El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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DonSolosan on December 22, 2015 at 6:59 am

RJ, you saw Force twice in the same day?

RJwestla on December 20, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Saw “Force” here yesterday. The co branded Christie\Dolby vision laser projector looked good. The blacks were true deep black. They did run a trailer for the Dolby vision system, but not for Atmos. As for the sound, it was lacking the oomph on the low end. To me, it came across somewhat flat. Still looks like Regency’s Village theatre is the go to for Dolby Atmos.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on October 20, 2015 at 8:21 pm

It depends. “Ant Man” opened just at the Chinese.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is opening at the Chinese as well.

segask on October 19, 2015 at 12:14 am

they are having the Star Wars marathon here on Dec 17. It should really be at the Chinese across the street.

Has Disney been allowing their IMAX releases to open at the Chinese along with the regular format here at the El Cap?

Giles on October 12, 2015 at 5:25 am

I see that ‘The Black Cauldron’ is being shown Oct 15-18! wow – could a bluray materialize in 2016 – anyone planning on seeing this? I’d assume this is a DCP.

RobertAlex on May 26, 2015 at 4:37 am

Came here this weekend to check out Tomorrowland in Dolby Vision. I was sitting in the front row of the balcony, and the entire presentation was great. The Atmos sound was good, not sure if it was this mix or the theater but I have heard Atmos sound way better elsewhere. The picture was really bright and the colors were just incredible. There was no Atmos or Vision trailers which was a shame.

moviebuff82 on August 7, 2014 at 12:53 am

Saw this theater during footage of Drunk History….read my post on the chinese

Giles on July 4, 2014 at 5:37 am

can someone comment on how the Dolby Atmos system sounds – I know that both here and the Dolby Theater factor in that both auditoriums have balconies – how is sound dispersed in a theater that has mult-tiered seating?

DavidSimpson on July 2, 2014 at 2:12 pm

I went to see “Malificent” last night, the recent re-working of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, starring Angelina Jolie. The feature was preceded by a very elaborate live magic show starring Greg Wilson which really added to the occasion. I’ve added some photos I took. They aren’t that great (I was in the back row of the circle) but hopefully they give an idea of the really elaborate lighting and stage effects. All this, and the film was in 3D (which was excellent), for only $13 for me as a senior (and only $16 for adults) made this a wonderful evening’s entertainment. And there was also a comprehensive display of props from the film! Just a shame the audience (for the 7.30pm show) was a bit sparse, with most of them in the stalls and only about half a dozen of us in the huge rear circle.

bella_1990 on March 7, 2014 at 9:33 pm

I disagree on having someone on stage singing, making kids cry because they weren’t choosen to be on stage making me wanna leave and never coming back! Disappointed

DonSolosan on January 20, 2014 at 6:03 am

@GeorgeC, that “big question” should include “do we preserve the historic elements of these buildings, because we don’t know what the future holds”? The El Cap is a good example — they’re using the stage and proscenium to great effect…

GeorgeC on January 20, 2014 at 3:31 am

Before the restore, the Paramount had a terrific curved 70mm screen … great for viewing Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

No question that installing these wide screens upset the original proscenium arch… not only at the Paramount, but the Chinese, Egyptian, Warner Hollywood and most every movie palace.

At the same time because of their size, these movie palaces could easily accommodate the largest screens and were the ideal place for an audience to get the full impact of Scope and 70mm. Check out the photo of the D-150 screen at Cinema treasures Egyptian site to get an idea. This was the screen before the AFI renovation.

The proscenium arch was a carry over from live theater, where it helped hide stage craft and kept audiences focused on center stage. It was never needed for projecting movies, no matter what aspect ratio was projected. Most movie palaces were converted vaudeville houses and live stage acts were still occasionally booked along with the feature. Keeping the arch made sense.

But with recent restorations, it doesn’t seem as if anyone was aware that the original proscenium arch and modern screen aspect ratios didn’t fit together well. The big question should have been, do we focus on the best screening experience or an architectural feature that’s part of the experience only when the house lights are up?

