Disney's El Capitan Theatre
The historic El Capitan Theatre sits in the heart of Hollywood. The location is operated exclusively by The Walt Disney Company so the single-screen theatre only shows films that are being distributed by the Disney studios. Although Disney operates the El Capitan Theatre, the actual building is owned by Pacific Theatres.
El Capitan Theatre is occasionally home to the World Premieres for movies and movies shown here are often featured with a character pre-show before hand.
The El Capitan Theatre is also adjacent to the Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store which is used to cross-promote the offerings in the theatre. Decor, merchandise, and even the featured sundae often correspond to the film that is playing next door.
Theatre Special Features
Far and away, there is no better way to experience a movie than at the historic El Capitan Theatre! Below is a listing of the unique features that make this Hollywood's best place to see a Disney movie.
Every time a new release comes to the El Capitan Theatre it is usually welcomed with a special midnight screening and special activities. For reissues of classic films, there are usually special panel opening night discussions with key people behind the making of the film.
For Disney's biggest releases there are often big extras included as well such as character meet and greets and other activities, too. And it's all included with your admission ticket to see the movie!
The El Capitan Theatre is home to some of the latest technology known to modern cinema. Crystal clear sound and sharp digital projection are what visitors can rely on for the cleanest movie presentation possible.
Live Theatre Organist
The El Capitan Theatre has an actual working pipe-organ that to this day is used before each show to entertain movie-goers. Renowned pipe-organist Rob Richards plays a wide selection of Disney tunes before each movie.
The El Capitan Theatre and Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store can be found at 6838 Hollywood Boulevard at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland.
The theatre shares street space with many other notable monuments that are within walking distance including the historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood & Highland Center which is home to the Kodak Theatreâ€”home of the Academy Awards. The Hollywood sign is also viewable from Hollywood Blvd.
The El Capitan Theatre does not have dedicated parking however parking is plentily available across the street at the Hollywood & Highland Center. Parking is $2 with validation for up to 4 hours.
To order tickets you can call 1-800-DISNEY6 or go to ElCapitanTickets.com
The El Capitan Theatre first opened in 1926. The world premiere of Citizen Kane was held here in 1941 after Orson Welles failed to find any other movie palace willing to risk screening the then-controversial film.
The theatre closed in 1941 for remodeling and reopened on March 18, 1942 as the Hollywood Paramount Theatre. Following federal antitrust laws that prohibited movie studios to operate movie theatres, the location came into ownership by several different companies until it was acquired by Pacific Theatres in the 1980s.
On June 22, 2005, the Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store opened adjacent to the theatre offering traditional soda fountain treats including malts, freezes, phosphates, sundaes, and hand-scooped ice cream cones.
For the return engagement of Lady and the Tramp on February 2, 2006, a special spaghetti dinner plate was introduced. Due to popularity, the spaghetti plate stayed on the menu past the two-week engagement of the film. Eventually, the menu was expanded with other food items including sandwiches, soups, and wraps.