood Canteen." He's the grandson of legendary Hollywood developer C.E. Toberman, who built the El Capitan, Egyptian, and Chinese theatres, along with many other landmark buildings.

1923 - Looking east along Hollywood Blvd. from the Egyptian. The photo is in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.

c.1923 - A delightful early postcard view of the Egyptian from Brian Michael McCray's Hollywood Postcards set. Thanks, Brian! The card features in John Bengtson's article "Keaton's Short Fuse," analyzing locations in Hollywood for Buster Keaton's "Cops" (1922). It also appears in the California State Library collection, on and in the collection WorthPoint.

Note the style of the building on the corner -- it hasn't yet had its Morgan, Walls & Clements 1927 makeover. Mary Mallory in her Daily Mirror article on a later tenant, Pig 'N Whistle, notes: "Architect H. J. Knauer designed the original building at 6714 Hollywood Blvd. for merchant G. D. Robertson... with the building later operating as Dunn’s Men’s Shop."

1924 - A look into the forecourt from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. That elephant is part of the promotion for "The Thief of Bagdad." In front it looks like we're doing some work on the red line tracks. The storefront to the right of the theatre housed Dunn's Men's Shop. It was replaced by a Pig 'N Whistle in 1927.  The Library also has another another version of the photo.

1925 - A photo of Paulais Cafe and the Egyptian from the California Historical Society in the USC Digital Library collection. Beyond the theatre is the Christie Hotel, now owned by the Scientology folks. USC also has a  c.1905 photo of this SW corner of Hollywood and Las Palmas. Silent film detective John Bengtson comments that the forecourt display seen in the photo is for John Ford's film "The Iron Horse" that opened February 21.

1926 - Thanks to the Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection for this look into the forecourt. The ship on display is a model of the one used in the Douglas Fairbanks film "The Black Pirate."  The USC Digital Library collection has a closer view of the ship.

c.1927 - A view from the west, panel #6 of a C.C. Pierce panorama of Hollywood. The full panorama is in both the USC Digital Library collection and, in a colorized version, in the collection of the Huntington Digital Library. That's the El Capitan at the bottom with the Egyptian at the center right of the image. The Warner is under construction.

c.1927 - A detail from the C.C. Pierce panorama. Note the exposed truss construction over the auditorium. That little thing with the peaked top on the corner of the stagehouse is the theatre's fresh air intake. The building on the far left is the back of the Hotel Christie. 

1928 - A view from the USC Digital Library looking east on Hollywood Blvd.

1928 - A view east along Hollywood Blvd. in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. The Egyptian auditorium roof is at the right beyond the Hotel Christie.

1928 - A fine look at the theatre's new signage from the collection of Eric Lynxwiler on Flickr. It's also in the LAHTF Flickr set. The theatre is running "The Last Command" with Emil Jannings. Thanks, Eric! Check out his Los Angeles Theatres set for a real treat.

1928 - The Egyptian running "The Fleet's In." The photo is in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. A nice postcard version of the photo is in the California State Library collection. 

c. 1928 - We get the Grauman's vertical at left in this lovely view west on Hollywood Blvd. from the Corbis Archives, a firm now rolled into Getty Images. Ken McIntyre posted it on the always interesting Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page.

The Pig 'N Whistle restaurant just west of the theatre, a 1927 remodel of an earlier building, was a design by Morgan, Walls & Clements. It's discussed in a history page on the theatre's website. The current eatery by that name in the restored space has no connection to the original.

See Mary Mallory's 2015 article "Hollywood's Pig 'n Whistle Draws Film Fans" on The Daily Mirror blog. She notes: "Declining business led to the Pig’n Whistle’s closure at 6714 Hollywood Blvd. in 1953, with many of the fixtures and furnishings acquired for the new Italian restaurant, Miceli’s. Over the next several decades, the building functioned as everything from Masters Mart to Cheap Feet shoe store to Numero Uno pizza. In 2001 after $1 million refurbishment, the business reopened, operating as the nightclub Nubar at night with beds as booths in the back."

c.1928 - Looking west from Las Palmas. The photo is in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. The tower at the center of the photo is on the Barker Bros./El Capitan Theatre building.

c. 1929 - The "Theatre Building & Buyers Guide" section of the Motion Picture News issue of December 28, 1929 has this photo with the article "Harold B. Franklin Analyzes Theatre Personality." That lettering they were doing at the top of the marquee was for whatever bandleader they were headlining -- in this case Gene Morgan. It's on Internet Archive.

1931 - The Egyptian is running "Daybreak" with Ramon Novarro. The photo is in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.

1932-33 - A Frasher Foto Card from the Collection of the Pomona Public Library appearing on Calisphere. There's also a zoom version. It's a great shot during the run of "Back Street" giving us a look all the way under the awning to the entrance. The card is on the Pomona Library website as well. The entire Frasher Foto Postcard Collection is also on their website. It contains hundreds of photos from all over southern California.

Note the new vertical on the left -- it says "Egyptian" rather than the old "Grauman's" vertical that was on the right. 

