El Capitan Restored (50 images)

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The fully restored El Capitan Theater - 6838 Hollywood Boulevard - one of the big three Sid Grauman movie palaces on the boulevard - the Egyptian (1922), El Capitan (1926), and Chinese (1927) - but this one opened as a legitimate theater on May 3, 1926, not a movie palace. The amazing Spanish Colonial Revival exterior was designed by Stiles O. Clements. As a movie theater it fell into disuse in the Depression and when Orson Welles was unable to locate a theater owner willing to risk screening...
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