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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!

For more Cinecon Schedule and Information click HERE

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Cinecon 50 is coming soon!!

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

FESTIVALS

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

FILM FESTIVALS

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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Candids from Cinecon 48!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

FESTIVALS

 

 

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Cinecon 48 is history! The annual festival began last Thursday and ended yesterday and over the course of five days screened 43 classic films, shorts and documentaries at the legendary Egyptian Theater. Among the films shown were such rare gems as 15 Maiden Lane (1936) starring Claire Trevor and Caesar Romero and directed by Allan Dwan; the silent, Wild Bill Hickcok (1923) played by Cinecon favorite, William S. Hart; the crowd pleasing bio-pic, Diamond Jim (1935), the story of James Buchanan Brady, fondly known as “Diamond Jim,” starring Edward Arnold in the title role and Jean Arthur in a supporting role.

 

Other highlights included The Goose Woman (1925), The Bedroom Window (1924), and the Kate Smith film, Hello, Everybody! (1933). Some of my favorites include Diamond Jim, Upstream (1927), the once-lost John Ford film about vaudevillians starring Raymond Hitchcock and Grant Withers, the Cecil B. DeMille scenario, The Circus Man (1914), She Wanted a Millionaire (1932) with Joan Bennett and Spencer Tracy and the documentary about the Silent Movie Theatre, Palace of Silents.

 

Some of the special guests who appreared this year and talked about their filmes were Marsha Hunt, Phyllis Coates, Richard L. Bare, Samantha Eggar and Carleton Carpenter.

 

Phyllis Coates, Richard L. Bare and Carleton Carpenter were honored at this years Cinecon banquet with the Career Acheivement award. Carpenter was presented with his award by his Two Weeks With Love (1950) costar, Debbie Reynolds. The couple sang their hit song from the film, Aba Daba Honeymoon to a very appreciative audience. Jack Larson, best-known as Jimmy Olsen on TV’s Superman, presented his former costar, Phyllis Coates with her award. Coates played Lois Lane on the series first season. Director Richard L. Bare, who directed such classic television shows as Green Acres, Petticoat Junction and several episodes of the Twilight Zone was given his award by Linda Henning who played Betty Jo on Petticoat Junction.

 

There was a great selection of films shown at this year’s Cinecon and the banquet was one of the most entertaining in recent years. Many thanks to the Cinecon officers and committee: Robert S. Birchard, Jim Harwood, Marvin Paige, Stan Taffel, Sharon Arndt, Bryan Cooper, Stella Grace, Sue Guldin, Danny Schwartz and Maureen Solomon.

 

A personal thanks to volunteer coordinator Stella Grace and her group of volunteers which included Woolsey Ackerman, Nick Beck, Vivienne Benjamin, Amy Bowker, Paul & Kristina Bunnell, Annette Bursteen, Michael Cable, Rancen Collins, Sandy Dubois, Allan Ellenberger, Joan Engberg, Isabel Falck, Allison Francis, Sue Garland, Bill Goodwin, Sue Guldin, Mary Mallory, Ludmilla & HarryMartinez, Charlie McCollister, Ann McFerrin, Oriana Nudo, Betty Petit, Jane Reed, Robert Richard, Ronn & Carol Roe, Susan Shapiro, Ruth Silney, Norman Triplett, Laura Wegter, Rex Wegter, Rachel Wegter and Tyler, Seth Wegter and Mary Zickefoose.

 

See you at Cinecon 49 on Labor Day weekend, 2013!

 

Following are some candid photos from this past weekend, mostly from the banquet (Photos by Allan R. Ellenberger):

 

 

 

Volunteers Allison Francis and Robert Richard (left) help veteran Cinecon

attendee, Sharon Schwartz at Loew’s Hollywood Hotel on Highland Avenue.

 

 

 

 

Crowd gathers for the Cinecon banquet (recognize anyone?)

 

 

 

Cinecon president, Robert S. Birchard opened the banquet

 

 

 

Actresses France Nuyen and Colleen Gray

 

 

 

Former Superman costars, Phyllis Coates (Lois Lane) and Jack Larsen

(Jimmy Olsen) meet prior to the banquet. Author Anthony Slide is looking on.

