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Today at Cinecon… Friday

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Woman Chases Man (1937, Samuel Goldwyn Co.) Friday, September 1, 2017 – Egyptian Theater, 9:10am

Millionaire Kenneth Nolan (Joel McCrea) is sensible and careful with his money, but seemingly everyone else is trying to con him out of it. That includes architect Virginia Travis (the marvelous Miriam Hopkins) and his own father B.J. Nolan (Charles Winninger) who has lost all of his own money investing it in crackpot schemes and inventions. John Blystone, veteran director of Laurel and Hardy and Buster Keaton features, directed this romantic screwball comedy.

 

 

 

The Brat (1931, Fox) Friday, September 1, 2017 – Egyptian Theater, 8:20pm

From a 1917 stage play written by Maude Fulton and probably inspired by George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, this comedy was an early sound film for Director John Ford. In it a novelist (Alan Dinehart) is looking to find a subject for his next book when he comes upon an orphan (Sally O’Neil) who is appearing before a judge at a downtown night court, charged with stealing food. He pays her fine and brings her back to his family’s mansion so he can study her. She soon turns his dysfunctional family around by dispensing the wisdom she has learned living on the street.

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Today at Cinecon… Thursday

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928, Buster Keaton Productions) Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Egyptian Theater, 7:15pm

This year Cinecon will be starting in style with an opening night reception followed by a screening of this classic silent film comedy, starring Buster Keaton in the last movie he made as an independent producer. Making this screening all the more special, it will feature a period score compiled and adapted by composer/conductor Scott Lasky, from original silent era orchestral film cues, and performed live by the Famous Players Orchestra under maestro Lasky’s baton.

After the film actor Norman Lloyd with be on hand to talk about his friendship with Buster and about his own long career in acting.

In case you haven’t seen Steamboat Bill, Jr.: Buster is the wimpy son of burly steamboat Captain William Canning (Ernest Torrence) whose business is threatened by J.J. King and his new paddle wheeler. When Junior meets and falls in love with the rival’s daughter, Kitty King, sparks fly. When a hurricane lands in River Junction this film features some of Buster’s famous stunts, including his most well-known stunt when the front of a house collapses around the star. Not to be missed!

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CINECON begins tomorrow…!

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

BEGINNING TOMORROW!

RARE AND RESTORED FILMS RETURN TO THE BIG SCREEN AT HOLLYWOOD’S EGYPTIAN THEATER LABOR DAY WEEKEND:

Actor Norman Lloyd be Honored with the Cinecon Legacy Award!

Full Festival Passes are available at the price of $200.

We are also offering Day Passes from $40-$50 (depending on the day).

All announced titles are subject to final film clearances.

Please visit www.cinecon.org for film titles, schedule updates, hotel information and more!

 

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Rare and restored films return to the big screen at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater on Labor Day Weekend

Friday, August 11th, 2017

For more than half a century Cinephiles have gathered over Labor Day Weekend to celebrate the movies at the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival. Cinecon is where archivists, authors, collectors and film fans come together for five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests, and the best movie memorabilia show in the nation. Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings.

Cinecon 53 will take place in Hollywood from August 31, through September 4, 2017. Loews Hollywood Hotel is the host hotel with all screenings taking place at the historic Egyptian Theater just down the street on Hollywood Blvd. The festival is presented in partnership with Hollywood Heritage, the renowned museum and preservation organization.

On Thursday, August 31st, the festival will open in grand style with a gala reception in the forecourt of the Egyptian Theatre followed by a David Shepard tribute screening of Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) starring Buster Keaton. Famous Players Orchestra will provide live musical accompaniment for the film. Legendary actor Norman Lloyd, a personal friend of Buster Keaton’s, will be honored with the Cinecon Legacy Award that night (schedule permitting).

This year’s festival will be taking advantage of the fact that the Egyptian Theatre’s projection booth is now equipped to run Nitrate film. The “Saturday Nitrate Fever” program will include a print of Untamed (1940) and actress Patricia Morison (schedule permitting) is slated to appear before the film. The Spielberg Theatre downstairs will be the home to “Kinecon at Cinecon,” a new and unique program focusing on rare kinescopes (an early form of preservation) from the early television years and many of the films presented come from the only surviving material.

