The El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard

My favourite Disney film from my childhood was Beauty and the Beast. I used to watch it over and over, I think I actually wore out the VHS! I’ve been really looking forward to the live action remake, so when my friend invited us to go see it somewhere pretty special I couldn’t refuse.

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The El Capitan Theater (I know I’m spelling it the American way…. I haven’t lost all my English skills yet!) is on Hollywood Boulevard in LA. Known as “Hollywood’s First Home of Spoken Drama” it was built in the 1920s as a playhouse when the area started to establish itself as the entertainment capital. It is now owned by Disney and has been restored to all it’s former glitz and glamour, the Hollywood you expect from the movies. It’s definitely not your average cinema.

Last night we made the trip down to LA to see the new Beauty and the Beast film. The theatre also showcases some of the costumes and props from the film, making it an extra special experience. Getting to see the enchanted rose, the costumes from the ballroom scene, and my favourite character, Lumiere, was amazing! It really is something else. I would definitely recommend the experience to anyone in the area.

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After taking lots of photos and loading up on snacks, we took our seats in the theatre. The movie started with a light show on a Swarovski crystal curtain, before firing a cannon of rose petals over the audience and the show began. I’m not sure I want to go back to an average cinema after going here!

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This isn’t a film review, so I won’t go on too much about it, but I LOVED this film. I had high hopes for it and it didn’t disappoint! I felt like I was a little girl again, watching the same film but a grown up version. I thought Emma Watson made a great Belle, and Lumiere was still my favourite character. There were a few added extras (new songs, the story of Belle’s mother, the Beast’s backstory) and a few little changes to the plot, but this made it even better for me personally.

This was definitely an experience I would do again, I’m signing up the El Capitan newsletter to find out what other films they are showing throughout the year!

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