Celebrate Elvis’ 75th birthday this evening at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Beginning at 5:30 PM, the event will feature films, special guest Francine York, music and karaoke from Roarshack, the biggest Elvis Mix ‘n Mingle trivia game and bingo west of Memphis from Wise Guys Events (with Elvis-related prizes), food vendors including banana and peanut butter pancake bites from Buttermilk Truck, BBQ from BarbiesQ and birthday cake for the entire audience from La Morenita Bakery.
Of course, there will be Elvis merchandise for sale from Hollywood Book & Poster and prizes from Warner Bros., Bettie Page Clothing, Taschen Books (at the Grove), the Grammy Museum’s “Elvis at 21” exhibit and Hollywood Book & Poster. The Pig ‘n’ Whistle will also be hosting a “no-host” bar in the Egyptian’s courtyard. I have no idea what a “no-host” bar is, but it sounds like an open bar. They should offer an open bar. It is what Elvis would have wanted.
Then at 7:30 PM, the Elvis Presley Double Feature will begin featuring:
ELVIS ’56, 1987, 61 min. Dir. Alan & Susan Raymond. A chronicle of Elvis’ breakthrough year when he rose from naive rock singer to world famous superstar. Featuring rare performance footage and most of the 22 songs he recorded in 1956… “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender” and more. Band member Levon Helm narrates.
JAILHOUSE ROCK, 1957, Warner Bros., 96 min. Dir. Richard Thorpe. Elvis Presley is serving a term for manslaughter. Once the King is released from jail, he quickly rises to the top as a rock ‘n’ roll singer. Special guest, Francine York.
Entrance to courtyard activities is with paid admission only. Tickets are $11 for general admission, $10 for KCRW members, $9 for students and $7 for American Cinematheque members. Tickets can be purchased in advance on Fandango.com, see the event’s web site for more information. Food trucks are cash only.