El Capitan Theatre.
Yearning to relive your childhood and indulge in a Disney flick? El Capitan's your spot—the lavish 1926-built theater is devoted to screening classics like Cinderella, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Finding Nemo, as well as first-run Disney movies, including Pixar and Marvel. Tickets are indeed pricier than your run-of-the-mill cinema, but then again, where else do you get to see a 2,500-pipe organ be played before the show?
If you're looking to brush up on some Hollywood history and peek your head in, Disney offers two tours of El Capitan. The 30-minute-long Disney Movie Palace & Backstage Tour ($15, 8:30am) takes you into the dressing rooms, behind the curtain and, of course, inside the actual theater auditorium, including a close-up photo op with the grand Wurlitzer organ. The 15-minute Express Tour ($5) runs throughout the day, but because of scheduled screenings it likely won't take you inside the actual auditorium. We'd definitely lean toward the longer tour (walk-ups are welcome at both), but at the same time, no experience beats simply settling in for a movie.
|Venue name:||El Capitan||Contact:|
6838 Hollywood Blvd
|Opening hours:||Backstage theater tour 8:30am|
|Price:||3-D general admission $20, VIP $30 (includes reserved seat, popcorn and drink); discounts available for children, seniors, 2-D movies and throwback nights; Disney Movie Palace & Backstage Tour $15, Express Tour $5|
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