Comedy film fans will be excited to attend a premiere of a new documentary from award winning filmmaker Andreas Baum entitled Harold Lloyd: Hollywood’s Timeless Comedy Genius. Harold’s granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd will be on hand to introduce the film which includes private family footage never before seen in public.

Among the films being scheduled for Cinecon 53 is a rarely seen version of Anything Goes (1936) starring Bing Crosby and Ethel Merman and The Texas Streak (1926) featuring popular screen cowboy Hoot Gibson, who plays a Hollywood cowboy actor in this silent western adventure. Legendary star Spencer Tracy will be seen in Now I’ll Tell (1934), co-starring Alice Faye, in an early screen appearance. Once again Cinecon will be paying tribute to everyman Jack Oakie by showing a couple of films from his diverse resume: The Texas Rangers (1936) co-starring Fred MacMurray and directed by King Vidor; and Bowery to Broadway (1944), featuring an all-star cast of favorites including Maria Montez, Susanna Foster and Turhan Bey, plus cameos by Donald O’Connor and Peggy Ryan.

Some of the silent films slated for viewing this year include Thomas Ince’s production of Bellboy 13 (1923). William Seiter, director of Laurel & Hardy’s Sons of the Desert, helmed this early gem. When Dawn Came (1920) the stirring story of a blind girl played by Colleen Moore whose sight is restored by the hero who has fallen in love with her.

Having been lost for years, The Library of Congress reconstructed Captain Blood (1924) from the surviving elements. While most people are familiar with Errol Flynn’s 1935 epic, this is the initial screen version based on author Rafael Sabatini’s popular novel starring J. Warren Kerrigan and Jean Paige. Cinecon will also be hosting a world “Re-Premiere” of Polly Redhead (1917), newly preserved by Universal, this charming comedy stars Ella Hall as a Pickford-ish waif with a toddler brother who talks her way into a maid’s job at a wealthy couple’s estate.

This year’s stellar line-up of early sound films encompasses such unusual titles as The Accusing Finger (1936) starring last year’s recipient of the Cinecon Legacy Award, Marsha Hunt. We hope to have Ms. Hunt with us this again this year; Spring Tonic (1935) featuring Cinecon favorite Claire Trevor; The President Vanishes (1934) a political thriller based on the novel by Rex Stout, creator of Nero Wolfe; Woman-Wise (1937) an action-packed sports drama directed with a light touch by Allan Dwan; and Sing and be Happy (1937), a rarely seen Fox Musical starring a young Tony Martin. Plus, we’ll be featuring a “Salute to Universal 1940’s B-Pictures” with a trio of quickies, North to the Klondike (1942), La Conga Nights (1940) and Riders of the Santa Fe (1944), all three films will be projected in recently restored 35MM prints from Universal Pictures.

There will also be an interesting selection of short films including a presentation of Milton Schwarzwald’s Mentone Shorts. These one & two-reelers, produced at Universal Studios in the 1930s, were never sold to television or home markets, so they have not been seen for over eight decades. Film historian Mark Cantor will introduce this special program of rarities.

Cinecon 53 will also feature special programs as well as a movie memorabilia show at Loews Hollywood Hotel located at 1755 N. Highland Avenue in Hollywood, around the corner from the Egyptian Theater. Attendees may purchase rare movie stills, posters, lobby cards and other film-related collectibles in our dealer’s rooms and have books signed at our author’s tables.

All announced titles are subject to final film clearances. Please check Cinecon 53 Website for schedule updates, details on how to register, and hotel information. Also visit our Facebook page HERE. Passes are available for purchase online at Cinecon Film Festival.

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Pre-Registration now open for Cinecon 53

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

RARE AND RESTORED FILMS RETURN TO THE BIG SCREEN AT HOLLYWOOD’S EGYPTIAN THEATER LABOR DAY WEEKEND:

Actor Norman Lloyd will be Honored with the Cinecon Legacy Award!

