El Capitan Theatre

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.