Apparently, movie premieres were quite the events back in the day, as they still are now. I have an old program from 1924, when The Thief Of Bagdad premiered at
Grauman's Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. You have no doubt heard of the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater (with it's well-known movie star handprints and footprints in cement), but perhaps you are unfamiliar with the Egyptian Theater.
My lovely vintage program booklet has 28 pages, including advertisements and a wonderful design:
I cannot even imagine what it must have been like to attend a premiere back in 1924 of a movie starring Douglas Fairbanks!
Here are a couple more images of the Egyptian Theater from old postcards, but you can also click on the highlighted names to see more Google images, or to read more information about the theater from their website, or about the film on IMDB. IMDB shows that this movie premiered in March of that year, so either that is incorrect, or this date in July simply meant the date of it's premiere at THIS theater; I'm not sure which.
Thinking about old movies only serves to remind me how badly I want to see "The Artist", but I don't know if/when it will play here in my town. Sometimes the best movies of the year are never even shown in our theater - it's frustrating! I know it's playing in Sacramento, but I am not likely to be going there. Wish me luck!