El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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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.

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.