The Egyptian Theater Boise (or Egyptian Theatre) is a historical theatre in downtown Boise. The Egyptian Theatre was built in 1927 and has been open and operating since then. The artwork inside the building is reason in itself the visit the theater, which holds concerts, movies, and other events throughout the year.
The Egyptian Theatre in Boise was finished and opened in 1927 as the Fox Theatre. It was later named the Ada Theatre and got its name as the Egyptian in the 1970s. Their first movie was Don Juan.
The Hardy Foundation commissioned a full restoration of the Egyptian Theater in 1999, preserving both the interior and exterior artwork and architecture of the building.
The Egyptian Theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
The Egyptian Theatre was built in the gilded and Egyptian Revival styles, and was designed by the architect firm Tourtellotte & Hummel. After the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922, the Egyptian style became very popular across the world.
and its stage is a beautiful example of this. It draws your eye to the performers, although you can’t help but admire the architecture and artwork throughout the building while you are there.
The theater is one of the only surviving theaters from the era, which makes its architecture particular impressive.
The Egyptian Theater Boise holds numerous events throughout the year, including as a venue for Jaialdi and Treefort Music Festival, as well as Boise Classic Movies. They are the home of Opera Idaho, and are available for rent by groups for performances, concerts, guest speakers, film festivals, movies, corporate events, and more.
They hosted a few of the premieres for The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum. Executive Producer of the films, Frank Marshall, and his wife Kathleen Kennedy are regular visitors of Boise and decided it was the perfect place to premiere the movies. Matt Damon and other stars of the movie showed up to Boise each time to premiere the movies, and stopped to shake hands and take photos with Boise beforehand.
Actor Aaron Paul, a native of Boise, also rented out the theater for a number of Breaking Bad season premieres or finales.
Boise Movie Theaters
The Egyptian Theater Boise is one of many Boise movie theaters, but it is by far the coolest. If you are looking for stadium seating, Regal Edwards Cinema & IMAX and Edwards Downtown are great options, and there are plenty of theaters for cheaper movies as well, including the Reel brand.
If you have a chance though, seeing a movie at the Egyptian Theatre is well worth the wait.