This week I found myself at the beautiful El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The El Capitan Theater was opened in 1926, as one of three themed theatres in Hollywood, and was originally used to show plays. These plays lasted until the late 1930’s when the depression caused the play to open itself to new entertainment. It was around this time that the theatre begun playing movies. Since the theatre began playing movies it has been passed to a couple different companies, and even changed names, until the late 1980’s when Disney took over control. It did a complete restoration, returned to the original name, and began using it in 1981 when they premiered The Rocketeer. It has since been used by Disney as the theatre to premier and showcase their films.
I loved experiencing El Capitan for so many reasons. The first is I’m a massive Disney fan and being in the theatre where they premier movies was pretty cool for me. I also loved that Stars for Disney characters like Tinkerbell and Donald Duck were right by the theatre. The second is that this theatre has been around since the very beginning of Hollywood. It might not be the same as it was back then, but it’s still a very fascinating piece of history. Finally, I love how the theatre itself showcases the development of Hollywood. It was first created to be a play stage but adapted when it needed too. It became a shining symbol of Hollywood, the home of the silver screen. It was an amazing experience to be in the theatre and I would love to go back and experience everything El Capitan has to offer again. Also, there is a pretty delicious Ice Cream shop next door.