Great ORIGINAL Color 8-1/2" x 9-1/2" 42 page Program for the FIRST EVER LOS ANGELES California International Film Exposition

This first edition FILMEX was held on November 4 through November 14, 1971. It was held at the GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATRE. Cover has a great marque image of the Mann's Chinese Theatre. FILMEX '71

It is the world's LARGEST public Film Event, a celebration of movies, moviemakers and moviegoers .


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MORE INFO ON FILMEX: Filmex was an annual Los Angeles film festival held in the seventies and early eighties . It was the predecessor of the American Film Institute 's Los Angeles International Film Festival . After the final Filmex festival in 1983, the founders/organizers of the festival devoted their attentions to developing a new non-profit cultural organization, the American Cinematheque - which they created to be a permanent year-round film festival in Los Angeles.

Filmex Timeline


The First Los Angeles International Film Exposition, a.k.a. Filmex, debuts on November 4, at Grauman's Chinese Theatre with the premiere of The Last Picture Show .

Gary Essert is Director, and Gary Abrahams , Associate Director, for the 11-day event.

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences , The Los Angeles County Museum of Art , The Harold Lloyd Foundation , USC , UCLA , CalArts and the American Film Institute all lend their support to the Festival, which intends to broaden appreciation for the work of "filmmakers from around the world".


Young Winston opens Filmex '72 at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

A 24-hour Billy Wilder Marathon is held.

Myrna Loy appears for a Tribute in her honor.

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie closes Filmex '72, and Luis Bu?uel attends his first-ever public screening of one of his films.

Filmex announces it will move to the spring for 1974 in order to generate greater support.


Filmex produces The Movies, a four-hour movie scrapbook for ABC to benefit The Motion Picture and Television Fund .

Filmex '74 is held March 28-April 9 at the Paramount Theatre Hollywood .

The Three Musketeers is the Opening Night film.


Filmex '75 moves to the Plitt theatres in Century City .

The 14-day Festival opens with the premiere of Funny Lady and the Filmex Society Benefit Ball. Rosalind Russell and LA Mayor Tom Bradley opened the event. Those in attendance at the Plitt Century Plaza Theater premiere that evening included Roddy McDowall and Henry Winkler. Barbra Streisand did not attend the event. When Rosalind Russell exited the theater that night with her husband, she was heard to proclaim, "Well, that was fun, wasn't it!" She clearly disliked the movie, but was too much of a lady to say so.

Twenty-five nations participate in the Festival, and all five nominees for Best Foreign Language Film are shown.


A Bicentennial Extravaganza opens the spring Filmex '76.

Alfred Hitchcock drives up in a Universal tour bus for the premiere of his Family Plot on Opening Night. At the gala ball at the Century Plaza Hotel following the screening, Hitchcock gives a speech in which he decries a line attributed to him that "actors are cattle." That evening, Hitchcock said, "What I probably said was, Actors should be TREATED like cattle." He was feted by several celebrities before his speech, including James Stewart. Those who attended were given a clear plastic paperweight with Hitchcock's famous caricature on one side and the Family Plot poster on the other.

A Tribute to Cuban Cinema is held, which generates controversy.

A Cowboy Film Marathon is held, screening 48 films. George Stevens Jr. speaks after a showing of his father's film "Shane."

On Dec. 18, 1976, Filmex holds the world premiere for Barbra Streisand's "A Star is Born" at the Fox Village Theater in Westwood Village . The stars, including Streisand, are in attendance with a post-event party at Dillons, at the time a new disco in the Westwood area. Ryan O'Neal, Peter Bogdonavich, Marisa Berenson, Alan Carr, Chevy Chase and Funny Girl composer Jule Styne are among the guests.


Filmex '77 is dedicated to Rosalind Russell who had died that year.

A 50-hour Movie Musical Marathon is held.

AFI debuts a special section called AFI Critics Choice.

Annie Hall is the Closing Night film.


Filmex announces that in its first seven years, 48 films were acquired for distribution after Festival exposure.

Lillian Gish appears at the screening of Broken Blossoms .

In-person Tributes are held for Norman Jewison and Olivia de Havilland .

