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January 22, 2013

El Capitan Theatre: Home to Past, Present and Future Disney Films

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios

Whether you live in L.A. or just like to visit, seeing a show at the El Capitan Theatre should be on your list. The El Cap, as we call it, sits right in the heart of Hollywood and welcomes guests for a uniquely Disney moviegoing experience. It’s also a unique part of our Studio business.


The El Cap hosts first-run Disney, Pixar and Marvel feature films – and it’s the site of many of our high-profile red-carpet premieres such as Marvel’s The Avengers and Wreck-It Ralph. Moviegoers at the El Cap are treated to a themed pre-movie show and can often explore art, props and costumes from the featured film in the downstairs lounge.


When a new film isn’t playing, there’s no shortage of exciting events and exclusive engagements. The El Capitan provides an opportunity for fans to see many of our classic films as they were meant to be seen on the big screen.

Right now, we’re celebrating the 60th anniversary release of the beloved animated classic Peter Pan. The show runs through February 7 and kicked off this month with a special panel discussion with Kathryn Beaumont, who voiced Wendy; Margaret Kerry, the live-action reference model for Tinker Bell; and Ted Thomas, son of legendary Captain Hook animator Frank Thomas.

Another famous Disney pirate, Jake from Disney Junior’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates, is on hand to premiere a never-before-seen episode of the Disney Junior show before each screening.


Earlier this year, Tink fans got a chance to see the latest Fairies film Secret of the Wings in 3D ahead of its debut on Blu-ray. And before Oz The Great and Powerful swirls into the El Cap in March, we’ll have special engagements of Mulan and Lady and the Tramp. We also host Throwback Thursdays, asking our Facebook fans to vote for the Disney films they’d most like to see – and then we show it.


The El Capitan is the only movie theater owned and operated by Disney, and there’s truly nothing else like it. Just remember, no trip would be complete without a stop at the Disney Soda Fountain next door. Nothing tops off a great film like a hot fudge sundae.

The El Capitan Theatre hosts first-run Disney, Pixar and Marvel feature films – and it’s the site of many of our high-profile red-carpet premieres such as "Marvel’s The Avengers."
"Peter Pan" runs through February 7 at the El Capitan Theatre and kicked off this month with a special panel discussion hosted by Leonard Maltin, with Kathryn Beaumont, who voiced Wendy; Margaret Kerry, the live-action reference model for Tinker Bell; and Ted Thomas, son of legendary Captain Hook animator Frank Thomas.
Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store is located right in the heart of Hollywood, next to the historic El Capitan Theatre.

3 Comments

John Giaconia February 4, 2013 at 12:47 PM

I am really looking forward to seeing "Oz" here!

Garan Grey February 26, 2013 at 3:32 PM

I'm no longer a regular moviegoer, (tight budget) but this is a favorite showplace and I love the idea of Throwback Thursdays. However... I believe that so far a good deal of the target audience (many over 40 folks who would love to see vintage Disney films in a classic theatre) is being left out of the loop as these events are only announced on social media. A lot of El Cap/vintage Disney fans don't use social media, and therefore we miss the pleasure of the events and the theatre misses our extra business. We notice Disney has no problem emailing people when a new movie is about to open, so why not email us about these special events? I missed Roger Rabbit, which I would have loved to attend, and have only been to the Muppet Christmas screening, which was a fun time and a great value. I heartily encourage more of these events, hopefully better publicized.

Garan Grey February 26, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Was anyone else happily surprised to recognize the first music heard on this year's Oscar show? As the host walked out we heard the main title music from a vintage movie I would LOVE to see at the El Capitan!