Inside, the hand painted depictions of Egyptian warriors in chariots, women weavers, pharaohs and gods are detailed to look as authentic as possible. Columns are topped with azul and lavender lotus leaves, while stand-alone (or actually, they’re sitting cross-legged) figures of pharaohs grace either side of the giant screen. A golden, winged scarab beetle, surrounded by swans (this was the ‘20s) crowns the top of the stage, and hieroglyphics frame the portals that are opera boxes.
Today, along with nationally touring artists, the theater hosts special 21 and older nights, where alcohol is served and the crowd can see perennial favorites such as “The Princess Bride.” The really perfect showing, though, is “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” All that adventure, and as much alcohol as you feel inclined to imbibe, set inside a theater rich with history and Egyptian heritage. It’s enough to feel like the trip of a lifetime.