Filmex '78 salutes Oscar's 50th anniversary with a 50-hour film marathon.


Laurence Olivier makes an emotional appearance on Closing Night with his film A Little Romance .

Sterling Hayden makes an appearance during a retrospective of his films including Dr. Strangelove -- Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb


The Great Rock And Roll Swindle plays at Filmex '80.

A Tribute to Paul Robeson is presented.


Filmex '81, the 10th anniversary, is held at nine different locations around Hollywood .

A Special Section called Treasures from AFI is presented.

The "Scared To Death" 50-hour horror film marathon is held.

Loretta Young is saluted with a Tribute.

The founders/organizer of Filmex announce the creation of a new organization called The American Cinematheque with the declared aim that it will eventually build on the work of Filmex and provide year-round film programming of classic and new films from around the world.


Eating Raoul , The Secret Policeman's Other Ball , Chan Is Missing , Cat People , Das Boot , Diva and Coup de Torchon top the list of films screened at Filmex '82.

Natalie Wood is remembered with a Tribute, shortly after her death.

Victor/Victoria has a splashy premiere.


Several theaters along Wilshire Boulevard are used for Filmex '83.

James Mason is honored with a Tribute.

Around The World In 80 Days is the final film shown at Filmex.

Filmex founders/organizers Gary Essert and Gary Abrahams start the long haul to develop the American Cinematheque into a full-time organization that will maintain the Filmex spirit and philosophy and present films in the context of a year-round festival.


The American Cinematheque holds a major fund-raiser - the American Cinematheque Award honoring Eddie Murphy . The funds raised are applied to enabling the organization to start presenting public programs the following year.


The American Cinematheque presents its first program in Los Angeles with the declared aim that it will continue the work of Filmex in the context of year-round film programming of classic and new films from around the world.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre is a movie theater located at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood . It is located along the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame . The Chinese Theatre was commissioned following the success of the nearby Grauman's Egyptian Theatre which opened in 1922. Built over 18 months, beginning in January 1926 by a partnership headed by Sid Grauman , the theater opened May 18, 1927, with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille 's film The King of Kings . [1] It has since been home to many premieres - including the 1977 launch of George Lucas ' science fiction blockbuster Star Wars - birthday parties, corporate junkets and three Academy Awards ceremonies. Among the theater's most distinctive features are the concrete blocks set in the forecourt, which bear the signatures, footprints, and handprints of popular motion picture personalities from the 1920s to the present day.

After his success with the Egyptian Theatre, Sid Grauman turned to C.E. Toberman to secure a long term lease on property located at 6925 Hollywood Blvd. Mr. Toberman contracted the architectural firm of Meyer & Holler (who also designed the Egyptian) to design a "palace type theatre" of Chinese design. Grauman's Chinese Theatre was financed by Grauman, who owned a one-third interest, and his partners: Mary Pickford , Douglas Fairbanks , and Howard Schenck. The principal architect of the Chinese Theatre was Raymond M. Kennedy , of Meyer and Holler.

During construction, Grauman hired Jean Klossner to formulate an extremely hard concrete for the forecourt of the theatre. Klossner later became known as "Mr. Footprint," performing the footprint ceremonies from 1927 through 1957.

There are many stories regarding the origins of the footprints. The theater's official account in its books and souvenir programs credit Norma Talmadge as having inspired the tradition when she accidentally stepped into the wet concrete. However, in a short interview during the September 13, 1937, Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of a radio adaptation of A Star Is Born Grauman related another version of how he got the idea to put hand and footprints in the concrete. He said it was: "pure accident. I walked right into it. While we were building the theatre, I accidentally happened to step in some soft concrete. And there it was. So, I went to Mary Pickford immediately. Mary put her foot into it." Still another account by Jean Klossner (the construction foreman at the time) recounts that Klossner autographed his work next to the right-hand poster kiosk and that he and Grauman developed the idea then and there. His autograph and hand-print, dated 1927, remain today. The theater's third founding partner, Douglas Fairbanks, was the second celebrity, after Talmadge, to be immortalized in the concrete.

