6838 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
The El Capitan Theatre is available for private event rentals and film shoots. Located in the heart of the Hollywood Entertainment District, the theatre offers both historically restored and modern spaces.
The El Capitan Theatre is a beautiful classic movie palace with 1,000 seats including orchestra and balcony and a full theatrical stage right in the heart of Hollywood. The theatre offers both historically restored and modern spaces including dressing rooms, green rooms, restrooms, and additional multipurpose rooms within the four story building to host productions of any size.
• In the 1920s, real estate developer Charles Toberman and Sid Grauman built the Egyptian, Chinese and El Capitan theatres.
• In 1941, the El Capitan Theatre was converted from a playhouse to a movie theatre. Searching for a theatre in Hollywood to premiere his controversial film, CITIZEN KANE, Orson Welles rented the El Capitan. On May 8, 1941, Welles' first feature film, CITIZEN KANE, premiered at the El Capitan Theatre.
• In 1989, the Walt Disney Company joined forces with Pacific Theatres and launched a two-year, museum quality restoration of The El Capitan, led by renowned theatre designer Joseph J. Musil. Musil with the supervision of the National Park Service's Department of the Interior, and guidance from conservator Martin Weil and architect Ed Fields, achieved the goal recreating the original 1926 look and feel -- including original design elements such as the ornate plasterwork found hidden behind walls and the opera boxes in the main auditorium.
• The theatre reopened its doors to the public on June 19, 1991 for the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' THE ROCKETEER. THE ROCKETEER became the first of many Walt Disney Pictures feature films to premiere at the El Capitan Theatre.