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The Historic El Capitan theater

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Located in the heart of Hollywood, at the busy intersection of Hollywood and Highland, lives the famous El Capitan Theater. Known for its grandeur, the El Capitan is the stomping grounds for all Disney premieres, most recently the newest Muppets movie.

Originally built before the depression, The El Capitan was designed and constructed along with two other famous theaters in Hollywood, The Chinese theater and The Egyptian theater. Initially created for live productions, the El Capitan hosted over 120 productions until 1941, when Orson Wells premiered Citizen Kane. After that, the theater was closed for 1 year for renovations, making it into a fully working movie theater.

In 1991, another renovation happened when the Walt Disney Company started leasing the theater. After spending $14 million on restoring the original Spanish Colonial Revival style, The Rocketeer premiered at the theater’s reopening.

Although this theater features one film at a time, usually running for 4 weeks, each showtime comes with a “theater-esk” pre-show featuring characters or music of the featured movie. And after visiting the theater, make sure to check out the basement for a one-on-one view with props and costumes from the film.

Also located next door, get your fill of all things Disney by stopping at the Disney store and ice cream parlor. Mickey shaped treats and Disney themed ice cream sundaes are available alongside stuffed animals.

Spend a whole day in that area and check out the Chinese theater and Egyptian as well as other Hollywood attractions like Madame Tussauds, Ridley’s Believe It or Not museum, Jimmy Kimmel studios, and various clothing shops.

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