Best Animated Film Screening, August 2008
If the wood interior (carved in 1926) of the El Capitan Theatre doesn’t suck you in, maybe the preshow organist pounding out melodies on a Mighty Wurlitzer will. By the time a trapdoor in the stage opens and he and the golden monolith are lowered out of sight—the children belting out adieus as he waves good-bye—you’re on your way to feeling like a kid yourself. The theater shows Disney movies both classic (Lady and the Tramp, Cinderella) and first-run (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian). Themed events are common, such as sing-along nights or “Enchanted Experience,” which invites the public to meet flesh-and-blood versions of animated princesses, from Snow White to Enchanted’s Giselle.