Full Festival Passes are available at the pre-registration price of $175 until August 15th. After that they will go up to $200. So it’s best to purchase them early. We are also offering Day Passes from $40-$50 (depending on the day). All announced titles are subject to final film clearances. Please visit www.cinecon.org for film titles, schedule updates, hotel information and more!

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Cinecon returns to the Egyptian Theater over Labor Day Weekend

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

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The 52nd annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival returns to Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theater over Labor Day Weekend

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Cinecon is back! That’s right. Over this coming Labor Day Weekend (September 1 – September 5), cinephiles from around the country (and possibly the world) will gather at Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theater to view remarkable films,  thrilling celebrity guests and a collection of movie memorabilia during the 52nd Annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival.

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Just some of the highlights include a new restoration of 1930’s King of Jazz with Paul Whiteman and an all-star cast that will screen on Saturday night. A special film tribute to Jack Oakie will consist of Looking for Trouble (1934) with Spencer Tracy (1935), Sitting Pretty (1933) with Ginger Rogers and Tin Pan Alley (1940) with Alice Faye. American Asian stars, Anna May Wong and Philip Ahn (both Los Angeles natives) battle alien smugglers in Daughter of Shanghai (1938). Also see the lovely Dolores Del Rio in the rarely screened classic Ramona (1928), along with Warner Baxter. Some rare and early films made at Fort Lee, New Jersey—before Hollywood was Hollywood— will screen, and there will be a sneak peek at an episode of The Clown Princes of Hollywood (2016) from the new DVD collection Silents Please: The Great Comedians.

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For Western fans, there will be Gary Cooper in The Spoilers (1930), Ken Maynard in The Fighting Legion (1930) and in a more modern tale, there is Sky High (1922) starring Tom Mix as a border patrol agent who is fighting smugglers.

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Special highlights will include restored shorts of Laurel & Hardy; the great director Ernst Lubitsch’s silent production of So This is Paris (1927), and a 12-part pre-code serial from Universal called The Jungle Mystery (1932) that will run periodically throughout the festival.

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At 5 PM on Friday, September 2, 2016, there will be a memorial held for former Cinecon president, Bob Birchard, who passed away on May 30, 2016. In addition to his dedication to overseeing Cinecon for many years, Bob was a well-respected film historian, author and film editor. He will be missed by many especially by everyone in the Cinecon family. The memorial is open to the public, and all are welcome.

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Marsha Hunt, recipient the 2016 Cinecon Legacy Award  in a scene from

“None Shall Escape” (1944)

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This year, the Cinecon Board of Governors announced the presentation of the inaugural 2016 Cinecon Legacy Award to the legendary actress, author, and activist Marsha Hunt. The award will be presented to her in person on Friday, September 2 at the Egyptian Theater following a screening of her personal favorite film, None Shall Escape (1944), the story of what war crimes trials might be like following World War II. This movie was released two years before the actual Nuremberg trials.

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Besides The King of Jazz (rarely seen in the last 70 years), there are a few films I am looking forward to including Universal’s sparkling new restoration of the Marx Brother’s classic Animal Crackers (1930) containing footage originally cut by the scissors-happy American censors. Then there is A Million Bid (1927), a silent melodrama of love, motherhood, death and amnesia, starring the beautiful Dolores Costello (and grandmother of the present-day actress, Drew Barrymore). Also, plan to be scared silly during The Last Warning (1929), a pre-cursor to Universal’s horror legacy with ghosts, and murder in an eerie, deserted Broadway theater, starring the also neglected stars Laura La Plante and Montagu Love.

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In addition to the great actors mentioned above, at Cinecon 52 you will also see more films featuring Patsy Ruth Miller, Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Monty Banks, Abbott and Costello, Claire Trevor, Ralph Bellamy, Madge Kennedy, Thelma Todd, Eva Novak, Douglas Fairbanks, Betty Grable, John Boles, Dixie Lee, Jack Haley, Richard Conte, Lynn Bari, Bing Crosby, Blanche Sweet and many, many more.

