El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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alisonwriter
alisonwriter on July 10, 2018 at 10:23 pm

Hello, I’m working on a project about the El Capitan and would like to interview former (and current) employees—projectionists, managers, ushers, ticket sellers, janitors, etc. No on-camera required. alisonnastasi (at) gmail

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LARGE_screen_format on July 7, 2018 at 4:44 am

When I watched Reel Steel at this cinema back in October 2011 the Wurlitzer was played before the performance began.

At the time this was the closest to Full HD video quality I had ever seen on a cinema screen. Does anyone happen to know which projector they would have been using at that time?

jeffpiatt
jeffpiatt on May 16, 2018 at 7:11 am

Dolby has a Deal with AMC Theaters to only install the Dolby Cinema auditoriums in there locations in the US the spec has a Dolby designed Recliner seat with built in speakers and a Video wall entrance tunnel experience made by the producers of the film.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on February 28, 2018 at 6:33 am

Answering an earlier question about why El Cap doesn’t show movies in 3D: It’s technically a Dolby Cinema house. Doesn’t use the Dolby Cinema name but it’s the same technical framework: Dolby Vision HDR projection plus Dolby Atmos audio. I have yet to see a Dolby Vision/Cinema house equipped for 3D. Frankly, it doesn’t need it! It’s presentation is already the best in the business…topped only by full screen 70MM IMAX.

MarkDHite
MarkDHite on February 10, 2018 at 5:09 pm

Is the El Capitan’s Wurlitzer still played at performances? When I was in LA I very much wanted he whole El Capitan experience, but no organ (and no live stage act). When I asked the staff they didn’t seem to know when it was played. Disappointing. Beautiful theatre and great place to see a movie, though.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 27, 2017 at 6:35 pm

I wonder how star wars is doing based on mixed word of mouth…

MarkA
MarkA on December 20, 2017 at 6:36 pm

RE: “In 1999, the magnificent Wurlitzer ‘Crawford Special’ 4 manual 37 rank theatre organ, which was originally installed in the much missed Fox Theatre, San Francisco, was found a new home in the El Capitan Theatre, and is now played at program breaks regularly on weekends.”

For the record, these Wurlitzers were not known offcially as “Crawford Specials,” a misnomer. After the installation of the New York Paramount’s 4m/36r, Opus 1458, the Fox Theatre chain eventually ordered 5 of these organs fo flagship theatres, thus they were dubbed “Fox Specials.” Although the Paramount organ was basically designed by Wurlitlzer, Paramount Organist Jesse Crawford did specify some of the ranks of pipe he wanted in the organ, hence the “Crawford Special” name.

The other four remaining Fox Specials were: Opus 1894, Detroit Fox Theatre (still in situ with its slave console) Opus 1904, Brooklyn Fox Theatre (this was a 4m/37r) Opus 1997, Saint Louis Fox Theatre (still in situ) Opus 2012, San Francisco Fox Theatre (in the El Capitan) A fifth Fox Special was ordered for a Fox Theatre in Jersey City, but it was cancelled.

There was a fifth Fox flagship theatre in Atlanta, the Atlanta Fox. This Fox began life as a Shriner’s Auditorium but was taken over by Fox Theatres when the Shriners defaulted on their financing. This Fox Theatre still has its organ, a 4m/42r M.P. Möller theatre organ (Opus 5566). This organ was designed while the Shriners were still in the picture.

The Fox Specials were indeed special. All of them had a second “slave” console, a 12 note set of tuned tympani and a piano, playable from the console … not to mention the rare ranks of pipes not usually seen in most Wurlitzers.

To quote the late Ben Hall in his book, The Best Remaining Seats, a movie palace without its organ would made it as soulless as an armory. May the remaining Fox Specials and all other theatre organs installed in theatre continue to thrill audiences.

Cliffs
Cliffs on October 11, 2017 at 3:04 am

@cubdukat, Because 3D isn’t a draw anymore. The theaters have realized that when given the choice, most people choose 2D now. I had a conversation with a high-up at Arclight and he told me that 3D shows in the Dome NEVER sell as much or as quickly as 2D shows in the Dome. The theaters are just following customer preference. Even IMAX has started to cool on IMAX 3D and are offering more and more IMAX 2D engagements.

