‘Little Mermaid’ returns to Disney-owned movie theater in Hollywood for limited run in 3D

September 16th, 2013 | by Sherry Barkas | Comments
"The Little Mermaid" is the star of her own ride at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim. The movie is being shown at Disney's El Capitan theater in Hollywood in 3D. Photo by Sherry Barkas

“The Little Mermaid” is the star of her own ride at Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim. The movie is being shown at Disney’s El Capitan theater in Hollywood in 3D. Photo by Sherry Barkas

Fans of “The Little Mermaid” may want to head to Hollywood where the movie is showing exclusively at Disney’s El Capitan theater — in 3D no less — through Oct. 13.

The movie is due for re-release on Blu-Ray next month.

A special live, sing-a-long with Sofia from “Sofia the First” is presented

before each showing of the movie.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.elcapitan.go.com

The theater is at 6838 Hollywood Blvd., across from Grauman’s Theatre.

If you’ve never been to the historic El Capitan, it’s a real treat.

The theater first opened on May 3, 1926, as “Hollywood’s First Home of Spoken Drama.”

According to El Capitan’s website, more than 120 live plays were produced at the El Capitan Theatre between 1926 and 1936, including “No, No, Nanette,” “Anything Goes,” and “Ah, Wilderness,” and its stage was graced by such legendary stars as Will Rogers, Clark Gable and Joan Fontaine.

“Citizen Kane” made its world premiere at El Capitan in 1941 and the theater closed for remodeling soon after. It reopened a year later as the Hollywood Paramount, “a sleek new art moderne movie house,” the web site states .

In 1989, the Walt Disney Co. teamed with Pacific Theatres in restoring El Capitan, a national historic site, to its original splendor of colorful East Indian design, inside and out. It reopened in 1991 with the world premiere of “The Rocketeer.”

Today, it is a first-run theater for Walt Disney Pictures, where you can catch the new Disney and Pixar releases and where classics such as “The Little Mermaid” come out of the vault for an exclusive showing. The theater is also host to live stage shows, world premieres and other special events.

As movie-goers are taking their seats, they are entertained by an organist playing music from Disney movies past and present on a Wurlitzer organ.

You have a choice of general admission tickets or reserved seating, which also includes a bucket of popcorn and drink for each ticketholder.

I have been several times and it’s a movie going experience you can’t find anywhere else today.

And, there’s not a bad seat in the house, whether lower level or in the balcony, where I prefer to sit.


Word is that the next “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie that was slated for release summer 2015 is on hold for at least a year. The Hollywood Reporter quotes producer Jerry Bruckheimer as saying the delay is over script issues.

“We have an outline everyone loves but the script is not done,” Bruckheimer told THR.

I say take all the time you need. I’m a huge fan of the “Pirates” movies, but let’s face it, the sequels haven’t been stellar. I say, don’t do a sequel for sequel and money’s sake. Make sure you actually have a storyline and script that make it worth the price of admission.


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