KramSacul on December 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Never thought the screen size was small at the El Capitan but it depends on what aspect ratio the screen is set up for since they seem to mask it down vertically for scope (common width). 1.85:1 films are pretty tall. Taller than anything at Arclight for sure.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on November 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm

The Cap has a good sized screen, but if the ONLY thing I cared about was screen size, there are other theatres to go to. I don’t go to The Cap just for the screen size. I go to The Cap for the entire package.

Cliffs on November 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

Well now that Arclight appears to be in a separate booking district, I would assume Ep 7 would also play the Dome, but in their patented “sh!t-D” 3D experience.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on November 8, 2013 at 3:08 am

I pity the poor souls who have to watch Episode 7 here in December 2015.

Cliffs on November 7, 2013 at 11:15 am

I would even say that the biggest screens (not the Dome, but the complex screens) at Arclight Hollywood are as big or maybe bigger than the El Capitan.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on November 7, 2013 at 3:33 am

There are screens at run of the mill multiplexes BIGGER than the one at El Capitan. Not joking. For all the lavishness they put into the theatre including the high priced VIP seating and pre-movie shows, that screen is SMALL SMALL SMALL. No wider than 50 feet in my guesstimation.

Becky Watkins
Becky Watkins on November 7, 2013 at 2:31 am

Does anyone know the screen size of El Capitan? Or if exact feet is not known, how it compares to any of the following: Newport Big 6, Graumans, Orange ETX, Cinemark Orange, Gardenwalk Anaheim. Thanks!

moviebuff82 on May 6, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Iron Man 3 had its world premiere in the US at this theater. How fitting, since Disney owns marvel. I wonder if Star Wars Episode VII will play here due to lucasfilm now owned by disney.

KingBiscuits on February 6, 2013 at 2:24 am

I wonder if Disney is going to consider selling the theatre due to the fact they only seem to release a new movie every few months now (and they never play DreamWorks titles at the theatre).

dtrigubetz on January 22, 2013 at 7:14 am

Correction: The Classic Card offer is no longer being offered. I received the Cards each in a clear plastic box with tinsel, a info card, and the actual card, each decked out in a red ribbon.

The Cards can be used by anyone as there is no name on the Card. LOL, the offer expired on 1/18 and actually allowed a purchase of up to 100 Cards(that’s 400 people). I hope some worthy group took advantage of this fantastic offer.

dtrigubetz on January 15, 2013 at 5:39 am

Bargain Alert! Until 1/18/13 the Cap is offering a Classic Movie Card for $25: You get four admissions which can be used individually or all at once, 4 popcorns and 4 sodas and can be used until 3/6 for Peter Pan, Mulan or Lady and the Tramp.

I ordered 4 sets online and they ship in 3-5 days. I called the # listed and of course learned that the cards are non transferable. The person on the credit card purchase only can use it + guests. I’m not sure if one can bring say 7 guests and use 2 cards. These cards are not sold at the box office.

segask on November 1, 2012 at 4:04 am

well I guess Star Wars ep. 7 will play here in 2015. Those liningup.com or countingdown.com or whatever fans won’t have to walk as far now, lol. Remember what happened back in ‘05 with ep. 3? Lucas/Fox booked it into the Dome instead of Grauman’s, but the SW fans camped out in front of Grauman’s anyway for six weeks, then marched down Hollywood blvd and over to Sunset on opening midnight. For ep. 7 they’ll only have to walk across the street, lol.

dtrigubetz on September 10, 2012 at 7:08 am

I can’t believe there were only 13 of us at the El Capitan on a Saturday night for the 9:20PM screening of Arjun: The Warrior Prince! Yes, it was in Hindu, but the English subtitles were very readable and the story very simple to follow. To its credit the organist Ed Vodicka was not sent home early but played for the pre-show. Los Angeles/Orange County has a huge and affluent Indian population. Did Disney not market to them? Does Disney not cross-market the El Capitan to the millions of visitors to Disneyland, never mind all the Disney theme parks worldwide? LA Times says we are having a banner tourism year and the El Cap did have Arjun on their marquee with the showing time listed for thousands of passersby to see. Very depressing.

FYI, theater management can’t wait for the scaffolding to come down, but apparently in retrofitting the office bldg they had to install additional steel rods and the such.

BTW, Grauman’s is sold out for the “Godfather” showing at 8PM, on 9/10. I do have a few extra tix; if anyone needs one email me