El Capitan Theater

6838 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 27, 2008 at 1:48 pm

It would have been impractical to put such a long name as Hollywood Paramount on the marquee, but I think it was called that in advertising and publicity. Or if not, Paramount, Hollywood.

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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 27, 2008 at 7:11 am

Wasn’t this called the Hollywood Paramount to differentiate from the Paramount in downtown Los Angeles?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 27, 2008 at 7:09 am

Here’s a 1956 view of the premiere night of a Hitchcock remake:
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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.

William on May 8, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Patsy, I think they have it wrong about the info on your last post. The theatre they must mean is the old Hollywood Playhouse which was a legitmate theatre on North Vine Street. That theatre opened as the Hollywood Playhouse, but around 1942 it was renamed El Capitan Theatre when the original El Capitan Theatre was renamed the Paramount Theatre. The Hollywood Playhouse (new El Capitan) was used as a radio studio for many years for many major stars radio shows. Later that theatre was used as a TV studio and was knew as the Hollywood Palace. But in 1947 the theatre located on Hollywood Blvd. was known as the Paramount Theatre. I posted alittle history on this thread back on Nov. 12th. 2003 Ziegfeld Theatre:37pm.

Patsy on May 8, 2008 at 4:10 pm

I just picked up a copy of the 4th Edition of Lucille Ball: A to Z by Michael Karol and in it on page 114 there is mention of this theatre….“This is the Hollywood Boulevard theater in which Desi Arnaz and his band played for Bob Hope’s radio show in 1947.”

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on February 28, 2008 at 10:04 am

This is a long string. So forgive me if this has been posted.

I went looking for a photo taken after the 40’s conversion, and found this:

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Photo is about halfway down on right.

unihikid on February 27, 2008 at 6:35 am

i remember when they were remodeling it.my mom worked in the office building next door to it and we would go to hamburger habit for lunch.the last movie i saw in the paramount was “the new pippi long stalkings”(i think,i was only 9),after resto i saw a screening of dumbo,we sat in the balcony.now lets hope someone does something like this with the warners/pacific 123!

JohnMessick on January 24, 2008 at 11:33 am

Hollywood90038…great pictures, thanks for posting them.

William on January 24, 2008 at 10:16 am

Kirk, the move-over for “Earthquake” from the Chinese was to the Paramount Cinema as what the ad that Ken MC posted on Nov. 21, 2007 for March 1975.

Bway on January 24, 2008 at 9:37 am

Ironic you should post these photos….I saw 101 Dalmations on the marquee….and that’s the movie I saw in the El Captian, the only time I was ever inside….only difference was it was the “live” version of 101 Dalmations. This has to be almost 10 years ago or so.

KJB2012 on January 14, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Earthquake with Heston did open in Nov 1974 but at the Chinese across the street.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 1, 2007 at 10:57 am

The link to the Paramount photo still works for me. Okay, have fun.

kencmcintyre on December 1, 2007 at 10:51 am

I tried that. After a few minutes, it switches to another page with no photos. This is the only way to do it.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 1, 2007 at 10:42 am

That is one slow website. It might be a little faster if you link directly to the photo.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 28, 2007 at 7:03 am

The Man Who Knew Too Much was released in June of 1956.

kencmcintyre on November 28, 2007 at 7:01 am

Here is a view of a 1956 premiere at the Paramount:

kencmcintyre on November 21, 2007 at 8:39 am

Lorne Greene played Ava Gardner’s father. I think they were about five years apart. A classic.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 21, 2007 at 7:55 am

Earthquake with Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner was released in November of 1974.