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Zoolapalooza ‘Zootopia’ Fun at the El Capitan Theatre

Excited to see Zootopia at El Capitan

Taking my kids to the movies is one of my most favorite things in the world to do. It’s the smell of the popcorn, the excitement to see the big screen, and most of all, watching their little faces light up when they see a movie that makes them giggle or squeal with excitement. While taking them to any local theatre is fun, when I want to make a special night of it I love to take them to El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

Before you even reach the theatre, there are street performers on every corner, providing entertainment for families everywhere you look. As you reach the theatre with its bright shining lights and grand entrance, you feel like you’ve been transported back to the way a true theatre used to be. Originally built back in 1926, this glamorous playhouse was transformed into a theatre that has created magic with every film that is shown.

El Capitan is equipped with all things a traditional theatre would have. There are concession stands, standard movie seats, a large screen, etc. But what it has that sets it apart from most is a mighty organ that plays all of your Disney favorite songs as you enter the room. Lights and music set the stage for a fun evening of the movies theme.

Learning about Zootopia at El Capitan

Last night, we went to watch Disney’s Zootopia. The theatre brought out a Wildlife Center host with some fun animals that are featured in the film. A bunny, fox, and even a sloth were brought out onto the stage for the audience to see. Each animal was introduced, and the host of the show even shares fun facts about them. After meeting each animal, the theatre pumps you up for the show by playing the “Zootopia” theme song while the main characters, Judy Hopps (the bunny) and Nick Wilde (the Fox) lead the dance party! Then, it’s movie time!!!

Zootopia is a story of a sweet bunny rabbit trying to find her place in a world amongst predators trying to prove that even though she is little, she is fierce. She tries to overcome the stigma of being one of nature’s most popular “prey” and is determined to do something to make her mark in the world, instead of just farming carrots like her family. She teams up with an unlikely hustler fox that helps her crack the case.

Zootopia El Capitan

My four-year-old was a bit scared at parts, but she’s can be a little sensitive too. The kids will love the cute animals, and the parents will appreciate the humor, especially the part highlighting the fun at the DMV. Go see it, especially at El Capitan Theatre. Like they say, “Just zoo it!”

The El Capitan Theatre is located at 6838 Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood. Daily showtimes are 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, online at or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6.

On select dates, El Capitan guests may enjoy breakfast, meet Judy Hopps and receive a commemorative photo before seeing the 10am movie. Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required with purchase of movie ticket.

El Capitan guests may also enjoy a Dave & Busters Movie & a Meal Offer, which includes a reserved seat for “Zootopia,” choice of entrée from the Dave & Busters Eat & Play menu and a $10 Dave & Busters game card. Reservations required 24 hours in advance with movie ticket.

The El Capitan Theatre will also host a very special Tiny Tot Tuesday every Tuesday at 10am during the run of “Zootopia.” During these special screenings, parents and small children may enjoy the movie in a tot-friendly way—with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels.

Jessica Webster lives in Santa Clarita with her husband and three girls, Charlotte, Elle and Claire. Her life is filled with dance parties, princess dresses and lots of love!

We attended the show as a guest of the El Capitan Theatre

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