The shivers start on September 12 with Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, presented in "4D," which includes the 2009 3D conversion of the 1993 stop-motion classic, enhanced with in-theatre lighting and effects. The film runs through September 25.
Next is Hocus Pocus, the 1993 film starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as Salem witches resurrected in modern times on Halloween Night. A bomb on its initial release, the film has mysteriously become a cult item without an intervening critical reappraisal. The engagement lasts September 26 through October 7.
Coco follows with a four-day engagement from October 10 though 13. The screening of the wonderful Disney-Pixar animated film, in which a young boy visits the land of the dead during Dia De Los Muertos, will be preceded by live musical and dance performances from grammy-winner Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea and Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles.
Finally, on October 18, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil - in which Angelina Jolie reprises the title role from the 2014 film - lands in El Capitan as part of its nationwide theatrical release.
El Capitan has traditionally screened The Nightmare Before Christmas during the last week of October in honor of the Halloween season. This is the first time the theatre has booked a six week series of Halloween-themed titles starting in September and leading up to the premier of a new nationwide release.
Tickets at El Capitan start at $11 for children and seniors. Adult admission is $14. $20 VIP admission includes a reserved seat, popcorn in souvenir tub, and 20-ounce bottled drink.
The address is 6838 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028. For more information or to reserve advance tickets, call 1-800 DISNEY6, or visit elcapitantheatre.com.