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Maleficent at the El Capitan Theatre

I’ve lived in Los Angeles my whole life, so it’s pretty easy to say that a trip to the El Capitan Theatre was long overdue.
This theatre is an old classic theatre that was built back in the 1920s.  Somewhere down the line, Disney entered into a lease agreement with the theatre and now premiers and shows Disney movies year round.  It’s pretty cool.
Tickets to watch a movie are a few dollars more than your standard theatre, but you get a lot of bang for your buck.  There is an organist playing classic Disney songs while the theatre fills up, there’s always a little pre-show before the movie (we got to see a magic show), and they have a showcase on the lower level that displays elements from the movie.  You can’t forget the overall ambience either.  It takes you back in time.

The theatre sits right across from the Hollywood and Highland center and right next door to the Jimmy Kimmel show.  It’s a busy area on a summer day in California, but just show up about 30 minutes early to get your Will Call tickets then wait in line.  You’ll get great seats for the show — and for people watching while you wait to go inside.

I took my sister out on a day-date to catch Maleficent and got to see it in 3D for this trip.  The movie was a lot better than I had expected!  Angelina Jolie was perfect for the role, and the overrall artistry was pretty amazing.  Seeing it at El Capitan was a nice perk too, of course.
Top left is a sneak peak inside the timeless theatre.  The rest were some of the movie pieces we got to see!  All of these pictures were taken with an iPhone, so they’re not top-notch.  I’m sure you get the gist.
All I could think about was how great of an experience this would be once I had kids that were about elementary age.  I mean, I definitely had a lot of fun, but it’s definitely something that can be enjoyed so much as a family!  It’s a little reminiscent of going to Disneyland for a few hours — without the $100 entry fee.  Disney just knows how to entertain.
If you’re looking to catch a movie here, make sure to also check third party sites like Goldstar.  You can save a few bucks there to stretch your dollar even more.  I can’t wait to go again.  I’m already planning my next trip for… Finding Dory! 🙂

El Capitan Theatre | 6838 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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