El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
If you're not planning a day at Disneyland, you might want to give the kids a bit of a treat at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.
Seeing a movie at El Capitan Theatre takes you back to the days when visiting a movie palace was as much about the palace as the movie. With its Spanish Colonial exterior and ornate East Indian interior lovingly restored by the Walt Disney Company, the El Capitan is a treat for the eyes before the film ever starts.
Movie Characters perform a musical number before the screening of Chicken Little at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.© KayteDeioma.com
El Capitan is not the place to go if you plan to rush in during the trailers and find a seat in the dark. That would be missing the point. You take the kids to El Capitan to see Disney’s pre-movie stage show, which might include singing and dancing movie characters from the film you are about to see, or stunt tricks or special effects, but always starts with pre-show music on the 1920s “Mighty Wurlitzer.” The elaborately carved golden instrument has four keyboards with 37 ranks of pipes placed around the theatre.
Originally constructed in 1926 to host live theatre productions, the El Capitan was remodeled and converted to a movie house in the 1940s and renamed the Hollywood Paramount. In 1989, the Walt Disney Company and Pacific Theatres teamed up to restore the theatre to its original grandeur. The El Capitan screens exclusively Disney films, so a large number of them are G-rated and appropriate for children of all ages.
Kids wear Chicken Little 3D glasses at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.© KayteDeioma.com
VIP seating, which covers the center orchestra seats and center balcony, costs $22 per seat for adults and children at all shows, which is a lot of money for a movie, even with a song and dance number thrown in.
General Admission tickets are only a couple dollars more than other movie theatres on Hollywood Blvd
. These are seats on the side of the theatre on the main floor and the balcony which have a perfectly good view of the stage and screen. They are $13 for adults and $10 for children and seniors for evening shows with a $2 discount on adult tickets only at matinees. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. Shows do sell out in advance so it's best to check the web site http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/el_capitan/
or call 1-800-DISNEY6 for ticket avaialbility.
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