El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Ross Care
Ross Care on April 27, 2011 at 11:15 am

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

Giles on March 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm

how well is the theater doing since ‘Mars Needs Moms’ has turned out to be an outright bomb for Disney?

TLSLOEWS on March 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Saw this theatre on T.V.last night,very nice.

dctrig on December 16, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Thanks for the great photos. I tried to buy a ticket online for tonight’s midnight show but it is sold out. May try to catch it at the Crest in Westwood. Wanted to make it a double feature as I’m going over to the Egyptian at 7:30 to see “Auntie Mame.”

FYI – Goldstar has discounted tickets for TRON. They usually have tix for all El Capitan attractions and occasional tix for the Egyptian, Aero, Silent Movie Theater.

NothingDiesWithBlueSkies on December 12, 2010 at 1:51 pm

The Premiere for “Tron: Legacy” was last night at the El Capitan. Disney really spared no expense.. great lighting.. the El Capitan looked awesome. I’ve posted some photos here:
Tron: Legacy premiere at the El Capitan

dctrig on December 9, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Thanks for the nice photos. As one who contributes annually 200 paid admissions to L A movie theater economy please let me point out the Hollywood High School auditorium just a block south of Hollywood Blvd on Highland.

The auditorium is frozen in the 1950s-absolutely no updates, with all wood seats. Their open to the public productions are only $5 seniors $8 general. I am going tonight at 7PM to see their production of “Black Orpheus, which runs through Sunday. I attended their November dance production three times; as a former dancer I found the choreography very good and entertaining. Disadvantaged students are giving a chance to perform. When was the last time you saw a 250 lb male dancer-he gamely perservered in many numbers.

For my money the Hollywood High productions are great value.

dctrig on December 1, 2010 at 8:38 pm

The Thanksgiving 7PM show of “Tangled” was another Disney winner. The theater was about two-thirds filled and what value for $15 seniors, $18 regular: Each attendee gets a gold coin commemorating Disney’s 50th animated motion picture, an oversized ducat, and a great pre-show.

Organist Rob Richards played to an appreciate audience followed by a nice Disney characters live show. The curtain work is excellent. Folks, if you are ever going to introduce your kids, grandkids, whomever, what the golden age of cinema was like please support the El Capitan. For organ enthusiatists Rob Richards will be presenting a special film and music program on January 15, 2011.

Giles on November 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm

thanks for the clarification DCTrig – I really need to do another trip to the LA area and just go to movies.

LawMann on November 11, 2010 at 11:10 am

One more thing, Bruce Martin (RIP) did a good job there as the chief projectionist back in the 90’s.

LawMann on November 11, 2010 at 11:08 am

I worked there as a projectionist when it was the Paramount and I saw a Disney movie there as a non-projectionist after I retired. To tell you the truth, I was never really impressed by this theatre whether working as a projectionist or as an audience member. It’s probably because Grauman’s Chinese theatre which is on the other side of Hollywood Blvd is a more historic and better place to see (and hear) films. One thing though, the El Cap sure has a better looking marquee.

dctrig on November 3, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Went a second time to see “Nightmare Before XMAS”, 9:15P show last Saturday. Almost 800 in the theater; my wait line extended into the alley way behind the El Capitan. Ushers were very efficient, passing out the 3D glasses and bell bracelets as we waited. The first week the bracelets were RED this week GREEN.

As I was famished I ordered the personal pizza which turned out to be quite tasty(better than a pizza I recently had at a pizzeria in N Hollywood).

dctrig on October 25, 2010 at 1:59 am

My $11 senior tix brought me a barrel of fun at the 7PM showing today of “Nightmare Before Christmas 3D”. Rob Richards played Phantom themed tunes before the show on the mighty Wurlitzer. We were given wrist bracelets with bells attached to shake when cued in the movie. Fun lighting and fog effects were used during the movie.

FYI, the Kids Combo for $5.50 gets you a soft drink, popcorn and small bag of M & M candy; you can add a jumbo hotdog-which I did- for $2.50.

Disney does it right with a souvenir quality jumbo ticket. About 300 were at my screening.

dctrig on October 13, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Giles- the $22 you refer to also includes a drink & popcorn. The $10-$13 seats constitute the vast majority of seating and actually are more screen friendly. The VIP seats are too close to an overpowering screen.

DonSolosan on October 12, 2010 at 8:45 pm

El Cap is the most successful single screen theater in the country and Disney is totally committed to it, so I don’t think it’s in any danger.

BradE41 on October 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I think because it was Monday at 9:45 and it is a film that is caters to Adults or the Family Audience. The El Capitan seems to make is killing with Pixar and other Disney event films. Guarantee when TRON opens in December the El Cap will be filled to the max through New Years day.

When I went to see Secretariat Friday opening day @ 4pm there were only about 25 people in the audience.

Giles on October 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm

well for starters Monday’s is the slowest day of the week, and two, 22 bucks for prime orchestra seats – major ouch – I thought we are still in a recession, personally I draw the line at $18.50 … tops.

dctrig on October 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Folks, I attended the 9:45PM showing of “Secretariat” on Monday 10/18. I expected a smallish crowd but there were only five of us! Each performance they have a free raffle for four club house tickets to Santa Anita and I won. What an experience for $10 senior/$13 general admission. On weekends the house organist plays the Wurlitzer, which I heard at the 7PM 9/5 screening of “Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue.” (A very cute movie). I counted about 95 in the audience. The show included a live Tinkerbell and cascading confetti.

Friends, this is very scary: How can the El Capitan draw only five people when they have a magnificent sign and marquee, Disney enterprises around the world to direct tourist traffic, a revitalized traffic heavy Hollywood Blvd (“Red” was premiering across the street at the Chinese). I assume Disney employees and retirees also get admission discounts.

I for one will attend every upcoming movie at the El Capitan and urge others to do so. Wake up Angelenos-do you know what you are in danger of losing?

DonSolosan on September 11, 2010 at 5:33 pm

How would you like to get a personal tour of the El Capitan while it was a work-in-progress by designer Joe Musil? Now, thanks to Matt Spero, you can. Part one of two:


You can find links to these and other theater videos on LAHTF’s YouTube channel.

William on June 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Theatre designer Joseph Musil passed away on June 29th. 2010 after a long illness, He was 74 years old.

PeeWeeValance on June 29, 2010 at 11:35 am

Loved the theater productions when the building next door was utilized for after film shows themed to the movie playing!

monika on June 1, 2010 at 8:59 pm

A May 2010 night shot I took:
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Giles on May 19, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I assume the soundsystem will be upgraded to 7.1 discrete digital sound for ‘Toy Story 3’s 3D engagement?

kencmcintyre on April 26, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I think those might be from 1999, if you look at the last photo.

DonSolosan on April 8, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Please explain how Disney is responsible for something that, from the link, appears to have happened in Michigan/Ohio? Plus that page is 5 years old!

hollywoodtheatres on April 6, 2010 at 12:57 am

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Classic Hollywood Cinemas
Box 3204
Hollywood, California 90028