Five Oscar-worthy theatres in Hollywood
5. El Capitan Theatre
Who is vying for screen time at the majestic El Capitan in 2011? Little mermaids, rascally gnomes, African cats and the beloved Jack Sparrow. Tucked behind a dazzling marquee, the historic El Capitan shows first-run Disney movies in an ornate, East-Indian-themed auditorium. For families, the 1,000-seat theatre is a welcome respite from the touts and celebrity impersonators clogging nearby sidewalks. Step inside the lobby for an exhibit tracing the history of the 1926 theatre (originally a playhouse) and Hollywood, from citrus orchards to its legendary status today.
Daily screenings are often accompanied by a Wurlitzer organ and live-action shows. Next door, Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store serves sandwiches, sundaes, and dreams.
Birthday parties welcome; see www.elcapitan.go.com/index.html. The address is 6838 Hollywood Blvd.