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We?re not waiting until Halloween to wear a costume: This Saturday, we?ve got tickets to the Egyptian Theatre?s masquerade ball, an open-to-the-public event where guests dress the way patrons did when the theater opened in October 1922.

We?re jazzed for live music as well as general revelry, all designed to help benefit this showplace movie palace, the site of the first-ever Hollywood premiere (a stunt by master showman Sid Grauman to promote both his theater and Douglas Fairbanks?s Robin Hood). Tickets start at $20 and benefit nonprofit programmers American Cinematheque.

As for what to expect at the event, we?re looking forward to watching a series of silent shorts (remember, the talkies didn?t boom until 1927), indulging in a Middle Eastern buffet and speakeasy and creating some ?Hollywood screen tests? (in reality, commemorative flipbooks). Libations include cocktails from the Varnish, Musso & Frank and Sadie.

And of course, what?s a costume party without, well, a costume? Check out stores and rental companies like the Costume House or Le Luxe for dresses modeled after those in The Artist. Or go with a fun variation like an Egyptomania ensemble (a pith helmet and khakis) or mummy-esque affair (lots of bandages). 

Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 323-466-3456 or

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