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The El Capitan Theatre

The El Capitan certainly wasn't as popular a subject for postcards as its neighbor across the street, the Chinese. But it got some interesting ones nonetheless. Thanks to Michelle Gerdes for this premiere night card in her collection -- she dates it as c.1931. It was a post on the Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page.

Another version of the card with quite different coloring appears in the collection of Brian Michael McCray. It's one of over 400 cards in his Hollywood Postcards collection that was displayed on Picasa until Google decided to "retire" that platform. Thanks, Brian!

Thanks to Ken Mcintyre on the Facebook page Photos of  Los Angeles for this lovely 30s card looking east on Hollywood Blvd. with a bit of Grauman's Chinese over on the left.

Here's the same card in a 40s version with newer cars, a different sky -- and a flag added down at Hollywood and Highland. It's in Elizabeth Fuller's Old L.A. Postcard Collection on Flickr. This one has a 1947 postmark, but it's a pre-42 image -- the tower still says El Capitan. Thanks, Elizabeth.

Another 40s card that's mostly of the Chinese -- but we get the El Capitan Building lurking over there on the right -- sadly, without its tower lit. It's from Brian Michael McCray on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles.

A late 40s or early 50s look east from Ken McIntyre on Photos of Los Angeles.  Note the new marquee from the 1941 remodel -- it also got renamed the Paramount at the time. No vertical sign on the building yet.

A 1960 look with the El Capitan again getting second billing -- it's down the block in the shadows. Thanks again to Ken McIntyre for this one on Photos of Los Angeles.

A 1960s card from the now-vanished website Yesterday LA.

A "Fabulous" view -- wish we could read what's on the marquee of the theatre, here still called the Paramount in the early 60s. It's a card on Photos of Los Angeles.

Thanks to Steven Otto for this rare view of the theatre in the mid-60s when it was operated by Loew's. He has it as a post on Photos of Los Angeles.

See our El Capitan street view timeline page for more photos and postcards.

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