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Cinecon returns to the Egyptian Theater over Labor Day Weekend

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 27th, 2016
Aug 27


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





By Allan R. Ellenberger


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.






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.


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.


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.




Bob Birchard speaking at Cinecon 48.


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.




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

“None Shall Escape” (1944)


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.






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.


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.


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.


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





“MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot” booksigning

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 12th, 2011
Mar 12


“MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot” booksigning and screening at the Egyptian





A book signing with authors Steven Bingen, Stephen X. Sylvester & Michael Troyan


Sunday, March 13, 2011

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Go behind the curtain and see the magic factory at work. Then, see the magic with the double bill, 1953’s The Band Wagon (Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse) & That’s Entertainment @ 5:00 p.m.


The Egyptian Theatre

at the

American Cinematheque

6712 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, California




Going behind the scenes at one of Hollywood’s greatest movie studios, this extraordinary history reveals the untold story of the soundstages and outdoor sets where many of the world’s greatest films were produced. Featuring candid, previously unpublished photographs from the studio’s archives and exclusive interviews with actors and staff, this detailed exploration of MGM’s backlot—the setting for more than a fifth of the films produced prior to 1980—takes film buffs back to Hollywood’s golden age, offering an insider’s look at the movie business and celebrating many of its best films and the leading actors of the studio system. Today, when a film set can be anywhere at anytime, this treasure trove of information reveals the creativity and ingenuity of a bygone era when the studio system, coping with the limitations of space and technology, produced screen gems such as The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, and the Our Gang shorts.



Mark A. Vieira Book Signing

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Nov 19th, 2009
Nov 19


Irving Thalberg: Boy Wonder to Producer Prince

By Mark A. Vieira


Irving Thalberg-bookcover


 Sunday, November 22, 2009

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm



6644 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood, CA

(323) 463-3273



Hollywood in the 1920s sparkled with talent, confidence, and opportunity. Enter Irving Thalberg of Brooklyn, who survived childhood illness to run Universal Pictures at twenty; co-found Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer at twenty-four; and make stars of Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, and Jean Harlow. Known as Hollywood’s “Boy Wonder,” Thalberg created classics such as Ben-Hur, Tarzan the Ape Man, Grand Hotel, Freaks, Mutiny on the Bounty, and The Good Earth, but died tragically at thirty-seven. His place in the pantheon should have been assured, yet his films were not reissued for thirty years, spurring critics to question his legend and diminish his achievements. In this definitive biography, illustrated with rare photographs, Mark A. Vieira sets the record straight, using unpublished production files, financial records, and correspondence to confirm the genius of Thalberg’s methods. In addition, this is the first Thalberg biography to utilize both his recorded conversations and the unpublished memoirs of his wife, Norma Shearer. Irving Thalberg is a compelling narrative of power and idealism, revealing for the first time the human being behind the legend.


Following the booksigning, there will be a Thalberg double-feature and discussion at the American Cinematheque which begins at 2 pm. Books will be available there after the screening.



Tyrone Power Tributes…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Nov 13th, 2008
Nov 13


Tyrone Power


A recent vistor to Tyrone Power’s grave


This Saturday, November 15, 2008, is the 50th anniversary of the death of actor Tyrone Power.

A memorial service will be held at

Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.tyrone-power.com/



In conjunction, the American Cinematheque will be presenting a a two-night tribute to Power at the Egyptian Theater.







Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard


Friday, November 14, 7:30 pm – Nightmare Alley (1948)

Saturday, November 15, 7:30 pm – The Razor’s Edge (1946)

Sunday, November 16, 6:30 pm – Love is News (1937) & The Mark of Zorro (1940)


 Tickets and info: Fandango (www.fandango.com) (put 90028 in search box) or Egyptian Theatre box office (www.americancinematheque.com)




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