El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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frenchjr25
frenchjr25 on October 20, 2003 at 2:57 pm

Thanx so much for clearing up the confusion over the other El Capitain theatre. In many large cities there have been many theatres with more than one name, and one name can end up being used over time for many different places.

Thanx,
William

HarryLime
HarryLime on October 19, 2003 at 4:35 pm

The Hollywood Playhouse (1927 – 1945), located at 1735 North Vine Street, recently The Palace and now The Avalon Theatre (a Clear Channel operation), was formerly the El Capitan, and the Jerry Lewis Theatre

unknown
unknown on October 19, 2003 at 3:30 pm

This is true about the Hollywood Palace.

To further confuse things, there was also another “El Capitan Theatre” name applied to another theatre
on H'wood Blvd. “This Is Your Life” was b'cast from there and about 1954
Laurel and Hardy were saluted on this program for their comedic efforts during the preceeding 30 years.

DennisPierce
DennisPierce on October 18, 2003 at 2:44 pm

Hollywood Palace was on Vine Street a block north of Hollywood & Vine and across the street from the Capitol Records building.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on October 18, 2003 at 4:20 am

The Hollywood Palace was a different building. As far as I can remember, this theater has always shown movies.

frenchjr25
frenchjr25 on October 17, 2003 at 7:20 pm

If I am not mistaken, this is the theatre were many of Hollywoods greatest TV shows were broadcast. Texaco Star Theatre came from here as well as many others. I know that they came from the El Capitan Theatre in the LA area. It should be the same theatre that was renamed the Hollywood Palace for the TV show of the same name in the 1960s.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on February 5, 2003 at 10:33 am

Disney may have renovated the theater, but they need some serious work on how they operate this theater. On visiting one afternoon with my daughter, I was accused of sneaking in even though I produced ticket stubs! The accusation occurred as the show was starting. Will never set foot there again.

tomdelay
tomdelay on September 26, 2002 at 9:55 pm

The El Cap also now contains the famous 4 manual 36 rank Wurlitzer from the late, great San Francisco Fox Theatre (1929-1963. Cheers to the Disney Corporation for placing this magnificent instrument in the El Cap!

BHousos
BHousos on February 24, 2002 at 9:22 am

Building architects were Morgan, Walls, & Clements. Theater opened on May 3, 1926. Theater architect was G. Albert Lansburgh.

William
William on October 4, 2001 at 12:48 pm

The El Capitan was remodeled in the early 40’s, and renamed The Paramount it had an Art Moderne / Art Deco look. That remodel would remain till the Disney remodel. As the Paramount theatre it had one of the BEST waterfall curtains in town. From the mid 60’s this theatre was run by Loew’s then Century Theatres, Statewide theatres, a short time with GCC, then SRO theatres, then Pacific theatres. Before Pacific theatres ran the Paramount, SRO had the theatre, They were thinking to do a restoration at one time. But found it would have cost a lot of money at the time, so they dropped the project.

Bill
Bill on March 8, 2001 at 12:39 pm

Disney uncovered the original walls that were covered up with plaster and restored the El Capitan to its original splendor. The exterior is Spanish Colonial and the interior is East Indian. The theater seats 1,550.