Disney/Marvel provided me with an all expense paid press trip to cover this event and share my experience with you. All opinions are my own.
Like barbecue in texas, horseback riding at sunset, and fresh powder on the slopes, or a tasty peanut butter and jelly sandwich, some things in life just go together. Seeing the premiere of a movie like Iron Man 3 in the plush seats of Walt Disney Pictures exclusive first run theatre the El Capitan is an experience like no other. It takes the ordinary act of watching a movie and transforms it into something extraordinary. Add in the experience of walking down the red carpet with Hollywood’s A-List’ers and paparazzi and it’s unbelievable.
The El Capitan Theatre debuted on May 3, 1926. That night sleek, black limousines departed from the El Capitan leaving behind Hollywood royalty who were attending the play of “Charlot’s Revue.” Some decades later in 1989, The Walt Disney Company teamed up with Pacific Theatres to conduct a museum-quality restoration of the legendary El Capitan back to it’s original splendor. Today it’s gleaming gold and neon signage out front is a proud display of that work. The architecture and decor inside are absolutely incredible, with amazing piece everywhere you look. I’ve seen a handful of premieres at the El Capitan and each time I walk beneath the marquee I feel as though I’m apart of that old school Hollywood royalty.
The theater itself has upper and lower seating where it’s impossible to have a “bad seat” no matter where you sit. A live organist plays the might Wurlitzer while you wait for the movie to begin and each drawing of the majestic curtains is a production in itself. The layers, the lighting and the beautiful and unique way “Hollywood” is shown as the various curtains are drawn is one of my favorite things about seeing a film here.
They have a beautiful El Capitan Wall of Fame that will take you through the history of the theater and its many famous visitors and events. Make sure you leave some extra time to take a walk down memory lane to view it (located on the second level).
On the first level of the theater they often have special exhibits of props and movie paraphernalia on display. Right now you can see a Display of Collectibles & Comic Books from the Private Collection of Stan Lee! For tickets call 1 (800) DISNEY6 or visit www.elcapitantickets.com
IRON MAN 3 is currently playing at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA until June 20th in Disney Digital 3D and Real D 3D and coming this summer:
- June 21st – August 8th: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (Plus, see Mike & Sulley in the MU Pep Rally with the Sprit Squad Live on Stage!)
- August 9th – September 19th: Disney’s PLANES
*TIP* Did you know you can have character breakfasts or birthday parties here?
Yep! We actually did both that morning because it was Jennifer of Makobi Scribe’s birthday that morning! It was my first time having the famous Mickey Waffles and they even have a fun mock up red carpet where you can take photos!
One of the only ways to follow up an experience like a premiere at El Capitan is getting an ice cream at Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store and doing a little shopping. If the El Capitan is the embodiement of glamorous Hollywood royalty then The Soda Fountain embodies everything that is fun and childish about Walt Disney World. It offers an old-fashioned ice cream parlor experience serving shakes, malts, cones and old fashioned soda.
And then there’s the Studio Store. Oh my. You’ll find items from the most current releases as well as hard to find and Hollywood themed general Disney merchandise.
Authentic and original artwork consumes the walls and if you know anything about Disney, then you have heard of the “Disney Vault.” They’ve recreated it high up on the walls of the store, with a gorgeous mural flowing across the walls depicting the movies in order!
If you need to complete your collection, they have a large selection of old, new and hard to find Disney Favorites.
The Soda Fountain is thick in nostalgia and epic Disney history. This is a must do experience if you’re ever strolling along Hollywood Boulevard – even if it’s just to get a cone to go at the sidewalk cone window. Don’t forget to have a seat and snap a pic with resident #HollywoodMickey right out front!