You may know about the El Capitan Theatre famous for it’s Disney movies but today I’m going to tell you the amazing story of how it came to be and some interesting facts that you may not of heard, courtesy of Ed Collins the General Manager of the theater.
The El Capitan Theatre made its debut in 1926 and for the first 15 years it did nearly 150 stage shows. Back then you may have seen stars such as Clark Gable and Rita Hayworth on stage. Remember the movie Citizen Kane? When no one would show it in their theater the El Capitan Theatre who was only doing stage shows at the time decided to host it as their first ever movie. It made its World Premiere in 1941. That is when Mr. Toberman decided movies were the way to go and closed the theater for renovations. He took everything out and modernized it. It reopened in 1942 as the Paramount.
Disney came to the El Capitan Paramount Theatre in 1989 and restored it back to the way it looked when it was new. It then opened in 1991 with the movie “The Rocketeer.” In 1998 they added the Wurlitzer pipe organ that plays before each movie. El Capitan Theatre does about 10-12 movie premieres every year just like the Iron Man 3 event we attended.
If you have a birthday coming up, be sure and ask them about their new birthday party room decked out Hollywood style.
IRON MAN 3 is currently playing at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA until June 20th in Disney Digital 3D and Real D 3D
· See a Display of Collectibles & Comic Books from the Private Collection of Stan Lee!
· For tickets call 1 (800) DISNEY6 or visit www.elcapitantickets.com
Coming this summer at the El Capitan Theatre:
– June 21st – August 8th: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (Plus, see Mike & Sulley in the MU Pep Rally with the Sprit Squad Live on Stage!)
– August 9th – September 19th: Disney’s PLANES
The Disney Soda Fountain:
After our tour of the El Capitan Theatre we headed over to the Disney Soda Fountain which is connected to the El Capitan Theatre . If you’re looking for the old fashioned ice cream parlor experience, this is the place to visit. They even have a sidewalk cone window. You can also do some shopping and grab some exclusive merchandise and hard to find movies. Along the walls are photos of stars who have stopped by or signed memorabilia. If you’re planning a trip, click here to check out the menu.
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