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June 16, 1991 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Time was when Hollywood was the glamorous movie capital of the world, a place where searchlights illuminated the heavens as stars of the silver screen strolled past gawking onlookers into the premieres of their latest films. But over the years, Hollywood crumbled, and its renowned theaters fell into disrepair. Crime flourished, traffic worsened and cruisers along world-famous Hollywood Boulevard made it a chore just to get to the ticket window.
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March 23, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
The gig: Ray Adamyk, 52, is president of Spectra Co., a Pomona firm that has played a major role in restoring such prominent historic buildings as the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, the Catalina Casino in Avalon and the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In his view, preservation and environmentalism are two sides of the same coin. "The greenest building is one that already exists," he said. "I think people want to see old buildings restored. " Early days: Adamyk was born in England and reared in Canada, where he enjoyed physically demanding sports in his school days.
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BUSINESS
September 17, 2008 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
The historic El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, where "Citizen Kane" had its world premiere and a generation of children have watched actors dressed as Disney characters cavort onstage, is for sale. The $31-million price tag includes the six-story, 1920s office building into which the theater is built. Walt Disney Co. will remain the long-term tenant at the theater, which the studio renovated in the early 1990s and has used to showcase many of its recent children's movies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Jason La
Archie Tucker photographed a group of sightseeing monks as they stopped for a few photos of their own in front of the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. He took this photo in July 2013 using a Nikon D7000. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 1992 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Jackson's prospect of larger-than-life status on Hollywood Boulevard has been blocked by a government agency's ruling against plans to place an 80-foot-tall, $200,000 mural of the pop music star on a wall of the historically designated El Capitan Theatre. But the Hollywood Arts Council says it isn't giving up on plans to have renowned Los Angeles-based muralist Kent Twitchell display the giant artwork which he has prepared.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2001 | BILL DESOWITZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
How fitting that the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood celebrates its 75th anniversary this month with a series of films that debuted at the legendary movie palace, beginning with a screening tonight and Friday night of "Citizen Kane." After all, it was 60 years ago next week (on May 9, to be exact) that the once-infamous, now-revered Orson Welles film made its world premiere at the El Capitan.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
The gig: Ray Adamyk, 52, is president of Spectra Co., a Pomona firm that has played a major role in restoring such prominent historic buildings as the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, the Catalina Casino in Avalon and the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In his view, preservation and environmentalism are two sides of the same coin. "The greenest building is one that already exists," he said. "I think people want to see old buildings restored. " Early days: Adamyk was born in England and reared in Canada, where he enjoyed physically demanding sports in his school days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Joseph J. Musil, a Santa Ana-based theater designer with a flair for showmanship and a reverence for a bygone era of movie-going whose work included the restoration of the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood and the transformation of the Crest Theater in Westwood, has died. He was 73. Musil, who had a long history of heart disease and diabetes, died of heart failure June 28 in a convalescent hospital in Orange, said his brother, Robert. "Joe had an unlimited imagination," said Ed Collins, general manager of the El Capitan, the Disney-operated movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1996
When "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" goes on stage at the El Capitan Theatre later this month, it's not likely that the 68-year-old West Hollywood monument will come tumbling down. Not after this week, when 140,000 pounds of steel were threaded vertically through the building as part of a $3-million seismic retrofitting.