 

 

 

 

Cinecon officer and banquet emcee, Stan Taffel greets Mary Ellen Dix,

wife of actor Bob Dix (son of Richard Dix)

 

 

 

Actress Linda Henning introduced director and honoree Richard L. Bare

 

 

 

Cinecon honorees, Richard L. Bare and Phyllis Coates. Bare and Coates were once husband and wife for less than ten months (1948-1949). At one point Bare asked her about their marriage and she held her thumb and index finger about an inch apart and said, “It lasted this long… but it was interesting.”

 

 

 

 

 Jack Larsen introduced honoree Phyllis Coates

 

 

 

 The legendary Debbie Reynolds introduced her former costar

and Cinecon honoree, Carleton Carpenter

 

 

 

 

Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter entertain the

audience with a rendition of “Aba Dabba Honeymoon”

 

 

 

Debbie Reynolds and Jack Larsen

 

 

 

Debbie Reynolds, Cinecon committe member, Bryan Cooper

and Carleton Carpenter

 

 

 

Mary Ellen Dix and Richard Anderson

 

 

 

Carla Laemmle, neice of Universal founder Carl Laemmle

 

 

 

Miriam Nelson and Barbara Hale who played Della Street on Perry Mason

 

 

 

Julie Newmar of Catwoman fame talks to a fan

 

 

 

Jane Withers chats with Marsha Hunt

 

 

 

Cinecon committee members, Sue Guldin and Stella Grace

 

 

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Cinecon 48 is coming!!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

FESTIVALS

Cinecon 48 is coming!

 

 

Cinecon 48 is a five day celebration of the movies which will be held over Labor Day weekend, August 30th to September 3rd 2012, in Hollywood. We will be showing 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, 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 our six fabulous dealers’ rooms and the Cinecon Career Achievement Award celebrity banquet takes place on Sunday evening.

 

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.

 

If you love movies, Cinecon 48 is the place to be over Labor Day weekend.

 

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

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Cinecon 47 at the Egyptian Theater

Monday, August 29th, 2011

HOLLYWOOD EVENTS

Cinecon 47 at the Egyptian Theater

 

 

To Pay Tribute to The National Film Preservation Foundation

 

The 47th Annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California will be held over the Labor Day Weekend, September 1-5, 2011. Tribute will be paid to the National Film Preservation Foundation with screenings of two recent NFPF funded projects, The Active Life of Dolly the Dailies Episode 5, and The Chinese Fan, produced by Thomas A. Edison, and the 1920 Metro Pictures film, Stronger than Death, starring legendary Russian actress Alla Nazimova.

 

The Active Life of Dolly the Dailies is presented by the Academy Film Archive through a collaboration of the New Zealand Film Archive, the National Film Preservation Foundation, and the American archival community. Stronger Than Death was preserved by the George Eastman House through a grant funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation.

 

Both films are two of nearly forty rare and unusual films to be screened during the five-day Cinecon Classic Film Festival. Other titles scheduled include Raymond Griffith’s Civil War comedy Hands Up! (1926); Stormy Weather (1943) featuring Lena Horne, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Cab Calloway, Thomas “Fats” Waller and the Nicholas Brothers; Beauty’s Worth (1922) produced by newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst and starring Marion Davies; Blazing Days (1927) an early effort by future Oscar-winning director William Wyler, and The Brasher Doubloon (1947) a film noir classic based on Raymond Chandler’s novel, “The High Window,” with George Montgomery in the role of detective Phillip Marlowe.

 

In addition to the film screenings, Cinecon offers a movie memorabilia and collectibles show during the festival at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, 1755 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood.

 

If you love movies, Cinecon 47 is the place to be over the Labor Day weekend.

–From Cinecon’s website

 

 For more information, click HERE for Cinecon’s website!

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“MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot” booksigning

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

BOOK SIGNING

“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

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American Cinematheque

6712 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, California

 

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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.

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Cinecon 46 lineup

Monday, August 30th, 2010

FESTIVALS

 Cinecon 46 lineup

 

 

  

 

 

 

Here is the film schedule for Cinecon 46. For more information about these films visit our Film Line-up page.

 

All of these screenings will be at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. Admission is by day pass or full festival pass which can be purchased in advance or at the door during the show, please see our Registration page for more information.

 

Show times are approximate and this schedule is subject to change without notice. Some films are listed here pending final clearance. Guests appearances are confirmed subject to unforeseen circumstances.

