El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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haineshisway on October 7, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Boys, this isn’t a chat board – e-mail is a wonderful thing. And so is the Paramount/El Capitan, which is what this is supposed to be about.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on October 7, 2008 at 3:15 pm

William; When in NYC about 15 years ago, I took a couple of shots of an off-Broadway theater which was functioning as a black church. A service was underway in the auditorium but invited to only peek inside. Bottle green curtains, in bad shape, dressed the stage.
The lobby had off-white Gothic columns accented with pink or mauve along with gold waterfall drapes and a tall 5/tier slender chandelier.
I’d like to put a name to this place. Can you assist me, please?

William on October 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm

I lived next the Hellinger for 6 years, on the dressing room side of the building. It looks like the church is going to hold on to that gem for a long time.

roxy1927 on October 7, 2008 at 1:49 pm

But it won’t be a great movie palace like the Hellinger with stage facilities!
Just look at the Marquee, Minskoff and Gershwin.
Ugh! And architects were paid money for these things.
Can you imagine?

William on October 7, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Well the Nederlander Organization were fools to sell the theatre to the church for $17 million. Well next year marks the 20th. anniversary of the sale. There is a new complex going up on 8th Ave. which will include a new Broadway theatre.

roxy1927 on October 7, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Too bad Disney won’t buy the Mark Hellinger back from the church and turn it into the El Capitan of New York.
One of the most beautiful theaters in NY.
It’s sale was criminal.

Giles on October 7, 2008 at 12:24 pm

did anyone see the Sleeping Beauty presentation? I would assume it was in the new wider 2.55:1 aspect ratio that the dvd/bluray has

kencmcintyre on October 5, 2008 at 9:20 pm

This undated ad was on the restroom wall at the Hollywood & Highland complex:

kencmcintyre on October 2, 2008 at 5:18 pm

I’d like to know how Placido Domingo’s agent pitched his role as the voice of a dog in this film. Maybe La Scala was booked.

KramSacul on September 6, 2008 at 4:51 pm

The El Capitan has a top notch DLP setup so I don’t think you’ll miss much.

Giles on August 19, 2008 at 11:32 am

yes that would be the more ideal way to experience this film.

KJB2012 on August 19, 2008 at 11:20 am

Actually one would hope that it screens in it’s original 70MM.

Giles on August 19, 2008 at 10:13 am

is the upcoming engagement of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ digital projection or 35mm?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 7, 2008 at 8:54 pm

I don’t think anything remains from the 1942 renovation.

Broan on June 7, 2008 at 12:40 pm

The 1942 renovation was by well-known architect William Pereira.

Patsy on June 2, 2008 at 7:04 am

Great photo showing not only the marquee, but the ornate building above the marquee.

KJB2012 on May 27, 2008 at 6:16 pm

The El Capitan is one of the best theatres in the world. Just leave it alone. To redo it in the Art Deco decor would be a crime against World Heritage. We should all be thankful that Disney has spent the time and money on making El Capitan the showplace of Los Angeles!
Nobody does it better than Disney!

BradE41 on May 27, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Some people do think that Art Deco is artistically stunning also.

jazzland on May 27, 2008 at 3:19 pm

The El Capitan is a spectacular, historically accurate, restored building and, any renovation the converts it back to it’s art deco days, would be tasteless and idiotic.

BradE41 on May 27, 2008 at 2:34 pm

I think it is time to remodel it back to the Paramount with the Art Deco decor. The El Capitan is tacky with its Disneyland look.

Patsy on May 27, 2008 at 9:06 am

The photo shows the name PARAMOUNT though the marquees are different if you compare the photo you posted to the one on this link.

Patsy on May 27, 2008 at 9:04 am

Warren: Fabulous 1956 photo!! Must rent that Hitchcock thriller.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 8, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Patsy and William: I don’t think the reference in Karol’s book could be to the El Capitan on Vine. From the early 1940s until 1949, the El Capitan on Vine Street was the venue of Ken Murray’s Blackouts, an extraordinarily popular stage review which ran for 3,844 performances, so I doubt the theatre would have been available for any other purpose.

Desi Arnaz was the bandleader on Bob Hope’s weekly (Tuesday night) radio show in 1946 and 1947, but I’m pretty sure the show originated from the NBC studios at Sunset and Vine, and the band would probably have been in the studio, as a rule.

It’s possible that the book is correct about the venue, though. Maybe Arnaz and the band did play at the Paramount Theatre at least once during 1947. Paramount’s production and exhibition arms were still united in 1947, and Bob Hope’s movies were released through Paramount. Any or all of his 1947 films (he made three that year) are likely to have had runs at the Hollywood Paramount. If so, then a remote broadcast of the radio show from the theatre (with Arnaz leading the orchestra as usual), to promote a Bob Hope movie, would not have been out of the question.

I’m just speculating about this, of course, but such an event at the Paramount seems more likely than an appearance by the Arnaz orchestra at the El Capitan on Vine in that year.

Patsy on May 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm

William: Thank you and I shall advise the author of this.