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Fundraiser for The Center at Heat Bar and Kitchen to spotlight Hillcrest's historic Egyptian district

SAN DIEGO -- A fashion show fundraiser benefiting The San Diego LGBT Community Center will be held on Saturday, June 29 at Heat Bar and Kitchen in Hillcrest's historic Egyptian District.

The benefit is being organized by a group of business owners who want to show-off the culture and personality of the district, which is enjoying a modern-day renaissance

This area, which consists of the block of Park Boulevard between University and Robinson avenues, has a number of buildings with an Egyptian Revival architectural flare. According to the San Diego History Center, there were two periods of public interest in Egyptian culture, sparked by events such as the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922.

The Egyptian craze especially flourished in Southern California, primarily because the fantastical architectural designs were accepted more readily here because of the specific influence of movie in the area, a lack of "old money" blue-blood families, a general 1920s atmosphere of "anything goes" and an upsurge in the construction of "period revival" homes and buildings.

In June 1926, the "exotic" Bush Egyptian Move Theater opened at 3812 Park Blvd., just south of University Ave. It was one of San Diego's original luxury movie houses and patrons entered past huge columns in an open courtyard lobby to enter. Surrounding the theater are several buildings that were built in the Egyptian Revival style, which still stand today, including an apartment building that was built to look like King Tut's tomb.

The theater closed in 1997 and all that's left of it is the original facade and pillars, which were built into the modern Egyptian condo complex.

The "Turn Up The Heat" summer fashion show and cocktail luncheon will point out the district's growth and encourage residents to visit the many shops, restaurants and other businesses in the area.

The fashion show will display current vintage retro looks by Edith Ernestine Fashion & Lifestyle and Cat Lewis’ Sew-Cal Designs with music compliments of The Matthews Co. Featured stylists include Morgan Freeman, Jeanelle Rosete and Carrie Gonzales. Heat Bar and Kitchen will provide a seasonally inspired, all natural lunch crafted from local fresh ingredients and a complimentary cocktail during the show.

Tickets to the event are $20 and can be purchased online. RSVPs can also be made by calling 619-548-2329.

The luncheon will begin at noon and go until 3 pm.

Heat Bar and Kitchen is located at 3797 Park Blvd. For more information, click HERE or HERE.


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The old Egyptian Theater, which was located at 3812 Park Blvd. Photo Credit: Hillquest.com

More photos of Hillcrest's Egyptian District can be HERE on JoelnSouthernCA's Flickr photo stream.