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These classic films and much more will screen at the historic Grauman’s Egyptian Theater (home to the American Cinematheque) So if you have not reserved your seat, go to the CINECON website and find out how you can enjoy five days of non-stop classic films and fellowship with like-minded cinephiles in the heart of Hollywood. See you there.

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  • Cinecon 52, Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood.
  • Stay at Loews Hollywood Hotel, 1755 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood.

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CINECON 51 is coming!!

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

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Cinecon 51 is coming!

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For half a century Cinephiles have gathered over Labor Day Weekend to celebrate the movies at the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival. Cinecon is where archivists, authors, collectors and film fans come together for five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests, and the best movie memorabilia show in the nation. Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings.

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Loews Hollywood Hotel is the host hotel with all screenings taking place at the historic Egyptian Theater just down the street on Hollywood Blvd. There will also be a Memorabilia Show and Author’s book signings all weekend.

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For more information, please CLICK HERE

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JUST A FEW OF THE FILMS THAT WILL BE SCREENING AT

CINECON 51:

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FOR A COMPLETE FILM SCHEDULE OF CINECON 51, PLEASE GO TO:

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U.S. premiere of the restored 1922 film, “East is West” at Cinecon 50

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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The American premiere of the restored 1922 silent film, East is West at Cinecon 50

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EAST IS WEST (Constance Talmadge Film Co., US, 1922) 70 min. 35mm (18fps), silent, b&w and tinted (reproduction through the Desmet color process), 1,436 meters. Director: Sidney A. Franklin; Producer: Joseph M. Schenck (for Constance Talmadge Film Co.); Screenplay: Frances Marion (based on the 1918 play East Is West by Samuel Shipman and John B. Hymer); Camera: Tony Gaudio; Art Direction: Stephen Goosson. Cast: Constance Talmadge (Ming Toy), Edward Burns (Billy Benson), E.A. Warren (Lo Sang Kee), Warner Oland (Charley Yong), Frank Lanning (Hop Toy), Nick De Ruiz (Chang Lee), Nigel Barrie (Jimmy Potter), Lillian Lawrence (Mrs. Benson), Winter Hall (Mr. Benson), Jim Wang (the love boat proprietor). Restored 35mm print with English (and some Chinese) intertitles. Source: EYE Film Institute’s Zaalberg Collection.

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East is West, the outstanding Broadway success of 1918, written by Samuel Shipman and John B. Hymer with Fay Bainter in role of Ming Toy, ran for nearly two seasons at Manhattan’s Astor Theatre. In 1922, producer Joseph Schenck brought the story to the screen with Sidney Franklin directing, who directed Smilin’ Through. Constance Talmadge secured the coveted play, and is seen as Ming Toy, the lovely heroine. Talmadge crowned a meteoric career with her temperamentally brilliant interpretation of the role of this Chinese miss. Ming Toy, the eldest of Hop Toy’s many children, is rescued from the auction block by Billy Benson and sent to the United States in the care of Lo Sang Kee. There she continues her interest in western ways and attracts the attention of a powerful Chinatown figure, Charley Yong. When Charley Yong demands the hand of Ming Toy, she declines, causing disgrace to everyone involved.

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East is West is a tremendous production produced on a lavish scale. The Baltimore News said: “Once again the movies have taken a stage play and improved on it. East is West is much better as a screen than as a stage entertainment. Constance Talmadge is at her best.”

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The supporting cast is made up of Warner Oland, the villainous Charlie Yong, Edward Burns, Nigel Barrie, Winter Hall, E.A. Warren, Frank Lanning, Nick de Ruiz, Lillian Lawrence and Jim Wang. In Los Angeles, the film appeared at the downtown Kinema Theater (672 S. Grand Avenue [demolished]). The film was never shown again in the U.S. and was considered lost. Then, at the end of 2005, the film was found at the Nederlands Filmmuseum in the collection of Jan Zaalberg, who collaborated regularly with restoration projects (The Chess Player [1927] for example, came also from his collection, and was restored by Kevin Brownlow). In 2011, East is West (1922) was restored by The Netherlands EYE Institute of Film in Amsterdam Holland.

