Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre Celebrates its 75th Anniversary in May With Special Presentations of 10 Classic Films

New Print of 'Citizen Kane' and Unveiling of Wall of Fame Exhibit to Kick Off

Festivities on May 3rd and 4th



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Buena Vista Pictures Marketing

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- In
 celebration of its 75th anniversary, Hollywood's legendary El Capitan Theatre
 will host a series of 10 classic films beginning May 3rd, it was announced
 today (4/23) by Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special
 events for Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.   The series will kick off on
 Thursday, May 3rd, with the debut screening of a new 35mm print (struck from a
 recently discovered pristine master) of "Citizen Kane," the film which marked
 the El Capitan's bow as a movie theatre in 1941.  The other films in the
 series are: "Citizen Kane," "Rear Window," "Doctor Zhivago," "Vertigo,"
 "Sunset Blvd.," "Uptown Saturday Night," "The Man Who Knew Too Much," "Gigi,"
 "The Music Man," and "Sabrina."  Each of those classic titles had their
 Hollywood premieres at the El Capitan.  To celebrate the landmark theatre's
 diamond anniversary, each evening performance of these classic films will be
 preceded by a panel discussion that will include film historians, journalists,
 crafts people and/or stars who worked on the film.  As an added bonus, each
 presentation will also include a showing of Chuck Workman's Academy
 Award(R)-winning 1986 short film, "Precious Images."
     Also marking the theatre's milestone anniversary is the debut of "The Wall
 of Fame," a window display on the theatre's Promenade level which showcases
 photos of the stars and filmmakers who have attended premiere screenings at
 the historic El Capitan.  Other photo displays will chronicle the restoration
 of the legendary Hollywood movie palace.
     Commenting on the announcement, Breier said, "The El Capitan has been a
 special venue for 75 years, and we're excited to be showcasing its legacy as a
 movie palace as we celebrate its diamond anniversary.  These 10 films, some
 rarely seen on the big screen, are all diamonds as well.  Add in discussions
 of the film by its stars, writers, directors, and other crew, and it all adds
 up to an evening of great entertainment."
 
     The schedule of films is as follows:
 
     MAY 3RD - 4TH: CITIZEN KANE
     Showtimes:  May 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
                 May 4th at 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m.
 
     Often considered the greatest film ever made, Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane"
 launched the career of the master director and marked the first motion picture
 ever to play at the El Capitan Theatre sixty years ago.  Appropriately, this
 film returns with a never-before-seen newly struck print to celebrate the El
 Capitan's 75th anniversary.  Noted L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan will
 lead a panel discussion with the film's editor Robert Wise and other guests at
 the 7:00 p.m. show on May 3rd.  Details to be announced.
 
 
     MAY 5th: REAR WINDOW
     Showtimes:  2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m.
 
     Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 classic stars James Stewart as a wheelchair-bound
 man who spies on his neighbors for fun ... until he sees what he thinks could
 be a murder.  Renowned film critic and historian Charles Champlin will
 moderate the panel (at the 8:00 p.m. show), featuring Jim Katz, (who restored
 the film to its original splendor), actress Georgine Darcy, who played
 Stewart's neighbor "Miss Torso" in the film, and Pat Hitchcock, the daughter
 of the Master of Suspense.
 
 
     MAY 6th: DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
     Showtimes:  12:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.
 
     David Lean's masterpiece, based on the Boris Pasternak classic novel, is
 an epic, sweeping drama, the story of a man whose life and family are torn
 apart twice -- first by World War One, and again by the Russian revolution.
 At the 8:00 p.m. show, film critic/author/TCM host Robert Osborne will lead a
 discussion on the making of the film.  Lean's 2nd assistant director on the
 film, Peter Beale, noted director Ronald Neame (who produced and wrote several
 early Lean films), and the film's art director, Terrence Marsh, are scheduled
 to participate.
 
 
     MAY 7th: VERTIGO
     Showtimes:  5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
 
     The Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, is back in the spotlight with
 this gripping tale of a woman who may or may not be possessed by her
 200-year-old ancestor.  Distinguished New York Magazine film critic Peter
 Rainer will be joined by restoration expert Jim Katz and Pat Hitchcock to
 discuss this cinematic classic at the 8:00 p.m. showing.
 
