Monday, April 20, 2009

El Capitan - Los Angeles

Above is what appears to be little more than an over-the-shoulder glance at the tops of palm trees and the sign for the El Capitan Theatre. Where else could we be but Hollywood Boulevard?

Real estate developer Charles Toberman developed this theater as part of a trio of theaters with Sid Grauman known as the Egyptian, the Chinese, and the El Capitan.

Opened on May 3, 1926, called "Hollywood's First Home of Spoken Drama," the El Capitan began as a theater for live stage shows. That first play was "Charlot's Revue," featuring British stars Jack Buchanan, Gertrude Lawrence, and Beatrice Lillie.

Live theatre was produced here for ten years, and afterward, the El Capitan became a movie theater in this movie-making town. “Citizen Kane” (1941) premiered here. In 1942, the name changed to Hollywood Paramount, and its function to movie house.

In 1989, The Walt Disney Company, with Pacific Theatres restored the El Capitan and it was re-opened in June, 1991.

For more on the El Capitan, have a look at this website.

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