El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Cliffs on October 11, 2017 at 6:04 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 on August 30, 2017 at 7:35 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 on August 22, 2017 at 7:03 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 3:01 pm

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

bigjoe59 on August 22, 2017 at 2:38 pm


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 12:55 pm

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 on August 21, 2017 at 3:12 pm

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

bigjoe59 on August 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm


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 9:25 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.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on August 18, 2017 at 2:08 pm

A short visual tour of the rejuvenated El Capitan Theatre can be seen here: view

bigjoe59 on August 15, 2017 at 3:44 pm


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 on August 15, 2017 at 7:59 am

Big Joe Had you heard of the Broadway show.

bigjoe59 on August 14, 2017 at 5:50 pm


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 on April 10, 2017 at 9:35 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 on January 18, 2016 at 7:18 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 on December 22, 2015 at 1:59 am

RJ, you saw Force twice in the same day?

RJwestla on December 20, 2015 at 1:36 pm

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 3:21 pm

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

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

segask on October 18, 2015 at 7:14 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?

Giles on October 12, 2015 at 12:25 am

I see that ‘The Black Cauldron’ is being shown Oct 15-18! wow – could a bluray materialize in 2016 – anyone planning on seeing this? I’d assume this is a DCP.

RobertAlex on May 25, 2015 at 11:37 pm

Came here this weekend to check out Tomorrowland in Dolby Vision. I was sitting in the front row of the balcony, and the entire presentation was great. The Atmos sound was good, not sure if it was this mix or the theater but I have heard Atmos sound way better elsewhere. The picture was really bright and the colors were just incredible. There was no Atmos or Vision trailers which was a shame.

moviebuff82 on August 6, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Saw this theater during footage of Drunk History….read my post on the chinese

Giles on July 4, 2014 at 12:37 am

can someone comment on how the Dolby Atmos system sounds – I know that both here and the Dolby Theater factor in that both auditoriums have balconies – how is sound dispersed in a theater that has mult-tiered seating?

DavidSimpson on July 2, 2014 at 9:12 am

I went to see “Malificent” last night, the recent re-working of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, starring Angelina Jolie. The feature was preceded by a very elaborate live magic show starring Greg Wilson which really added to the occasion. I’ve added some photos I took. They aren’t that great (I was in the back row of the circle) but hopefully they give an idea of the really elaborate lighting and stage effects. All this, and the film was in 3D (which was excellent), for only $13 for me as a senior (and only $16 for adults) made this a wonderful evening’s entertainment. And there was also a comprehensive display of props from the film! Just a shame the audience (for the 7.30pm show) was a bit sparse, with most of them in the stalls and only about half a dozen of us in the huge rear circle.

bella_1990 on March 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm

I disagree on having someone on stage singing, making kids cry because they weren’t choosen to be on stage making me wanna leave and never coming back! Disappointed