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May 1, 2017
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


On May 1, 2017, Hollywood Heritage, the TCL Chinese Theatre, NBCUniversal, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the opening of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre with the premiere presentation of the newly restored Cleopatra, a Cecil B. DeMille classic.

The Chinese Theatre, designed by the celebrated architectural firm of Meyer and Holler, was built in 1927 for legendary promoter Sid Grauman and was the second of his movie palaces on Hollywood Boulevard.  The theatre is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument. It opened in May 1927 with DeMille’s epic The King of Kings.

DeMille’s version of the Cleopatra story, with Claudette Colbert as the Egyptian queen, was a critical and financial success for Paramount in 1934.  Cleopatra received several Academy Award nominations and was given the Best Cinematography award.  The film was released weeks after the newly enforced Production Code is considered the most entertaining version of the Cleopatra legend.

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May 7, 2017
11:30 am - 1:30 pm




Have you seen The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston? Did you know that in 1923 Cecil B. DeMille made a silent version of his legendary blockbuster? He shot the film in Santa Barbara County, California, about 150 miles north of Hollywood, and built a huge City of the Pharaoh set. Designed by Paul Iribe, the “Father of Art Deco,” it was the largest set in motion picture history.

When filming wrapped, the city mysteriously vanished.

In 1982 Peter Brosnan was sitting in a bar and someone told him that there were ancient Egyptian sphinxes buried somewhere in the California Dunes. It sparked his imagination and he embarked on what turned out to be a thirty-year battle to prove the existence of these sphinxes and the discovery of the Lost City, culminating in the world’s first archaeological excavation of a movie set.

Screening time: Sunday, May 7, 11:30 a.m., The Shedd Recital Hall

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