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El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
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  • El Capitan TheatrePro 2014
    Alice Ly
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    5 Mar 19, 2014

    My first visit to El Capitan was when I was a kid and my cousin took me to watch Pocahontas :) She even bought me a commemorative pin that had El Capitan's name and Pocahontas' picture on it. Such nostalgia!

    Nowadays I always keep up with this theater's showings since I love their gallery shows downstairs that give the visit extra oomph. I also dress up sometimes depending on the movie theme.

    I've watched:

    - Iron Man 3 3D
    - The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki's last film in Japanese audio)
    - The Little Mermaid (Dressed up as Nerdy Ariel)
    - Nightmare Before Christmas (Dressed up as Wednesday Addams Sally)

    I had VIP seats for Iron Man 3D but I don't mind the general seating at all as I prefer the balcony area.

    Overall a beautiful and nostalgic setting to enjoy specific movies :)

    Cheap $2 parking with validation at Hollywood and Highland too!

    Or take the Red Line Metro.

    Love this theater!

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    Robert S
    5 May 26, 2013

    El Capitan opened on May 3, 1926 with Charlot’s Revue starring Gertrude Lawrence and Jack Buchanan. For a decade it presented live plays, with over 120 productions including such legends as Clark Gable and Joan Fontaine. When Orson Welles was unable to locate a theatre owner willing to risk screening Citizen Kane, he turned to El Capitan. In 1941, Citizen Kane had its world premiere there. Disney did an amazing job restoring this old movie palace, and the space now also offers a gallery of Disney animated work (cells, drawings, etc.), and also an old-fashioned soda fountain. Tickets are a bit pricey, but shows include a live pre-show, usually on the theme of the featured movie. Visit their website (http://elcapitan.go.com/) for showtime and ticket information.

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  • El Capitan Theatre
    Jason Cohen
    4 Mar 19, 2013

    Stop by here even if you only have a few minutes if you want to get a good glimpse of the ornate as well as historic architecture that this theatre showcases. The rich colors and motifs are definitely worth studying. Unfortunately I only had time to witness the exterior. It's only a hop, skip and jump from the more famous Grauman Chinese Theatre and Hollywood & Highland landmark building on the same block, while on the sidewalk in front of the theatre has some of the world-famous embedded stars of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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    Jeff kuo
    5 Dec 15, 2012

    Watched Wreck it Ralph here with friends & gf. Great venue dedicated to 1 disney movie at a time. Great for kids, especially with their super cheesy skit performance at the beginning. Worth going to at least once.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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    Steph Chen
    4 Dec 08, 2012

    Came here for a showing of Wreck It Ralph. They really get into the movie spirit here! There was a pre-show, a little arcade set-up next to the theatre, and an impressive art exhibit downstairs - all centered around the movie. It was a lot of fun, and this seems like a great place to take your family's little ones to see a movie.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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    travel33
    5 Oct 27, 2012

    I don't have kids so I never felt the need to go to the El Capital theater to watch a movie. I heard such great things about the theater so I decided to check it out to watch The Muppet Movie. The general admission tickets cost $15 (for adults). They also offer VIP tickets for $25 which includes reserved "center" seating, popcorn and a drink. It's a pretty good deal.

    Before the movie began, someone came out to welcome us to the theater and did a quick introduction. Then another person came out to sing Christmas songs (sing-a-long) where Miss Piggy and Kermit joined him on stage. It was really cool to see a interactive show. I had such a fun time.

    The interior of the movie theater is gorgeous! If you haven't already, whether you have kids or not you should go watch a movie there.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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    Caslyn Huck
    4 Jul 20, 2012

    Great fun for the kids. Be ready to spend your money right after the movie since you exit through the gift shop.

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    MARiAN L
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    El Capitan is such a cool movie theatre. It is the premiere house for all Disney movies. They have only one screen and only one movie shows there on selected dates. I recommend that everyone watch a Disney movie there at least once. The theatre is historic and was created during the Golden Age of Hollywood. All the employees I have encountered there have been friendly and helpful. When you come in before the movie there is an organist playing popular songs from Disney soundtracks. When he is finished playing the floor opens up and he descends into the basement.

    Usually Disney has some sort of special event that goes on with movie. When I saw Pirates, they had a special effects show. Alice in Wonderland, they had music and confetti. Tron, they had a laser light show. Some of the animal ones, they bring actual animals on stage. For Cars and Toy Story, they gave you admission tickets to a mini carnival behind the theatre. Sometimes they also give you a souvenir to go with the show.

    Normal tickets are usually $18. You can buy discount tickets on Goldstar. I'd recommend going during the week or when little kids are in school or are sleeping because I've seen really long lines to get in. The theatre also sells VIP tickets that include popcorn and the best seats. I usually get the regular ticket cuz I think most of the seats in the house are good.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • El Capitan TheatrePro 2014
    Jaak Treiman
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Showcasing an ornate East Indian interior and a Spanish Colonial exterior, El Capitan opened in 1926 as a live theater. Converted to a movie house in the 1940s El Capitan was the site of numerous world premiers, perhaps the most famous being Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. Walt Disney Company and Pacific Theaters bought the site in 1989 and performed a two-year, museum quality restoration. It is now the exclusive first run theater for Walt Disney Pictures while also hosting live stage shows, world premiers and other special events. The extravagant interior is worth seeing.

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    Broke Girl's Guide
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    #BeOut

    Reward yourself for being an early riser and catch a matinee at one of the iconic old Hollywood theaters around the corner -- The El Capitan, Grauman's Chinese Theatre or The Egyptian. Yes, you've surely driven by these movie houses on boring, obligatory tours for sightseeing out-of-towners, but oozing with Hollywood history and renovated with state-of-the-art technical overhauls, they truly are some of the best places to catch a flick, not just in LA, but anywhere.

    BrokeGirlsGuide.com

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    W A I ' A L A
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    3 Mar 16, 2014

    Family Fun in a Beautiful and Creative Disney Setting. A must for all kids and kids at heart.

    Recommended for:Art & Design LoversFamily TravelersHistory BuffsLocal Culture
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    Tiffany G
    5 Sep 01, 2013

    Disney's Main Theater, so much fun for the kids!

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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    Frances S
    5 Jun 08, 2013
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    Pj M
    5 May 28, 2013

    Great Venue! Fully restored..just beautiful!

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    Denise B
    5 May 17, 2013

    You can walk here.

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    4 Sep 16, 2013
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    Audrey Lo "@GogobotAudrey"
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Parents and lovers of old-style Hollywood glamour and musical productions enjoy visiting the El Capitan Theatre because the Disney pre-theater live stage productions are as much a part of the theater going experience as the main event Disney films. The El Capitan Theatre opened in 1926 as a venue for theater productions until 1936. In 1941, it premiered Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" and then closed for renovations. A year later it reopened as a movie house under a new name, the Hollywood Paramount. In 1989, The Walt Disney Company and the Pacific Theatres, worked together to restore the elaborate Spanish Colonial exterior and colorful, lavish East Indian interior of this legendary theater. The newly restored theater was reopened in 1991.

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