 
     MAY 8th: SUNSET BLVD.
     Showtimes:  5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
 
     In this first-rate film showing Hollywood's darker side, William Holden
 plays a screenwriter under the spell of a former silent-screen star who's
 ready for her close-up.  Noted Time Magazine film critic/author/documentarian
 Richard Schickel will moderate a panel that is scheduled to include actresses
 Nancy Olson (who played the role of Betty Schaefer) and Yvette Vickers (the
 "giggling girl") at the 8:00 p.m. showing.
 
 
     MAY 9th: UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
     Showtimes:  5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
 
     In this wild comedy directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Poitier, Bill
 Cosby, Harry Belafonte, Flip Wilson, and Richard Pryor, two men chase after a
 winning lottery ticket, stolen from a wallet in a stick-up.  Guest panelists
 to be announced for the 8:00 p.m. discussion.
 
 
     MAY 10th: THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
     Showtimes:  5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
 
     When a spy dies in tourist James Stewart's arms he's mistaken for a secret
 agent by spies, in Alfred Hitchcock's masterful thriller.  And Doris Day sings
 "Que Sera, Sera!"  Restoration expert and film historian Scott MacQueen will
 be on hand at the 8:00 p.m. show to discuss the film along with Pat Hitchcock
 and other special guests.
 
 
     MAY 11th: GIGI
     Showtimes:  5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m.
 
     "Thank heaven" for this Academy Award(R)-winning musical, about love in
 Paris high society.  Maurice Chevalier, Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan and
 Hermione Gingold star in this charming tale that features a classic song score
 by Lerner and Loewe.  At the 8:00 p.m. show, Miles Krueger, founder and
 curator of the Institute of the American Musical, will discuss the film with
 Betty Wand, who was the singing voice double for actress Leslie Caron.
 
 
     MAY 12th: THE MUSIC MAN
     Showtimes:  2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m.
 
     There's trouble in River City when a pool hall opens -- or so con man
 "Professor" Harold Hill would have the good residents believe.  He's ready to
 gyp children out of the money they give him to start a boys' band, but he
 never expected to fall in love.  Musical expert Miles Krueger returns (for the
 8:00 p.m. showing), joined in conversation by star Buddy Hackett, Academy
 Award(R)-winning choreographer Onna White and her assistant Fred Curt.
 
 
     MAY 13th: SABRINA
     Showtimes:  2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.
 
     What better way to spend Mother's Day than at the El Capitan with this
 sophisticated comedy from director Billy Wilder.  Young Sabrina, the daughter
 of the wealthy Larrabee family's chauffeur, is all grown up and catching the
 eye of David Larrabee ... but it's David's brother, Linus, who she finds
 herself falling for.  Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden light
 up the screen in this classic.  Guests for the 8:00 p.m. panel to be
 announced.
 
 
     Built by real estate developer Charles Toberman in 1926, the El Capitan
 Theatre was billed as "Hollywood's First Home of Spoken Drama."  Beginning
 with "Charlot's Revue," over 120 live plays were produced at the El Capitan
 over the next ten years, including "No, No, Nanette," "Anything Goes," and
 "Ah, Wilderness."  In 1941, Orson Welles' Academy Award(R)-winning "Citizen
 Kane" made its world premiere at the El Capitan Theatre.  After the successful
 screening of "Citizen Kane," the theatre closed for remodeling.  A year later,
 it was reborn as the Hollywood Paramount, a sleek, new "art moderne" movie
 house.  In 1989, The Walt Disney Company joined forces with Pacific Theatres
 to begin a two-year museum-quality restoration of the legendary palace,
 culminating in June 1991, with the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures'
 "The Rocketeer."  Since then, the El Capitan has served as an exclusive
 first-run theater for The Walt Disney Studios, hosting live stage shows, world
 premieres, and other special events that have helped restore showmanship to
 Hollywood Boulevard.
 
