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El Capitan Theatre: street views 1955 to the present


1955 - An August snapshot that Ruth Campbell found at a swap meet and posted on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles. We're looking south on Orchid St. (a block that no longer exists) with the Hollywood Masonic Temple to the right of the theatre. It had been called the Paramount since its 1942 remodel. It didn't go back to the El Capitan name until 1991.

The photo also appears on the Water & Power Associates Museum page "Early L.A. Buildings (1900-1925) page 3." It's also been seen on Noirish Los Angeles.



1956 - A view of the premiere of "The Man Who Knew Too Much" at the Paramount. Thanks to Mark Donnell for the post on Vintage Los Angeles. The photo is also in the collection of Hollywood Historic Photos and appears as well on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles. There's also another straight-on shot on the Hollywood Historic Photos site.



1957 - A wonderful view looking west from Tyler St. Mark on Vintage Los Angeles. The El Capitan/Paramount is in the lower left. Note the absence of a vertical sign.

c. 1957night view from the hills - Los Angeles Public Library



1958 - Thanks to the Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection for this shot of the premiere of "Teacher's Pet" with Clark Gable and Doris Day. You'll also find the photo in Martin Pal's fine Noirish Los Angeles post #22621 along with other views of the theatre.  The Torrence collection also has another view of the premiere taken from slightly farther west.



1958 - A look west on the Boulevard from Ken McIntyre on Photos of Los Angeles. It's a parade by auto dealers to get their sales out of a slump.

1959 -  "Imitation of Life" - Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection



1960 - A postcard look at the Chinese and, farther down the block in the shadows, the El Capitan. It's from Ken McIntyre on Photos of Los Angeles.

1960 - "Cimarron" - Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection


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



1963 - Thanks to Sean Ault for this sliver of a look down Orchid St. toward the theatre during the run of "Come Blow Your Horn" with Frank Sinatra. It was a June release.



1963 - This lovely Richard Wojcik photo on Vintage Los Angeles gives us a look at the Paramount in October running "The V.I.P.s" with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.



1963 - A terrific December photo looking west toward the El Capitan on Vintage Los Angeles from the Richard Wojcik collection.



1964 - A "Night of the Iguana" view of the Paramount. Thanks to HossC who found it on eBay and included it in post #25165 on Noirish Los Angeles. He notes that the banner above is promoting "Mary Poppins," across the street at the Chinese.



1964 - The remodel done by Statewide Theatres was profiled in a Boxoffice article on February 18, 1965 headlined "Dramatic Effects in Remodeled Theatre." Regarding the disco balls, the article notes they are: "six two-foot and three-foot diameter spheres which revolve, picking up surrounding light and reflecting it to the constantly busy, moving traffic on the boulevard." See the ticket lobby page for photos in the boxoffice area from the article.



1960s - Another nice postcard view looking east from Ken McIntyre on Photos of Los Angeles. Now what is that on the Paramount marquee?



late 60s - A wonderful postcard of the theatre in its Loew's days on Photos of Los Angeles. It was added to the collection by Steven Otto. The Loew's signage stayed on the building until early 1974.



1969 - A look west at the theatre when it was Loew's. It's a photo in the collection of the Los Angeles Public Library. On the marquee:  Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood in "Where Eagles Dare."



1969 - And now in color. Thanks to Sean Ault for finding this "Where Eagles Dare" shot on eBay and sending it along. Note the tail of the Loew's vertical at the top of the photo.

1972 -  "The Valachi Papers" - Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection



1973 -  Thanks to the Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection for this shot of the theatre playing "The Battle For the Planet of the Apes." You'll also find the photo with other El Capitan views in Martin Pal's fine Noirish Los Angeles post #22621.



1970s - Looking east. Note the new Paramount vertical -- extended downward from its Loews version. It's a Tom Labonge photo in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.



1973 - On the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles we get this view posted by Ken McIntyre of the theatre running "American Graffiti." The photo also appears in the Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection (with a 1974 date) and on Vintage Los Angeles, where it's credited to the Los Angeles Public Library.



1976 - Thanks to the Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection for this fine shot of the Paramount playing "All The President's Men," an April release. You'll also find the photo in Martin
Pal's Noirish Los Angeles post #22621.



1976 - The Paramount in July running that classic "Gumball Rally" starring Michael Sarazin and Gary Busey. Ken McIntyre had it as a post on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.



1977 - A view from Ken McIntyre on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles with the Paramount running "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."



1979 - Thanks to Sean Ault for this fine view east. At the Paramount: "The China Syndrome." Jeff Bentley also had a post of the photo on Vintage Los Angeles. Also see a photo by Ken Papaleo of a boxoffice line for the film in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. 



1982 - The American Classic Images site has this look at the theatre during the run of "Poltergeist."



1982 - Also in the American Classic Images collection is this August shot with a 70mm reissue of "Star Wars" playing at the theatre. "Star Wars" played its original engagement at the Chinese in 1977 and then a moveover to the Hollywood Theatre -- the latter an event 20th Century Fox was very unhappy about.



2000 - We're looking across the construction of the Kodak Theatre (now the Dolby) at the Hollywood and Highland Center toward Hollywood Blvd. and the El Capitan. The photo appeared on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles, a post by Alexander Horn.



2002 - About.com has this nice night shot of the Disney-restored El Capitan marquee and vertical on the Hollywood page of their site.



2007 - Looking west along Hollywood Blvd. Photo: Bill Counter



2007 - A slack afternoon during the run of "The Game Plan." That's the Masonic Temple at the right, home over the years to many TV shows. Photo: Bill Counter



2008 - Thanks to Bob Davidson for this marquee detail. The photo first appeared on the Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page.



2009 - The view looking east along Hollywood Blvd. Note the Kodak Theatre (now the Dolby) on the left. The Chinese and the Chinese 6 are just behind us. It's a shot from Google Maps where you can play with their interactive version.



2010 - An entrance view. Photo: Bill Counter



c.2010 - A look west that Ken McIntyre posted on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.



2010 - Thanks to Dave Lessig on Facebook for this photo of the El Capitan decked out for "Tron: Legacy."



2010 - A marquee shot from Cap Equity Locations, a firm that brokers deals with property owners for filming locations. See their El Capitan page for over two hundred fine photos of all areas of the building.



2011 - A view by Stephen Russo originally appearing on the LAHTF Facebook page. Thanks, Stephen!



2012 - The El Capitan vertical. It went up in 1991 with the Disney restoration of the theatre. Photo: Bill Counter



2012 - A look at the marquee by Wendell Benedetti appearing on the LAHTF Facebook page. It was taken the day of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation's "all-about" tour of the theatre. More about the organization: www.lahtf.org



2012 - Thanks to Stephen Russo for this photo of the west end of the marquee. It originally appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page.



2016 - Just like old times: "Featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer Before Every Show Today." It's a nice promo for the pipe organ (from the San Francisco Fox) on the marquee as we look west along Hollywood Blvd. The film playing was "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Photo: Bill Counter

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