Okay, the seats are creaky, but the Egyptian is one of the few remaining movie houses with only one screen, and a very large one at that.
Also, the selection of movies is impressive, from "Amelie" to "Brokeback Mountain."
Ornate Egyptian Revival/art deco interior decor makes this a classy if funky stand-out after one has suffered through monstrosities such as the Metro theatres or the Meridian 16 (never again).
There WERE more opulent movie theaters, but they're ALL gone (the Fifth Avenue with its Beijing Temple of Heaven decor now does only stage productions of musicals; don't count the Cinerama as one, it's purely World's Fair circa 1962 in style). The closest comparison would be the Neptune, which, I'm very surprised, has not been turned in a multiplex with a honeycomb of screening rooms.
Pray AGAINST the day that the Landmark Corporation doesn't tear the whole building down and put up a 6-story condo/multi-cinema-plex. We've been awfully lucky so far.