The Egyptian Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. It is a movie theatre owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of American Media Inc.
The Egyptian Theatre opened its doors in 1922. At the time, the site was known as the Pantages Theater, named after the famous vaudeville house in Chicago. The Pantages was originally constructed as a single-screen cinema, but was expanded to include a balcony seating area in 1929.
In 1933, the Pantages became a member of the National Association of Broadcasters, becoming the first non-theatrical venue to join NAB. During World War II, the Pantages served as a military hospital. Following the war, the Pantages continued to expand, adding another screen in 1947 and eventually expanding to four screens.
By the early 1960s, the Pantages was struggling financially. In 1962, the Pantages was purchased by the City of Los Angeles for $8.25 million. The city renamed the theater the Egyptian Theatre, after the ancient civilization of Egypt.
During the 1970s, the Egyptian underwent renovations, including the addition of air conditioning and sound systems. By the 1980s, the Egyptian was showing first-run films and hosting special events.
Today, the Egyptian remains a popular destination for film buffs. The theater currently houses four auditoriums, all of which feature Dolby surround sound technology. The Egyptian also hosts live musical acts and plays host to several annual awards shows, including the Academy Awards and Grammy Awards.