Wednesday, July 3, 2019

El Capitan Theatre Presents Special Engagement of Disney's 'The Lion King'

Hollywood, California – July 3, 2019 – Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING, July 18 to September 2, shown in brilliant Dolby VisionTM Laser Projection & Dolby Atmos® Sound Technology. Tickets are now on sale at, by calling 1-800-DISNEY6 and at The El Capitan Theatre box office as well as

El Capitan Theatre Guests who arrive early will be able to participate in a unique opportunity.  For a limited time before the start of the movie, guests can step onto the historic El Capitan stage for a majestic Pride Rock photo op.  They will also be able to take photos in front of the immersive lobby mural wall and a Pumbaa and Timon themed photo op!

“There’s just no better place to experience the majesty of Disney’s THE LION KING than The El Capitan Theatre,” said Ed Collins, General Manager of The El Capitan Theatre.  “Guests will be transported to the African savanna the moment they step under Pride Rock for an absolutely unforgettable photo on the El Capitan stage before the movie.  El Capitan Guests can also take photos in front of our immersive photo wall before and after the film, creating summer memories to last a lifetime.”

El Capitan Theatre Guests can even be among the first to see the movie on Thursday, July 18 at 5 PM as the El Capitan Theatre hosts a Special Opening Night Fan Event.  In addition to watching the movie early, all FAN EVENT guests will receive an exclusive poster, as well as reserved seat, a souvenir popcorn container, and a 20 oz. bottled drink. Tickets to The Special Opening Night Fan Event are $35.

The next morning, Friday, July 19, The El Capitan Theatre offers a special 6:00AM Sunrise Screening of Disney’s THE LION KING.  As the morning report is given on the African Plains, guests at The El Capitan Theatre will start the day with the film and will enjoy a bowl of cereal & Go-Gurt provided by General Mills and coffee and tea provided by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® before seeing the movie. Guests will receive a Souvenir Ocarina Cup, 46 oz. popcorn & 20 oz. bottled drink as well as a reserved seat. The ocarina is an ancient wind instrument, and the souvenir cup boasts a handle that is also an ocarina. Tickets to the Sunrise Screening are $35.

Disney’s THE LION KING show times are daily from July 19 – September 2 at 10 AM, 1:15 PM, 4:30 PM, and 7:45 PM.  The film is also screened at 11:00PM on Fridays and Saturdays.  Showtimes and dates are subject to change.  An exception to the above times will be the SUNRISE SCREENING at 6 AM on July 19.

There are special group rates for Disney’s THE LION KING of $10 for parties of 20 or more.  Also during the run of Disney’s THE LION KING, The El Capitan Theatre will offer RED CARPET & PREMIERE PARTY PACKAGES in the HOLLYWOOD ROOM as well as BIRTHDAY IN YOUR SEAT, and a HARD ROCK CAFÉ MOVIE & MEAL PACKAGE.

For more information all groups, parties, and movie and meal package, please visit or call 1-818-845-3100.

HARD ROCK CAFÉ MOVIE & MEAL PACKAGE$40 per person.  Each ticket package includes a reserved seat (no concessions) to see the movie at The El Capitan Theatre and a meal at Hard Rock Café.  Reservations are required in advance (tickets must be booked no later than 24 hrs business days). Guests may choose one entrée from special Hard Rock Cafe menu at the time of their seating.  Tax & gratuity included.  Does not include alcohol – guests can purchase and pay on their own.  

TINY TOT TUESDAY: The El Capitan Theatre will also host a very special Tiny Tot Tuesday for the first show every Tuesday during the run of Disney’s THE LION KING. During these special screenings, parents and small children may enjoy the movie in a tot-friendly way—with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels.

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Disney’s THE LION KING, directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy, and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. The film utilizes pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way.

The El Capitan Theatre will present Disney’s THE LION KING in Dolby Vision™ Laser Projection and Dolby Atmos® Sound. Technology. Dolby Vision™ delivers a dramatically different visual experience—astonishing brightness, incomparable contrast, and captivating color—that brings movies to life before your eyes. Dolby Atmos® transports you into the movie with breathtaking, multidimensional sound that fills the theatre and flows all around you.

Declared a Historic-Cultural Monument by the City of Los Angeles and restored to showcase its original lavish architecture, The El Capitan Theatre has been since 1991 an exclusive first-run theatre, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, for The Walt Disney Studios. The theatre also hosts live stage shows, world premieres, special events, and screenings of classic Disney films.
In the 1920s, real estate developer Charles Toberman and Sid Grauman built the Egyptian, Chinese, and El Capitan theatres.  Los Angeles based Stiles O. Clements designed the elaborate cast-concrete Spanish Colonial style exterior; San Francisco architect G. Albert Lansburgh, known for his design of over 50 West Coast theatres and luxury cinema houses, designed the lavish East Indian inspired interior.  Originally a legitimate theatre (over 120 plays and musicals were staged), it was converted for film for the world premiere of Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane.”  The theatre then was renovated, reopening in March 1942 as the Hollywood Paramount, a streamlined "art moderne" first-run movie house.

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.

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