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El Capitan Theatre
Hollywood, CA
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After you travel a few more blocks west, you will see a large neon sign (surprise) directing you to the El Capitan Theatre. Currently a showplace all Disney animation shows and movies, the El Capitan was recently restored.

Great sights to see at the El Capitan include its historic marquee, stage, and of course the incomparable box office. Surprises await you when you visit the El Capitan, open or closed.

 

 

Vogue Theatre
Hollywood, CA
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Jump down to mid Hollywood Boulevard and you'll encounter more theatres. One of the minor theatres is the Hollywood Vogue, an old theatre on Hollywood. Here you can see special performances and other shows of interest.

 

 

 

 

Mann's Chinese Theatre
Hollywood, CA
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Just about directly across the street is Mann's Chinese Theatre. With its majestic pagoda and patio in the front featuring hand, foot, and even nose prints of noted movie stars, the Chinese is one of the "must-see" stops in Hollywood. The Chinese Theatre was built by Sid Grauman in 1927 and still exudes elegance and as sense of newness to this day

Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Hollywood, CA
Photo courtesy Scott Broadhurst

 

UPDATE 12/10 : To the far left is an updated photo of the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood from 2009. The neon marquees on the sides are now gone. Many thanks to Scott Broadhurst for updated photo. 12-10

 

 

Hollywood Galaxy
Hollywood, CA
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On the far west side of Hollywood Boulevard, though not more than a block or two away from the Chinese is General Cinema's Hollywood Galaxy Theatre. Recently renovated, you wouldn't be able to miss the neon blue globe and theatre signage while walking or driving down Hollywood Boulevard at night. A multiplex, the Galaxy is a contradiction to its venerable single-screen neighbors.

 

 

Cinerama Dome
Hollywood, CA
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On the Eastern side of Sunset Boulevard is the famous Cinerama Dome. Pacific Theatres, owner of just about all the drive-ins that are being knocked down, recently unveiled a controversial plan to gut the inside of the Dome and build a huge shopping complex around the outside. After much debate with conservation groups, Pacific "compromised" and decided to scale-back significantly the plans for the outside complex. However, plans are still on the board to redo the inside of the theatre, perhaps installing "stadium-style" seating, and bring the inside up to modern standards.

The Cinerama Dome was built in 1963 taking only 16 weeks to complete.

 

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