NEWS
June 30, 1991
The interesting article on the reopening of the El Capitan Theatre (Times, June 16) contains an error. While the Los Angeles premiere of "Citizen Kane" was indeed held at this theater on May 8, 1941, the theater at that time was still operating under its original name. The name was not changed until the following year. It reopened as the Paramount Hollywood on March 18, 1942, with the world premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's "Reap the Wild Wind." JIMMIE HICKS Hollywood
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2011
'Cars 2' World Grand Prix Where: El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood When: Through Aug. 28 Price: Admission free with film ticket purchase. Adults, $22; children ages 3 to 11 and seniors older than 60, $18. Group rate (20 or more), $14. VIP admission, $30 (includes popcorn, soft drink, reserved seat and no waiting in line). Information: (800) 347-6396. Group rate tickets, (818) 845-3110; http://www.elcapitantickets.com
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2010
FAMILY Las Posadas The merchants of Olvera Street in downtown L.A. commemorate the nine nights leading up to Christmas with Las Posadas, a reenactment of Mary and Joseph's journey into Bethlehem to find shelter. The annual tradition features a procession, hymns sung in Spanish and English, entertainment, the breaking of a piñata, and complimentary pan dulce and hot chocolate. Avila Adobe, 10 Olvera St., L.A. Activities begin at 6 p.m., procession at 7 p.m. Ends Dec. 24. Free.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2010
MOVIES In lieu of the French duo Daft Punk playing live during "Tron: Legacy" with a 100-piece orchestra, Hollywood's legendary El Capitan Theatre will give us the next best thing: a laser light show before each screening. OK, so it's not vocoders or spacesuits from the band that scored the Jeff Bridges vehicle, but we have a feeling that lasers shooting around the theater will delight even the most steely of robot hearts. To further entice your electronic soul: One person will win a pair of tickets to Disney California Adventure Park before every showing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Joseph J. Musil, a Santa Ana-based theater designer with a flair for showmanship and a reverence for a bygone era of movie-going whose work included the restoration of the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood and the transformation of the Crest Theater in Westwood, has died. He was 73. Musil, who had a long history of heart disease and diabetes, died of heart failure June 28 in a convalescent hospital in Orange, said his brother, Robert. "Joe had an unlimited imagination," said Ed Collins, general manager of the El Capitan, the Disney-operated movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2010 | By Susan King
Decades before we began to keep up with the Kardashians or wondered about "The Girls Next Door," there was "This Is Your Life." For years, host and creator Ralph Edwards would surprise the famous, infamous and even non- celebrities with a look back at their lives. The show originally aired on the radio from 1948-52 and then moved to NBC TV in 1952 and continued until 1961. A new version appeared briefly in 1972 on the network. Last year, Ralph Edwards Productions -- Edwards died in 2005 -- donated some 400 episodes plus other material to the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2008 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
The historic El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, where "Citizen Kane" had its world premiere and a generation of children have watched actors dressed as Disney characters cavort onstage, is for sale. The $31-million price tag includes the six-story, 1920s office building into which the theater is built. Walt Disney Co. will remain the long-term tenant at the theater, which the studio renovated in the early 1990s and has used to showcase many of its recent children's movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2011
'Cars 2' World Grand Prix Where: El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood When: Through Aug. 28 Price: Admission free with film ticket purchase. Adults, $22; children ages 3 to 11 and seniors older than 60, $18. Group rate (20 or more), $14. VIP admission, $30 (includes popcorn, soft drink, reserved seat and no waiting in line). Information: (800) 347-6396. Group rate tickets, (818) 845-3110; http://www.elcapitantickets.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Jason La
Archie Tucker photographed a group of sightseeing monks as they stopped for a few photos of their own in front of the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. He took this photo in July 2013 using a Nikon D7000. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2008
Well, another Memorial Day has come and gone and are we any wiser? Did you find any fun, new ways to spend time away from work (assuming you were lucky enough to get the day off)? Or were you disappointed by some old standards? Let us know. Send your own Underrated and Overrated ideas to theguide@latimes.com. BRAND BOOKSHOP For 22 years, this cozy, browser-friendly mom-and-pop bookshop in Glendale (231 N. Brand Blvd.) has stocked more than 100,000 used titles from more than 1,400 sections, not to mention records and CDs. GAS PRICES With a gallon hanging tough at over $4, you've got a built-in, easy excuse to blow off friends whom you're too lazy to drive and see anyhow.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2007 | Jenny Sundel
Amy Adams, decked out in an ethereal gown fit for a fairy tale, was the belle of the ball at the premiere of "Enchanted" Nov. 17. Just don't tell that to Beauty, who stepped out of a limo with Beast, before the legendary couple walked down the red carpet at the Disney affair. 1. Patrick Dempsey enjoyed (soda) shop talk with leading lady Adams before hitting the after-party, where the ballroom set from the film was re-created in a tent behind the El Capitan Theatre. 2.
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