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Netflix wants to buy the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Why?

Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre.
Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre.
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Netflix is in preliminary talks with American Cinematheque to purchase the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.

This would be the first brick and mortar location for Netflix and could help appease tensions between the streaming giant and Hollywood traditionalists. Last year, the LA Times reported that Netflix considered acquiring the Landmark Theatres, speculating that owning their own venue could make it easier to get Oscar nominations.

The Egyptian theater was built back in the 1920s and hosted the first-ever movie premiere in Hollywood. The theater would continue running their screenings and events on the weekends, while Netflix would be scheduled for the weekdays. The deal could also financially help the Cinematheque, a nonprofit that also owns the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

We  reached out to American Cinematheque but as of the airing of this segment we haven't received a response. We will update this segment with their response if we receive one. 

We also reached out to Netflix to request an interview, and they responded to our request saying that they can confirm they are in talks with American Cinematheque and it's too early to say anything else about the acquisition.


Ryan Faughnder, film business reporter for The Los Angeles Times; he tweets @RFaughnder

Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC, Alt-Film Guide and; he tweets @CinemaInMind

Leonard Maltin, film historian and critic and author of “Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom” (GoodKnight Books, July 2018); he has authored many books on cinema, including “Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide” series, appears regularly on Reelz Channel and spent 30 years on the hit television show, Entertainment Tonight