Sid Grauman sold his share to William Fox 's Fox Theatres chain in 1929, but remained as the theater's Managing Director until his death in 1950. Charles Skouras bought the Chinese Theatre which became part of a chain of theatres for his company known as Fox West Coast Theatres. John Tartaglia (also see artist of Saint Sophia (Los Angeles) became the theater decorator of Grauman's Chinese Theatre as well as the chain of theatres, then owned by Fox West Coast Theatres, in 1952 but would later carry on the work of Jean Klossner for the Hollywood Footprint Ceremonies. He performed his first ceremony for Jean Simmons but his dedication to the job would last as a 35-year legacy in which he last performed as the cement artist in honor of Eddie Murphy in 1987.

In 1968 the Chinese Theatre was declared a historic and cultural landmark, and has undergone various restoration projects in the years since then. It was purchased in 1973 by Ted Mann , owner of the Mann Theatres chain, and husband of actress Rhonda Fleming . From 1973 to 2001, the theatre was known as Mann's Chinese Theatre, owing to its acquisition by Mann Theatres in 1973. In the wake of Mann's bankruptcy , the theatre, along with the other Mann properties, were sold in 2000 to a partnership of Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures , who also acquired the Mann brand name. In 2002 the original name was restored to the cinema palace, although the other theatres in the attached Hollywood and Highland mall retain and continue to operate under the name Mann's Chinese 6 Theatre.

In 2008, the land the theatre sits on was sold to the CIM Group for an undisclosed price. Mann Theatres continues to have a long-term lease on the venue for movie premieres and will continue to operate it as a film house. The land was sold to CIM by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation of New York and Barlow Respiratory Hospital of Los Angeles. CIM Group also owns the Hollywood and Highland retail mall next door to the Chinese Theatre, as well as numerous other residential and commercial properties in Hollywood. It was reported in 2011 that the theater will be sold to Elie Samaha and Donald Kushner , who are exploring ways to maximize the real estate opportunity.

The exterior of the theater is meant to resemble a giant, red Chinese pagoda . The architecture features a huge Chinese dragon across the front, two Authentic Chinese Ming Heavens dogs guard the main entrance, and the silhouettes of tiny dragons up and down the sides of the copper roof. To the dismay of many fans of historic architecture, the free-standing ticket booth was removed (which was not original to the theatre, but rather installed in the 1930s), along with the left and right neon marquees?but their absence brings the theatre back closer to its original state. The auditorium has recently been completely restored along with much of the exterior, however, the wear and tear on the physical structure over the years has caused some of the external d?cor to be removed, rather than repaired.

In 1944, 1945, and 1946 the Academy Awards ceremonies were held at the Chinese Theatre; they are now held at the adjacent Kodak Theatre .

Grauman's Chinese Theatre continues to serve the public as a first-run movie theater. Many Hollywood films have had their premieres at the Chinese Theatre throughout its history. Today its premieres are attended by celebrities and large throngs of fans as they have been since 1927.

Many older entries contain personal messages to Sid Grauman, such as Myrna Loy 's 1936 contribution. Loy's first job was as a dancer at the theater in the 1920s.

There are nearly 200 Hollywood celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs in the concrete of the theater's forecourt.

Variations of this honored tradition are imprints of the eye glasses of Harold Lloyd , the cigars of Groucho Marx and George Burns , the magic wands of Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe , Emma Watson and Rupert Grint , the legs of Betty Grable , the fist of John Wayne , the knees of Al Jolson , the ice skating blades of Sonja Henie , and the noses of Jimmy Durante and Bob Hope .

Western stars William S. Hart and Roy Rogers left imprints of their guns. The hoofprints of "Tony", the horse of Tom Mix , "Champion", the horse of Gene Autry , and " Trigger ", the horse of Rogers, were left in the concrete beside the prints of the stars who rode them in the movies.

So far, the only person not associated with the movie industry to have a signature and handprint in front of the theater is Grauman's mother. On February 19, 2011, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant became the second person outside the movie industry to be so honored when he had his handprints and footprints embedded. Additionally, Charles Nelson, the winner of a "Talent Quest," had his handprints and footprints embedded in the "Forecourt of the Stars."

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