Thursday September 2
7:00    DINNER FOR EIGHT (1934) Early Technicolor Short
7:20   KING OF BURLESQUE (1936) Warner Baxter, Alice Faye 85 min
8:55   DOWN ON THE FARM (1921) Louise Fazenda, Harry Gribbon 65 min
10:15   VOICE OF HOLLYWOOD 2 shorts introduced by David Stenn
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I LIKE IT THAT WAY (1934) Gloria Stuart, Roger Pryor 67 min

 

 
Friday September 3
9:00   RHAPSODY IN WOOD (1947) George Pal Puppetoon
9:10   BOMBSHELL (1933) Jean Harlow. Lee Tracy 96 min
10:55   TENNESSEE’S PARDNER (1916) Fannie Ward 65 min
12:05    Lunch Break
1:35   THE PEPPERY SALT (1935) Andy Clyde Short
2:00   THE FRESHMAN (1925) Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston
3:45   THIS IS THE LIFE (1935) introduced by Jane Withers 63 min
5:00   Two shorts with Louise Currie
6:30    Dinner Break
8:00   THE GROCERY CLERK (1919) Larry Semon
8:20    THE WAY OF THE STRONG (1928) Directed by Frank Capra 61 min
9:30    EASY TO TAKE (1936) introduced by Marsha Hunt and Marilyn Knowlden 67 min
    

YOU NEVER KNOW WOMEN (1926) directed by William Wellman 65 min

 

 
Saturday September 4
9:00    VOICE OF HOLLYWOOD
9:10    WARNER ARCHIVE PROGRAM meet George Feltenstein plus unseen shorts
10:20    SATURDAY AT THE BIJOU
Return to those glorious days of yesteryear with a full program like they used to do on Saturday mornings. Featuring SHORTS – TRAILERS – NEWSREEL – SERIAL CHAPTER – PRIZES –plus our BIG FEATURE
THE THRILL HUNTER (1933) starring Buck Jones 60 min
12:15    Lunch Break
1:45    FILM PRESERVATION PROGRAM
featuring a fragment of FLAMING YOUTH (1923), the documentary KEEPERS OF THE FRAME and the newly discovered Charlie Chaplin short A THIEF CATCHER (1914)
3:45    THE CASE OF BECKY (1915) Blanche Sweet, Carlyle Blackwell 65 min
5:00    A PAIR OF SILK STOCKINGS (Fox, 1918) Constance Talmadge. A new restoration introduced by Patrick Stanbury
6:10    Dinner Break
7:45    FROM BAD TO WORSE (1937) Charley Chase short
8:05    THE SEA WOLF (1930) Milton Sills 87 min
9:45    THE TESTING BLOCK (1920) William S. Hart 70 min
11:00   

THE COLLEGE COQUETTE (1929) Jobyna Ralston 68 min

 

 
Sunday September 5
9:00    Laurel & Hardy Short
9:20    THE BREAKING POINT (1924) Nita Naldi 75 min
10:45    MISTER BIG (1943) in person Cinecon honoree BOBBY SCHERER 63 min
12:10    Lunch Break
1:30    THE BOY FRIEND (1928) Max Davidson short
1:55    FROM HELL TO TEXAS (1958) in person Cinecon Honoree DON MURRAY
4:20    DOUBLE OR NOTHING (1937) Bing Crosby, Mary Carlisle 90 min
7:15    COCKTAIL RECEPTION
    

BANQUET

 

 
Monday September 6
9:00    GODDESS OF SPRING (1934) Silly Symphony
9:20    BROTHERS (1930) Bert Lytell, Dorothy Sebastian 79 min
10:45    THE SEVENTH DAY (1922) Richard Barthelmess 60 min
12:00    CADET GIRL (1941) Carole Landis, George Montgomery 69 min
1:10    Lunch Break
2:30    CROOKED STREETS (1920) Jack Holt 57 min
3:50    CROSS COUNTRY CRUISE (1934) Lew Ayres, June Knight 72 min
5:10    CAREER WOMAN (1936) Claire Trevor 76 min

 

The good people at Cinecon do their best to stick to the schedule, but changes and delays are inevitable.

Program subject to change without notice and pending final clearance

 

 

  

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Egyptian Theater mural – then & now

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

 HOLLYWOOD: THEN & NOW

The Grauman’s Egyptian Theater mural

 

 

 

Above is Grauman’s Egyptian Theater mural, in the forecourt just outside the entrance, as it looked in the 1920s.

 

 

 Above, the restored version as it looks today.

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