El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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evidonr on August 2, 2006 at 6:42 pm

Could you give me details of the magazine article so I can try to find it?

William on August 2, 2006 at 6:09 pm

I have a magazine that has an article that shows pictures of the complete remodel job that they did to the Paramount during that time. That was the best waterfall curtain in the city.

JimRankin on August 2, 2006 at 4:24 pm

Photos of virtually every major theatre in America are at the Theatre Historical Society of America, and they can be reached via their web site: www.historictheatres.org where on their front page is the link ARCHIVE; the fee to search for and copy their photos is given there.

evidonr on July 31, 2006 at 12:19 am

Thanks for the photo of the Paramount exterior. Does anyone know of a photo of the auditorium from the 1950s. It was extremely beautiful, and that magnificent screen curtain raising and lowering was in its way even more dramatic than the El Capitan’s now. The end of “Vertigo” could never be as devastating at any other theatre as it was at the Hollywood Paramount in 1958.

haineshisway on July 30, 2006 at 8:33 pm

That’s what I’M talkin' about. :–)

BhillH20 on July 30, 2006 at 7:30 pm

It would be even more interesting if that site was working…

haineshisway on July 30, 2006 at 6:54 pm

I don’t know about anyone else here, but the photos I’D like to see would be of the Paramount. The El Capitan exists and we’ve all seen plenty of recent photos. The Paramount, on the other hand, doesn’t exist and those photos would be of interest.

kencmcintyre on July 20, 2006 at 7:31 pm

Thanks for the info, gentleman.

William on July 20, 2006 at 7:21 pm

When Loew’s ran the house in the late 60’s it was known as the “Loews” on Hollywood Blvd.. And when GCC bought the Loews chain’s West Coast operations the theatre was known as the “Cinema” on Hollywood Blvd. and would stay like that till SRO returned the Paramount name back to the theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 20, 2006 at 7:14 pm

Ken: The Hollywood branch of Barker Bros. furniture store may have been an original tenant of the El Capitan building. Barker Bros. was L.A.’s major furniture emporium, founded about 1880 and closed in 1992. Their huge main store on 7th Street downtown was built in the 1920’s, but the company was always one of the city’s most progressive and may have planted a branch in Hollywood in that same period. I know that by the 1940’s, they had branches in many suburban shopping districts considerably less affluent than Hollywood.

William on July 20, 2006 at 7:05 pm

Barker Brothers had a store in what is now the Disney store on the ground level of the building.

kencmcintyre on July 20, 2006 at 6:40 pm

So what about the furniture? The public wants to know…

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 20, 2006 at 1:28 am

Very cool the way they are placing marketing materials above the marquee and box office as in the old days.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 20, 2006 at 1:16 am

It opened as a playhouse with the name El Capitan, was later renamed the Paramount, and then the original name was restored by the Disney Company with their 1990’s renovation.

haineshisway on July 20, 2006 at 1:06 am

Yes, it was the Paramount all through the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, right up until Disney did its thing.

Bway on July 20, 2006 at 12:52 am

Was it the Paramount until Disney took it over, and Disney renamed it the EL Capitan?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 20, 2006 at 12:34 am

Ken: It was the other El Capitan, the one on Vine Street north of Hollywood Boulevard, which was the venue for Nixon’s “Checkers” speech. At that time, the Hollywood Boulevard El Capitan was called the Paramount and was exclusively a movie house.

kencmcintyre on July 19, 2006 at 11:15 pm

I’m a little confused by this photo. I understand that Loew’s ran the theater for a while, but did they sell furniture out of the building as well? By the way, the El Capitan was where Richard Nixon broadcast his Checkers speech in 1952:

segask on June 16, 2006 at 2:40 am

anyone know how many subwoofers it has?

Bway on June 6, 2006 at 3:40 pm

And thanks to Disney to doing the phenominal refurbishment job. I was so impressed when I went inside to see a movie at the El Capitan some years ago. Disney also did a great job on the New Amsterdam Theater in New York.

BhillH20 on May 3, 2006 at 2:05 pm

So nice to see a wonderful movie palace reach its 80th anniversary on this date and
still going strong since its opening day. Three cheers for the El Capitan!!

haineshisway on February 13, 2006 at 6:23 am

Between Earl Carrol and the Aquarius, that building was Frank Sennes' Moulin Rouge. They used to tape Queen For A Day there.

The Paramount was a gorgeous theater in the 50s and 60s. The first thing I consciously remember seeing there was Pardners with Martin and Lewis – afterwards, my parents took me to C.C. Brown’s for a sundae. I saw Vertigo there, and The Music Man and Dr. Dolittle and tons of others.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on January 26, 2006 at 11:30 am

I visited the El Capitan in October 2005. It was a real thrill to be in the theater which hosted the Hollywood premiere of “Citizen Kane”. Before the movie (“The Nightmare Before Christmas”), I took these photos of the organ recital:

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tomdelay on January 4, 2006 at 6:39 pm

The organ is superb. It bears little tonal resemblence to its Fox days. The obvious reason for this is the size difference/accoustic environment of the two theatres—FOX 4700 seats vs. the El Cap at around 1500.

The crew taking care of the organ at the El Cap. did a wonderful job of bringing the organ’s voices together for a fine Wurlitzer ensemble.

If in the area, the El Cap and the organ are a MUST SEE-MUST HEAR. The organ will be presented in a short concert for people attending the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society (LATOS) “Wurlitzer Weekend” early Saturday morning January 14, 2006 with organist Jelani Eddington at the console.

Patsy on January 4, 2006 at 4:56 pm

Tom: Nice to read that the Disney Corp. was responsible for placing the former Fox Theatre/SF organ in the El Capitan.