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El Capitan Theatre: backstage

6838 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028 | map |

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Looking across the El Capitan stage toward stage left. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010

Thanks to Rebecca Reynoso at Cap Equity Locations for the many photos from the firm that appear here. They broker deals between property owners and companies looking for locations for filming or special events. See their page on the El Capitan Theatre for over two hundred great photos exploring all areas of the building.



A view giving us a bit more of the auditorium. The auditorium decor had been covered for decades until revealed again after the Disney restoration of the theatre. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010



A view of one of the stage electric battens and, behind, a rare peek at the concert array style speaker systems for the left, center and right channels behind the screen. It's one of many photos on History of Disney's El Capitan Theatre, a 2012 post on the Disney Travel Babble blog.



Looking across the stage from the flyfloor stage left. Thanks to Albert Domasin on Flickr for the photo. It's one of 38 lovely shots in his LAHTF Tour of the El Capitan set taken during the organization's 2012 tour of the building.



Looking across from stage right. Note the organ pipes up on the flyfloor. It's a photo by Albert Domasin on Flickr.



A few organ pipes in one of the chambers. Thanks to Wendell Benedetti for his 2012 photo, one that appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page.



The lockrail offstage right. Thanks to Wendell Benedetti for the 2012 photo, originally appearing on the LAHTF Facebook page.



The tech area downstage right. We're in the alcove where the switchboard originally was. Thanks to Albert Domasin on Flickr for the photo. Check out his full LAHTF Tour of the El Capitan set of 38 photos. Other backstage views in the set include: organ pipes | another view toward stage left | lockrail | looking toward the auditorium |



Offstage right, looking down the dressing room corridor onto the stage. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010



A dressing room corridor. The dressing rooms at the El Capitan are in the basement and in a wing offstage right. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010



The star dressing room. It's a photo on Backstage at the El Capitan Theatre, a post on the blog Disney Travel Babble. See the post for many additional backstage shots.



A dressing room at the El Capitan. Thanks to Albert Domasin on Flickr for the photo. It's one he took at the 2012 LAHTF "all-about" tour of the building.



A 2012 dressing room photo from Wendell Benedetti on the LAHTF Facebook page. The gentleman in the photo ready to do a bit of cleanup work is LAHTF's David Saffer.



One of the dressing rooms. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010



Another dressing room view. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010. See the El Capitan Theatre page on their website for many more backstage views. Thanks, Rebecca!



In the trap room looking off toward basement dressing rooms stage right. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010



On the stage left end of the trap room looking toward stage right. At the left down the steps is one of the original access routes to the orchestra pit. Just beyond, the white door is organ lift equipment access. No, not original. This was a legit house with no organ installation in 1926. Straight ahead at center is a stage lift, also installed during the Disney remodel. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010



One of the orchestra pit access doors -- but the pit has been covered since 1941. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010



A closer look at the stage lift. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010



 Stage right in the trap room looking back through the stage lift. That's an orchestra pit access door at the right. On the left we have some of the gear for the stage lift. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010



The basement wardrobe area. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010



Another wardrobe area view. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010



The main electrical service. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010



The dimmer room. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010



The fire alarm cabinet in the basement dimmer room. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010



In the basement with the organ blower. The 2012 Wendell Benedetti photo originally appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page. The gentleman in the photo is Don Solosan, another photographer who has done great work for the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation.  Also see Mr. Benedetti's photo of the organ console.

 

The green room. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010

 

 The dressing room stairs. Photo: Cap Equity Locations - 2010



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