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"Citizen Kane" at the El Capitan

Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" (RKO, 1941) played its first run engagement at the El Capitan in Hollywood. "It's Terrific" said the neon above the marquee at the El Capitan.


"Kane" has the distinction of being the last film to play up the street at the El Capitan before that theatre closed for the moderne remodel that hid the original decor for decades under sheets of wavy corrugated plaster.

The photo of the "Kane" engagement at the El Capitan comes from the collection of Hollywood Historic Photos. It used to be on their website but has vanished. Here are the six El Capitan photos they still have.

The film originally played the RKO Hillstreet in addition to the El Capitan.  The ad was unearthed by master sleuth Ken McIntyre for his Photos of Los Angeles Facebook page.

If you'd like more information on these two theatres check out the web pages we've got for the El Capitan and the RKO Hillstreet.

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