El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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kencmcintyre on April 26, 2009 at 12:18 am

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

kencmcintyre on April 25, 2009 at 8:43 pm

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 3:53 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 5:31 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 10:47 am

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

AdoraKiaOra on October 14, 2008 at 10:37 am

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 10:05 am

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 8:46 am

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 7:52 am

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 10:14 am

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 2:45 am

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

haineshisway on October 7, 2008 at 6:17 pm

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

William on October 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm

I mean steamed Hot Dogs.

William on October 7, 2008 at 6:09 pm

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.

haineshisway on October 7, 2008 at 5:48 pm

Here’s something that’s pertinent and maybe fun: What are your most favorite memories of attending movies at the Paramount in Hollywood? What are your favorite films you saw there? I’ll start –

Pardners – not so good as a film, but as a kid I loved it, plus I really loved the Paramount – that was my first visit there and I could not believe they had two sets of curtains – the first set went UP while the second set parted. That’s showmanship. And after the film I had my first C.C. Brown’s experience, one repeated hundreds of times right up until the day they closed (I was at their final private party).

The Music Man – saw it opening day, went back with my parents opening night – Pert Kelton was there. Thrilling film, and incredible stereo sound

Bye Bye Birdie – saw it about five times at the Paramount

unihikid on October 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm

i know it said email,but the blue line(mta train) to the 6th street terminal,then get on the red line(subway) to hollywood.

AdoraKiaOra on October 7, 2008 at 5:36 pm


Now you L.A guys are here could one of you tell me how I would get from Long Beach to Hollywood with public transport -train,bus etc, the El Capitain etc! I’m in L.A this weekend and want to see as many of the palaces as possible while taking in ‘9To 5-The Musical’ at the Ahmanson Theatre.
drop me an email if you could-journey time would be most helpful!

William on October 7, 2008 at 5:25 pm

That’s right Bruce.

haineshisway on October 7, 2008 at 5:17 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 5:15 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 4:06 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.