El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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DonSolosan on January 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm

@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 19, 2014 at 7:31 pm

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 8:03 am

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 9:15 am

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 12:59 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 7, 2013 at 7:08 pm

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

Cliffs on November 7, 2013 at 3:15 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 6, 2013 at 7:33 pm

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 6, 2013 at 6:31 pm

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 2:54 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 5, 2013 at 6:24 pm

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 21, 2013 at 11:14 pm

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 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm

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 October 31, 2012 at 9:04 pm

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 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm

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

silver on September 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm

FWIW, the Roger Rabbit “Throwback Thursday” was also promoted a few times on their twitter feed over the past couple of weeks. @ElCapitanThtre Disney really needs to get their marketing act together for the El Capitan.

DonSolosan on September 4, 2012 at 9:14 am

It’s “Throwback Thursday,” and I missed it too. I didn’t see it on their web page, but it is on their Facebook page. They had people voting for which film they wanted to see.

Cliffs on September 4, 2012 at 2:46 am

I’m on their email list and heard NOTHING about a screening of Roger Rabbit. That really depresses me because I would have liked to be there. I just went back through all of my email “mailers” and not a single mention of Rollback Thursday or Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

dtrigubetz on September 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

8/30 follow up: The El Cap is experimenting with “Rollback Thursday”, bringing back “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, for a 7:30P showing. Everyone paid $10 and got a popcorn and beverage(16 oz. bottles in about 6 choices).

Pulling out the stops, organist Rob Richards, who normally only plays on Sat & Sun, was brought in to play before the movie and got a rousing applause from the estimated 275 in attendance. 5 or 6 nice door prizes were awarded, including 2 tickets to a Red Carpet event.

Get on their email list and learn about special screenings, such as the Indian animation “Arjun”, showing only at 9:20P for a few days starting 9/3.

dtrigubetz on September 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm

In 1950, when I was four my parents took me to see “Cinderella”. Happily the El Capitan brought it back in its original 4x3 format, and I caught the final 4:45P

show on 8/30, along with about 125 other patrons(surprised how many young adults were there).

The kids squealed when the confetti cannons from the boxes rained down colored discs, and after the movie loved picking them up. The lobby always has great displays and it was amusing to see a fearful little girl being gently prompted to have her photo taken by the little fish in the Finding Nemo display, as there was a large fearsome shark stalking the fish; courage prevailed and the little girl got my bravery medal.

Trolleyguy on March 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

The exterior of this theater is featured in the 2011 “Muppets” movie.

HowardBHaas on February 24, 2012 at 5:03 am

ABC’s Good Morning America is being broadcast right now live from the auditorium in a pre-Oscar show, with audience in the seats.

dtrigubetz on September 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm

This 65-year-old saw the “Lion King-3D”, for the first time last Friday at the 7:30 show. My ticket was only $11 and we had an enthusiastic crowd of about 750. The following night the line was around the block for a Conversation with Dr. Jane Goodall Featuring the Presentation of the 2011 Jane Goodall Global Leadership Awards.

I think both Graumans Chinese and the El Capitan will pick up a little more business as the new Cirque du Soleil show at the Kodak Theatre is drawing many patrons who have not visited Hollywood and Highland for years. That said, health inspectors need to cite illegal non-licensed food vendors that crowd the street and hurt brick and mortar tax paying businesses.

BhillH20 on May 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Its been around for 85 years now and still going strong!!

Ross Care
Ross Care on April 27, 2011 at 9:15 am

Photo of the 2006 revival of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA at the El Capitan.