El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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roxy1927 on October 7, 2008 at 3:49 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 3:36 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 2:50 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 2:24 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 11:20 pm

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

kencmcintyre on October 2, 2008 at 7:18 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 6:51 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 1:32 pm

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

KJB2012 on August 19, 2008 at 1:20 pm

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

Giles on August 19, 2008 at 12:13 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 7, 2008 at 10:54 pm

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

Broan on June 7, 2008 at 2:40 pm

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

Patsy on June 2, 2008 at 9:04 am

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

KJB2012 on May 27, 2008 at 8:16 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 6:53 pm

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

jazzland on May 27, 2008 at 5:19 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 4:34 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 11:06 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 11:04 am

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 8, 2008 at 10:58 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 6:41 pm

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

William on May 8, 2008 at 6:38 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 6:10 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 12:04 pm

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.