El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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bonbon on July 9, 2009 at 7:10 am

I was at on the top floor at Hollywood & Highland today and I’m curious as to who the people are in the reliefs at the top of the building. Sorry if I overlooked this information if it has been previously mentioned.

igoudge on June 28, 2009 at 6:47 pm

the booth would have been amazing to have seen for sure sooooo jealous ;–)

Tim Garrison
Tim Garrison on June 28, 2009 at 9:39 am

My first experience with this theater was this month seeing Pixar’s “UP”. And it was easily the most amazing theater experience I ever had. I was taken on a tour of the theater, got to go in the projection room. I loved their Wall of Fame showcasing all the premieres the theater had hosted. The organ performance, the curtain show, the live stage performance…almost brought me to tears it was such an experience. Greatest theater I’ve ever stepped foot in. And they turn the house around in less than 20 minutes. Insanity. Here’s a picture of the marquee from June 2nd, 2009 for “Up”


igoudge on June 26, 2009 at 9:27 pm

First time to LA and I was able to catch the Nightmare before Christmas here in 3d totally awesome and the condition of the theatre is amazing, a virtual palace of Hollywoods yesteryear.

Patsy on May 9, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Joe: Quite the interior photo! Thanks. BTW……in a book entitled Lucy A to Z by Michael Karol there is mention of this theatre on page 114.

“This is the Hollywood Boulevard theater in which Desi Arnaz and his band played for Bob Hope’s radio show in 1947.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 26, 2009 at 7:28 am

Ken, you are right and USC is wrong. Those three pictures do depict the Downtown Paramount.

This is the El Capitan’s auditorium.

kencmcintyre on April 26, 2009 at 6:18 am

This is definitely the El Capitan, circa late 1930s:

kencmcintyre on April 26, 2009 at 2:43 am

Interior photos from 1939, from the USC archive. I thought maybe this was the Paramount in downtown, but I will go by the caption.

kencmcintyre on February 27, 2009 at 9:53 pm

The LA Times reported today that Martin Weil has passed away. He was a past president of the LA Conservancy and a renovation expert. He was involved in the renovation of the El Capitan in the 1990s.

kencmcintyre on November 28, 2008 at 11:31 pm

The other El Capitan on Vine Street can be seen at the top of the page in this undated photo from Life Magazine:

Bway on October 16, 2008 at 4:47 pm

I was in it about 5 years ago, and it is absolutely stunning inside.

AdoraKiaOra on October 14, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Will that continue in the future or not. It looked to be in pretty good condition in general when I walked past last Saturday

William on October 14, 2008 at 4:05 pm

And Disney helped to pay some of the price tag to do alittle restoration work on the Pantages for the opening of “Lion King” Broadway show. But it was a budget restoration of the house. There was more planned when they did back then, but they had to cut back on the project.

Bway on October 14, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Wow, so Disney is selling the theater? Why?
Do they own any of the other theaters on Hollywood Blvd? I know they have done some things at the Pantages.

AdoraKiaOra on October 14, 2008 at 1:52 pm

An article from UK newspaper ‘The Independent’ printed on Oct 11th 2008.

Jamie Merrill.
For Sale: The El Capitan Theatre, a unique piece of Hollywood history and a bargain at just $31M. The sale of this splendiferous gilded theatre is a rare chance for one wealthy individual to own a slice of Hollywood history.
Located on Hollywood Boulevard, alongside the historic Hollywood Walk Of Fame, the El Capitan was built in 1926 by Charles Toberman, the real estate developer many called the ’‘Father Of Hollywood’‘ (he put up 36 stylish buildings in the heart of Hollywood). On its debut on 3rd May 1926, when it launched as ’‘Hollywood’s First Home Of Spoken Drama’‘, stars of stage and screen attended its first show, 'Charlots Revue’, starring Jack Buchanan, Gertrude Lawrence and Beatrice Lillie.
The value of the cinema and playhouse (opposite the Kodak Theatre where the Oscars are presented) can only be boosted by the fact t hat it was where ‘Citizen Kane’ had its world premiere. From 1926 to 1936, more than 120 live shows were produced there, including ‘No,No, Nanette’, ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘Ah Wilderness’. Its stage was graced by such stars as Will Rogers, Clark Gable and Joan Fontaine.
Tom Bower, the realtor selling the six-storey theatre, office building and retail store, unimaginatively described the opportunity to buy the El Capitan as chance to take advantage of ‘'a stable occupancy history and an opportunity for an investor to capitalise on long-term rent and absorption of Hollywood’‘. But he has a point. Entrepreneurs take note: as well as being a piece of Hollywood history, the El Capitan is a profitable business and is reportedly the highest-grossing single screen theatre in America, with more than 100 seats, state-of-the-art digital projection and sound, a refurbished 1928 Wurlitzer pipe organ and a screen that rises to reveal a 50ft stage for live shows.
Not too shabby for $31M

AdoraKiaOra on October 12, 2008 at 4:14 pm

I walked past yesterday and took a few pics of the rear of ‘El Capitain’, I will post on my return to the UK.

kencmcintyre on October 12, 2008 at 8:45 am

The El Capitan in its original incarnation can be seen in this 1928 USC photo:

haineshisway on October 8, 2008 at 12:17 am

I also saw two Doctors there – Dr. Zhivago and Doctor Dolittle.

William on October 8, 2008 at 12:16 am

I mean steamed Hot Dogs.

William on October 8, 2008 at 12:09 am

I would say Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 70MM. During the SRO days that incredible waterfall curtain and the streamed Hot Dogs and a Dr. Pepper.
Midnight Express, China Syndrome played well in this large theatre.

Ok this is from it’s El Capitan days, running Snow White for a week.