     For further information, please contact: Heidi Trotta, Senior Vice
 President, Publicity of Buena Vista Pictures Marketing, 818-560-7280.
 
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    HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- In
 celebration of its 75th anniversary, Hollywood's legendary El Capitan Theatre
 will host a series of 10 classic films beginning May 3rd, it was announced
 today (4/23) by Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special
 events for Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.   The series will kick off on
 Thursday, May 3rd, with the debut screening of a new 35mm print (struck from a
 recently discovered pristine master) of "Citizen Kane," the film which marked
 the El Capitan's bow as a movie theatre in 1941.  The other films in the
 series are: "Citizen Kane," "Rear Window," "Doctor Zhivago," "Vertigo,"
 "Sunset Blvd.," "Uptown Saturday Night," "The Man Who Knew Too Much," "Gigi,"
 "The Music Man," and "Sabrina."  Each of those classic titles had their
 Hollywood premieres at the El Capitan.  To celebrate the landmark theatre's
 diamond anniversary, each evening performance of these classic films will be
 preceded by a panel discussion that will include film historians, journalists,
 crafts people and/or stars who worked on the film.  As an added bonus, each
 presentation will also include a showing of Chuck Workman's Academy
 Award(R)-winning 1986 short film, "Precious Images."
     Also marking the theatre's milestone anniversary is the debut of "The Wall
 of Fame," a window display on the theatre's Promenade level which showcases
 photos of the stars and filmmakers who have attended premiere screenings at
 the historic El Capitan.  Other photo displays will chronicle the restoration
 of the legendary Hollywood movie palace.
     Commenting on the announcement, Breier said, "The El Capitan has been a
 special venue for 75 years, and we're excited to be showcasing its legacy as a
 movie palace as we celebrate its diamond anniversary.  These 10 films, some
 rarely seen on the big screen, are all diamonds as well.  Add in discussions
 of the film by its stars, writers, directors, and other crew, and it all adds
 up to an evening of great entertainment."
 
     The schedule of films is as follows:
 
     MAY 3RD - 4TH: CITIZEN KANE
     Showtimes:  May 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
                 May 4th at 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m.
 
     Often considered the greatest film ever made, Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane"
 launched the career of the master director and marked the first motion picture
 ever to play at the El Capitan Theatre sixty years ago.  Appropriately, this
 film returns with a never-before-seen newly struck print to celebrate the El
 Capitan's 75th anniversary.  Noted L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan will
 lead a panel discussion with the film's editor Robert Wise and other guests at
 the 7:00 p.m. show on May 3rd.  Details to be announced.
 
 
     MAY 5th: REAR WINDOW
     Showtimes:  2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m.
 
     Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 classic stars James Stewart as a wheelchair-bound
 man who spies on his neighbors for fun ... until he sees what he thinks could
 be a murder.  Renowned film critic and historian Charles Champlin will
 moderate the panel (at the 8:00 p.m. show), featuring Jim Katz, (who restored
 the film to its original splendor), actress Georgine Darcy, who played
 Stewart's neighbor "Miss Torso" in the film, and Pat Hitchcock, the daughter
 of the Master of Suspense.
 
 
     MAY 6th: DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
     Showtimes:  12:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.
 
     David Lean's masterpiece, based on the Boris Pasternak classic novel, is
 an epic, sweeping drama, the story of a man whose life and family are torn
 apart twice -- first by World War One, and again by the Russian revolution.
 At the 8:00 p.m. show, film critic/author/TCM host Robert Osborne will lead a
 discussion on the making of the film.  Lean's 2nd assistant director on the
 film, Peter Beale, noted director Ronald Neame (who produced and wrote several
 early Lean films), and the film's art director, Terrence Marsh, are scheduled
 to participate.
 
 
     MAY 7th: VERTIGO
     Showtimes:  5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
 
     The Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, is back in the spotlight with
 this gripping tale of a woman who may or may not be possessed by her
 200-year-old ancestor.  Distinguished New York Magazine film critic Peter
 Rainer will be joined by restoration expert Jim Katz and Pat Hitchcock to
 discuss this cinematic classic at the 8:00 p.m. showing.
 
