Published: April 27, 2010 at 11:14 PMThe whole area is really cool. I'm a Los Angeles native, so it doesn't have the same wonder to me as it does to a tourist, but my family still makes a point to generally see at least one movie a year at El Capitan. Their VIP packages, with popcorn, drink, and reserved seating, are a good deal considering the prices you pay at most conventional theaters, and the ambiance more than makes up the difference. Putting it even further over the top is the organist who plays Disney show tunes while you're waiting for the movie to start. There is generally an exhibit related to the film, and a live stage show, when a new-release is screened there. We'll always kill time before or after the movie in the Studio Store, and about half the time we'll grab a meal at the Soda Fountain, eating at Hollywood and Highland the other half. I hate city driving, so the convenient metro station is very welcome. I highly recommend this location to anyone who hasn't been there yet, even native Southern Californians.
Published: April 27, 2010 at 11:29 PMThis is definitely a place worth stopping in, as a part of a trip to the El Cap, or just a Hollywood visit. I often fill in at Jimmy Kimmel and will usually stop in to see what is new. For pin collectors, they have their own line of collectible pins, not available any place else. There are typically (current) movie related things for sale. The food is good, and a place we will eat on any H'wood trips.
The El Cap has a fun acoustical thing, if you can get the chance to try it - sit on opposite sides of the theater, in the same row, under the opera boxes; talking in a normal voice, you can hear the person at the other end of the row as if they are sitting right next to you. It may not work with the theater full, and ushers may need to be persuaded to let you try it. If you can, it's a cool effect. The theater itself is always themed inside and out for the movie playing at the time, with some sort of extra display (props...) It is a fun place to see a movie, too, especially with the extras if you can afford it once in a while.
If you are into more late night type content, it isn't too hard to get into Jimmy Kimmel show. There are people outside the theater a few hours before showtime to sort of sign in with.