86 years ago the Egyptian Theatre opened her doors on December 10, 1929. When the Egyptian opened in 1929 it was one of over 100 Egyptian themed theatre’s around the country. Today the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb is one of only six Egyptian Theatre’s left in the United States and the only one East of the Rocky Mountains. The fad was inspired by the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922 which set off an Egyptian craze around the world.
Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Egyptian Theatre is one of only five such buildings listed on the registry in DeKalb. The Theatre is owned and operated by the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Preservation of Egyptian Theatre, Inc. (P.E.T.).
The Theatre is the largest in DeKalb County with a seating capacity of 1,400. It is also home to the largest movie screen in DeKalb County. The Theatre hosts over 130 events every year and is proud to work with dozens of non-profits each year that host events at the Theatre. Events include concerts, comedians, theatre, dance, community events, films, and lots of special events. For more information visit the Egyptian Theatre website: www.egyptiantheatre.org.