El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Blvd

Hollywood, CA
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  • $15 adults, $13 children and seniors
  • VIP Admission: $24 (includes popcorn, soft drink, reserved seat)
  • Group Rates: $11 (for twenty or more)

EL CAPITAN THEATER FEATURES: One of the most beautiful theatres from the golden age of movie palaces, El Capitan was restored to its former glory several years ago by Disney, which now uses the theatre to premier its brand new films. The interior decor is colorful; the seating is comfortable; the screen and sound are excellent (many films are shown in digital projection here).

EL CAPITAN THEATER HIGHLIGHT: The balcony gives an excellent view of the screen, and it holds you up close to the theatre’s richly detailed ceiling, a wonder to behold in and of itself. (A few years ago, while waiting for the premier of the latest Disney animated film to begin, my youngest nephew was tryngto convince his older brother that had had been along with us for a previous premier. “You’re always saying you saw things that happened before you were born,” the older newphew said. The younger nephew replied, without missing a beat, “I was watching from heaven.” Intrigued, I asked, “Really? What does heaven look like?” My nephewlooked around at the fabulous ceiling so close above our heads andsaid with complete sincerity, “Like here!” That’s a pretty fair assessment of the view from El Capitan’s balcony.)

EL CAPITAN THEATER PROGRAMMING: Being Disney-owned, El Capitan tends to feature each major Disney feature film release, usually for an extended engagement. The theatre also showcases classic Disney films (20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, THE LITTLE MERMAID, etc) a week or two before they are released on DVD. Every October, Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS screens in the theatre, usually with a filmmakers discussion panel on opening night; for the first time in 2006, the film was enhanced with computerized 3D.

EL CAPITAN THEATER EXTRAS: The movie screenings are often preceded by live stage shows, consisting of actors dressed up as classic Disney characters, singing (or lip-synching) to taped renditions of famous tunes from their musical animated films.

EL CAPITAN THEATER DRAWBACK: Ticket prices tend to be high, because they usually include the cost of a live-stage show preceding the movie. You have to deal with traffic on Hollywood Blvd, and parking can be difficult. Fortunately, it’s worth all the effort, once you get inside the theatre.


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