Via former Los Angeles area THS director Ted Gooding:
“All About the El Capitan Theatre” — a tour by Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation (www.lahtf.org ) Saturday, January 28, 2012 Doors open at 7:45 am. Ticket info on website.
This immersive tour will take you from basement to booth. Trained docents will lead you backstage and behind the footlights, where technicians operate sophisticated performance systems to make the live shows come alive. The tour continues under stage where the performers prepare. There are some amazing special stage effects to see, as well. “All About the El Capitan” is an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of America’s most successful single screen theatre. Don’t miss it!
Before the tour begins, theatre historian (and THS Board member) Ed Kelsey will present a photographic history of the El Capitan – first as a legit house then its transformation into the Paramount. Ed Collins, El Capitan Executive Director, will pick up the story from the beginning of the Walt Disney Company’s restoration and operation of the theatre.
El Capitan organist Rob Richards will present a demonstration of the Mighty Wurlitzer. (originally in the Fox, San Francisco).