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This Labor Day Weekend, Cinecon 50 is pleased to host the U.S. premiere of the EYE Institute’s new restoration of East is West.

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Despite its A-list Hollywood star, producer, director, screenwriter, and cinematographer, East Is West was considered a lost film until a nitrate print from a private collection came to the Nederlands Filmmuseum in 2005. The initial inspection revealed that the first reel was in extremely bad condition, much of it crumbling into powdery chips. Nevertheless, a multi-year restoration was painstakingly undertaken.

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Approximately 400 feet (six minutes) of the decaying first reel were salvaged by step printing the delicate pieces. After duplication, none of the original film strip from reel one survived. The rest of the print was in relatively good physical condition and initially looked to be complete. However, further inspection revealed many narrative gaps, particularly towards the end of the film. Dutch release prints of East Is West were documented as being 2,364 meters long, meaning the surviving copy was missing more than 900 meters (some thirteen minutes of screen time). Access to the original shooting script helped fill the gaps in the story. The restoration, therefore, includes some explanatory title cards to provide a more complete narrative.

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Another restoration challenge was the print’s Dutch intertitles. The English-language release prints included pidgin English in many of the dialogue titles written for Ming Toy and others. The Dutch title cards have her speaking “broken Dutch” and her initial problems with the language are fundamental to the comedy plot. Rather than translating the Dutch back into pidgin English, this restoration used Frances Marion’s original script when possible. Where no original intertitles existed, the Dutch cards were translated in keeping with the style of the original American production.

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The result testifies to the great comedic talents of its stars, Constance Talmadge and the Swedish-born Warner Oland, who became famous as Charlie Chan in sixteen films before his death in 1938. Constance was a celebrated movie star, part of the Talmadge Sisters, alongside Norma and Natalie. By 1919, she had her own production outfit, Constance Talmadge Film Company, producer of East Is West and fifteen other silent features in which she starred until her retirement at the end of the silent era. The independently produced movie was distributed in the U.S. by Associated First National Pictures.

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Join fellow cinephiles at Cinecon 50, Labor Day weekend, August 28th to September 1st 2014, in Hollywood, California. For more information, please check out Cinecon’s website at: www.cinecon.org.

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Cinecon 50 is coming soon!!

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

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Cinecon 50 is coming soon!

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For nearly half a century Cinephiles have gathered over Labor Day Weekend to celebrate the movies at the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival. Cinecon is where archivists, authors, collectors and film fans come together for five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests, and the best movie memorabilia show in the nation. Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings.

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Loews Hollywood Hotel will be the host hotel with all screenings taking place at the historic Egyptian Theater just down the street on Hollywood Blvd.

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Everything you need to know about will be added to Cinecon 50s website in the months to come, including news about films to be screened, hotel and dealer information, as well as registration details.

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We hope you’ll join us at CINECON 50, Labor Day weekend, August 28th to September 1st 2014, in Hollywood.

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CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CINECON 50

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Cinecon 49 at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater over Labor Day weekend

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

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Cinecon 49 at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater over Labor Day Weekend

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Cinecon 49 is a five day celebration of the movies which will be held over Labor Day weekend, August 29th to September 2nd, 2013, in Hollywood. Nearly thirty rare silent and early sound feature films and as many short subjects from the nation’s leading film archives and Hollywood studio vaults will be shown, and Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings. Celebrity guests will attend a screening of one of their films and participate in question and answer sessions following the film. You can buy great movie memorabilia in the six fabulous dealers’ rooms.

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The Loews Hollywood Hotel (formerly the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel) will be the host hotel with all screenings taking place at the historic Egyptian Theater just down the street on Hollywood Blvd.

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If you love movies, Cinecon 49 is the place to be over Labor Day weekend.

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For more information, visit Cinecon’s website at: http://www.cinecon.org/

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