Silent Film at the Egyptian Theatre

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The American Cinematheque  re-opened the landmark 1922 Grauman's Egyptian Theatre on December 4, 1998, following an extensive restoration and renovation of the historic movie palace. This December, we will celebrate our 20th anniversary at the Egyptian Theatre, by screening a new digital restoration of the 1923 Mary Pickford  film ROSITA, directed by Ernst Lubitsch. ROSITA, once considered a "lost film," will be accompanied by a live orchestra, directed by the renowned musicologist Gillian Anderson. Anderson  reconstructed the film’s original score by working from a cue sheet preserved by the George Eastman Museum.  This event marks her return to the Egyptian 20 years after she conducted on the night of the grand re-opening of the theatre. 

ROSITA is famed as the single collaboration between two of the giants of the silent screen, the director Ernst Lubitsch and the star Mary Pickford. The ROSITA restoration and new score is scheduled to premiere in Los Angeles at this celebratory event on Friday, December 7, 2018, but we need your help to make this event a reality. Presenting films with a live orchestral score is magnificent, but very cost prohibitive. Without donations, we cannot cover these costs.
The cost of the orchestra and equipment rentals involved to present ROSITA is $30,000. This includes fees incurred for the performance day, as well as a rehearsal day for the union musicians, contractor and conductor, plus sound equipment, chairs, music stands, the score itself, etc. We want all those who enjoy our programs regularly, to be able to afford to celebrate with us on  this special occasion. To that end, we don't want to have to charge an unusually high ticket price to cover the costs. The goal is to make this celebration as inclusive as possible so that our loyal audience members can share this momentous experience. 

We are incredibly grateful for your support in celebrating our 20th anniversary at the Egyptian Theatre. You probably have a list of favorite meaningful experiences that you have had at the Egyptian over the years, so you know how important it is to the film-passionate community. Donate to our anniversary fund in any amount that is comfortable for you and become part of the Egyptian Theatre's nearly 100 year history!

Your donation in ANY amount (even $10 or $20) is greatly appreciated.

All contributions of $100 or more will be acknowledged onscreen on the night of the 20th anniversary event. 

Donate at these levels for special benefits:

The King's Guard - $250 donation

- Individual Level American  Cinematheque membership  ($65 value)
- TWO tickets to ROSITA on December 7, 2018. ($50 value)
- Onscreen acknowledgement.

Don Diego's Eternal Love - $500 donation
- Dual Level American  Cinematheque membership  ($125 value)
- TWO tickets to ROSITA on December 7, 2018. ($50 value)
- Complimentary Popcorn & Soda at ROSITA screening.
- Onscreen acknowledgement.
- TWO passes to return to the Egyptian or Aero Theatre to see any regularly priced film program. ($24 value)

Details about benefits for larger donations are available upon request! Email

The Egyptian Theatre was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. ROSITA star Mary Pickford was in attendance that evening. In the photograph above, from the collection of The Mary Pickford Foundation , Mary is pictured in costume as ROSITA, while (L-R) her husband Douglas Fairbanks and director Ernst Lubitsch watch her in character, as the Spanish street singer who catches the eye of the King when she sings songs to satirize him. 

The Museum of Modern Art's restored ROSITA, world premiered in a new restoration at the pre-inaugural evening of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, August 29, 2017 in the Sala Darsena (Palazzo del Cinema) at the Lido. Restoration funding provided by the Louis B. Mayer Foundation, Mary Pickford Foundation, RT Features, The Film Foundation and the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film preservation. The restoration was accomplished from elements of the last known surviving nitrate print found at Gosfilmofond in Russia.

On display will be items pertaining to Mary Pickford’s personal life and career, which will include original promotional items for Rosita (from the collection of Chris and Angie Schneider).
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