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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.

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