Movie house magic

Egyptian Theater hopes to raise the roof

THE PROBLEM: Torrential rains have left the Egyptian Theater in dire need of a new roof and extensive water damage repair both inside and outside the theater.

THE SOLUTION: The American Cinematheque’s courtyard sale, which offers books, DVDs, videos, laserdiscs, movie posters (some signed by directors and actors), T-shirts, movie promotional items, film fest catalogs, press books, still photos and old magazines — all priced to move.

You can help by attending the sale, donating items or volunteering to work. Previews are available by appointment.

THE GOAL: The roof costs $85,000, not including repairs and maintenance.

THE SPECIFICS: Sept. 17 and 18; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. in the Egyptian Theater courtyard, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., between Las Palmas and McCadden; Email

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Here’s the best party invite we’ve received in a while: “You are cordially invited to enjoy a quiet evening at home and not listen to the entertainment that won’t be entertaining nor the speeches that won’t be given.”

The non-hosts? Jeff and Susan Bridges, along with an impressive list of celebrity endorsers for the 13th annual End Hunger Network 2005 No Show Ball on Sept. 15.

Their aim is to end poverty and hunger for the 13 million American children by simply seeking donations. No awards show, no tireless emcee with lame jokes, no rude paparazzi making money with your picture, no feeling guilty if you can’t make it.

“No black tie. Please don’t come,” ends the invite. Sounds good to us.

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