And if you go to a Dolby Cinema screen, you won’t see it in 3D there either.

cubdukat
cubdukat on August 30, 2017 at 4:35 pm

Anybody know why El Capitan chooses not to do 3D presentations? I’ve only ever seen one 3D showing there, and that was for “Age of Ultron.” They didn’t even do 3D for “Rogue One” last year.

They’re certainly more than capable of it, so I’m confused as to why they don’t. If they do the same for “Last Jedi” this year, I’ll be catching it at an official Dolby Cinema screen.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 22, 2017 at 4:03 pm

I liked the remake of Jungle Book. Wonder what they’ll do with Mulan with the CGI dragons to go along with the Chinese actors.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 22, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Again, it’s the same tech used for the 2016 Jungle Book remake

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 22, 2017 at 11:38 am

Hello-

thanks to Chris Utley for your thoughts on the subject. the remakes of Cinderella, Pete’s Dragon and Beauty and the Beast were “live action”. so if I understand your new reply correctly the upcoming “live action” remake of The Lion King isn’t “live action” at all but a animated remake using different animation technology than what was available in 1994.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 22, 2017 at 9:55 am

Substitute the phrase “Live Action” with Photorealistic. “Live Action” is a distinction between hand drawn animated cartoons vs Photorealistic movement, backgrounds and activity. But it’s still all animated. Disney with all their power isn’t gonna make a herd of lions and hyenas speak.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm

I think the live action refers to the background if they shoot it in africa for the scenes.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 21, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Hello-

thanks to Chris Utley for your reply but it makes me even a tad more confused. again there are no human characters in The Lion King only animals. so if its going to be like TJB photorealistic CGI how is it a “live action” version?

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 19, 2017 at 6:25 am

Big Joe: They’re using the same technique as the highly successful Jungle Book remake where the animals were 100% photorealistic CGI and there was only 1 human character in the film. The film was shot on soundstages where the jungle environment was digitally recreated as well.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm

Hello-

in response to fred1’s reply- I live in NYC so yes i have seen the Bway show 7 times in fact but and there’s always a but. in the show the actors aren’t playing humans they’re playing animals. so the technique Julie Taymor devised for the actors to play animals would not work in a film. so i ask my question again- since there are human characters in the show how will they do a live action film?

fred1
fred1 on August 15, 2017 at 4:59 am

Big Joe Had you heard of the Broadway show.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 14, 2017 at 2:50 pm

Hello-

since it open here will someone please tell how Disney is going to do a live action Lion King considering there are no human characters?

MarkDHite
MarkDHite on April 10, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Fun to visit this movie that was beautifully restored by Disney. But very (very!) disappointed to find that the organ is only played on the weekend. Maybe everyone knows this but me, but it’s not mentioned anywhere on the website or ticket schedule.

RJwestla
RJwestla on January 18, 2016 at 4:18 pm

@Don, sorry for my late reply here. The answer is no. I saw TFA at the El Cap on that Saturday and went to the Village theater the next day. I still stand by my comment that the Village has the best THX and Dolby Atmos installation anywhere. All they need now is to get the Christie Dolby vision projector there.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on December 21, 2015 at 10:59 pm

RJ, you saw Force twice in the same day?

RJwestla
RJwestla on December 20, 2015 at 10:36 am

Saw “Force” here yesterday. The co branded Christie\Dolby vision laser projector looked good. The blacks were true deep black. They did run a trailer for the Dolby vision system, but not for Atmos. As for the sound, it was lacking the oomph on the low end. To me, it came across somewhat flat. Still looks like Regency’s Village theatre is the go to for Dolby Atmos.

Danny Baldwin
Danny Baldwin on October 20, 2015 at 12:21 pm

It depends. “Ant Man” opened just at the Chinese.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is opening at the Chinese as well.

segask
segask on October 18, 2015 at 4:14 pm

they are having the Star Wars marathon here on Dec 17. It should really be at the Chinese across the street.

Has Disney been allowing their IMAX releases to open at the Chinese along with the regular format here at the El Cap?