1930s - A night view up the boulevard. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for the post on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles

1935 - The theatre is running that all-time great epic "Charlie Chan in Egypt." The photo is in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. We also get a nice view of the Pig 'N Whistle next door. The facade dates from 1927 when Morgan, Walls & Clements remodeled what had been a menswear shop and it became a restaurant. See the 1924 LAPL view for a comparison. 

1937 - The Egyptian running "True Confession" with Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray. Check out that nice signage above the boxoffice advertising the theatre as "The Place To Go," a slogan Fox West Coast used at other theatres such as Loew's State downtown.  It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo.

1937 - A great night view from November in the Los Angeles Public Library collection by Herman Schultheis. They're running "Life Begins in College" and "Counsel For Crime."

1939 - Looking east in December with the street all decorated in a view from Ken McIntyre on the Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page. In addition to the Egyptian on the right we get a glimpse of the Vogue Theatre on the left. It had opened in 1935.

1942 - The Egyptian during the run of "Twin Beds" with Joan Bennett and George Brent. It's a Los Angeles Public Library photo.

1944 - Thanks to the terrific Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection for this view of the theatre running "Ladies Courageous" with Loretta Young along with "Her Primitive Man." Note that the theatre has retired the milk glass letters and gone "modern" with some die-cast aluminum ones. There are over 30 more Egyptian Theatre photos in the Torrence collection if you'd care to browse.

1944 - Another "Ladies Courageous" photo, this one on Photos of Los Angeles. Our thanks to the intrepid Ken McIntyre for the find. A smaller but less cropped version of this image is in the Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection.

1945 - The Los Angeles Public Library collection includes this Hollywood Christmas parade photo.

1946 - A view of the premiere of "Till The Clouds Roll By." It appeared on the now-vanished UCLA page "Remapping Hollywould" [sic].

1946 - A view of the marquee during the run of "The Postman Always Rings Twice."

1940s - An Arnold Hylen photo looking west with a sliver of the Egyptian on the left. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for posting it on Photos of Los Angeles.  Visit the Arnold Hylen Facebook page curated by his grand-niece Greta Gustafsson.

1946 - Vicky Valentine added this terrific view of the premiere of David O. Selznick's "Duel in the Sun" to the Vintage Los Angeles Facebook page but it now seems to be missing. Another "Duel" photo appears in the AMPAS B'hend and Kaufmann collection from Marc Wanamaker.

1948 - A spiffy view of the Egyptian. We're putting up Esther Williams' name for the run of "On A Island With You." It's a rare color view of this marquee before the facade got changed.  Thanks to Alison Martino for posting it on the Vintage Los Angeles Facebook page. There's also been a re-post.

1950 - A Life image looking east gives us a look at the green neon of the Egyptian's new facade on the right, down beyond the vertical of the Hollywood Theatre. On the left are the Vogue and the Warner. Thanks to Noirish Los Angeles contributor Tourmaline for spotting the photo in the Life collection -- it's on Noirish post #35733 along with other Hollywood views.

1950 - A February look at the theatre's towering new facade from the Sean Ault collection. We're running "Malaya" with Spencer Tracy and James Stewart. Thanks, Sean!

1950 - A facade view with the theatre running William Wellman's "Battleground" with Van Johnson. It's a particularly nice photo as we can see deep into the forecourt. It's from a Boxoffice article in the March 4, 1950 issue: "Few Touches Necessary in Brightening The Famous Egyptian Theatre - Reconciling The Pharoahs To '50."

The article discusses the big remodel that United Artists Theatre Circuit gave the theatre. Previously operated by Fox West Coast, it was spun off to UA as a result of the consent decree. The photo also appears in the Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection.

1951 - A Life magazine view looking west on Hollywood Blvd. with the Egyptian's green neon over on the left and the Hollywood Theatre vertical beyond. The Vogue neon is over on the right.

The Hotel Drake you see here was earlier the Hotel Christie. Later it was the Hollywood Inn. The building is now part of the Scientology's many holdings in Hollywood. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for spotting the shot in the Life collection and posting it on Photos of Los Angeles. On the same Facebook page Bill Gabel also has added another version. You can also find it on Tourmaline's Noirish Los Angeles post #35733.

1951 - This shot of the premiere of "Showboat" appeared on Photos of Los Angeles, a post by Ken McIntyre. The photo can also be seen on the website of the Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection, where there are over 30 additional exterior views of the theatre to browse.

1951 - A view on Photos of Los Angeles located by intrepid sleuth Ken McIntyre. "Great Caruso" is the film.

1951 - A lovely "Great Caruso" view. Thanks to Alison Martino for the post on her Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles.

1954 - A shot of the theatre's signage from "Hollywood 1950s Neon" on YouTube by Luke Sacher's Soapbox Productions. It's a great 3 minute compilation of 50s Hollywood footage of theatres, clubs and restaurants from Producers Library.

1954 - Another shot from "Hollywood 1950s Neon." The footage gives a view of the neon animation up and down the Egyptian's tower. At the time of the filming the theatre was running "Deep in My Heart" with Jose Ferrer and Merle Oberon.

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