Do Egyptians see movies at the “American Theater?”

Or maybe “Texas Theaters.” Somehow, the “Appalachian Theater” doesn’t quite have the necessary evocative ring to get people in seats.

One of the nicest venues at Sundance is the Egyptian Theater in Park City. There is another Egyptian Theater in Ogden, UT and others elsewhere. This is what Wikipedia has to say about the subject.

Egyptian Theater, Park City, UT (photo pilfered from Sundance Channel)

Turns out the first one, built in 1922, opened shortly before the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. According to Wikipedia, as many as one hundred copycats of this style may have once existed in the U.S.

Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, 1922 (Wikipedia image)

While the motif is kind of silly, reminding me of the fake “Bavarian” town of Leavenworth, WA near where I grew up, it is still much more fun than the typical modern multiplex.

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