 
     MAY 8th: SUNSET BLVD.
     Showtimes:  5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
 
     In this first-rate film showing Hollywood's darker side, William Holden
 plays a screenwriter under the spell of a former silent-screen star who's
 ready for her close-up.  Noted Time Magazine film critic/author/documentarian
 Richard Schickel will moderate a panel that is scheduled to include actresses
 Nancy Olson (who played the role of Betty Schaefer) and Yvette Vickers (the
 "giggling girl") at the 8:00 p.m. showing.
 
 
     MAY 9th: UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
     Showtimes:  5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
 
     In this wild comedy directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Poitier, Bill
 Cosby, Harry Belafonte, Flip Wilson, and Richard Pryor, two men chase after a
 winning lottery ticket, stolen from a wallet in a stick-up.  Guest panelists
 to be announced for the 8:00 p.m. discussion.
 
 
     MAY 10th: THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
     Showtimes:  5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
 
     When a spy dies in tourist James Stewart's arms he's mistaken for a secret
 agent by spies, in Alfred Hitchcock's masterful thriller.  And Doris Day sings
 "Que Sera, Sera!"  Restoration expert and film historian Scott MacQueen will
 be on hand at the 8:00 p.m. show to discuss the film along with Pat Hitchcock
 and other special guests.
 
 
     MAY 11th: GIGI
     Showtimes:  5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m.
 
     "Thank heaven" for this Academy Award(R)-winning musical, about love in
 Paris high society.  Maurice Chevalier, Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan and
 Hermione Gingold star in this charming tale that features a classic song score
 by Lerner and Loewe.  At the 8:00 p.m. show, Miles Krueger, founder and
 curator of the Institute of the American Musical, will discuss the film with
 Betty Wand, who was the singing voice double for actress Leslie Caron.
 
 
     MAY 12th: THE MUSIC MAN
     Showtimes:  2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m.
 
     There's trouble in River City when a pool hall opens -- or so con man
 "Professor" Harold Hill would have the good residents believe.  He's ready to
 gyp children out of the money they give him to start a boys' band, but he
 never expected to fall in love.  Musical expert Miles Krueger returns (for the
 8:00 p.m. showing), joined in conversation by star Buddy Hackett, Academy
 Award(R)-winning choreographer Onna White and her assistant Fred Curt.
 
 
     MAY 13th: SABRINA
     Showtimes:  2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.
 
     What better way to spend Mother's Day than at the El Capitan with this
 sophisticated comedy from director Billy Wilder.  Young Sabrina, the daughter
 of the wealthy Larrabee family's chauffeur, is all grown up and catching the
 eye of David Larrabee ... but it's David's brother, Linus, who she finds
 herself falling for.  Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden light
 up the screen in this classic.  Guests for the 8:00 p.m. panel to be
 announced.
 
 
     Built by real estate developer Charles Toberman in 1926, the El Capitan
 Theatre was billed as "Hollywood's First Home of Spoken Drama."  Beginning
 with "Charlot's Revue," over 120 live plays were produced at the El Capitan
 over the next ten years, including "No, No, Nanette," "Anything Goes," and
 "Ah, Wilderness."  In 1941, Orson Welles' Academy Award(R)-winning "Citizen
 Kane" made its world premiere at the El Capitan Theatre.  After the successful
 screening of "Citizen Kane," the theatre closed for remodeling.  A year later,
 it was reborn as the Hollywood Paramount, a sleek, new "art moderne" movie
 house.  In 1989, The Walt Disney Company joined forces with Pacific Theatres
 to begin a two-year museum-quality restoration of the legendary palace,
 culminating in June 1991, with the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures'
 "The Rocketeer."  Since then, the El Capitan has served as an exclusive
 first-run theater for The Walt Disney Studios, hosting live stage shows, world
 premieres, and other special events that have helped restore showmanship to
 Hollywood Boulevard.
 
     For further information, please contact: Heidi Trotta, Senior Vice
 President, Publicity of Buena Vista Pictures Marketing, 818-560-7280.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
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