Smashing box office records the past two weekends, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is huge hit but if you haven’t seen it yet then you will find no better way to enjoy the beautiful film than at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre.
They always do it up big at the El Capitan and for this special engagement, there’s a custom Swarovski crystal curtain, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST costum/prop exhibit, a custom curtain pre-show, and special dining packages. Your local cineplex will not welcome you to be their guest in anywhere near as grand a scale as the El Capitan Theatre.
We were invited to check out the festivities this past week and can safely say that this is truly a magical Disney experience that you’ll want to experience for yourself, whether you’ve seen the movie or not! Here’s a list of Six Must-See Things for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the El Capitan Theatre
Swarovski Crystal Curtain
In Theater Props
Exclusive Costumes and Props Exhibit
Rose Wall Photo-Op
You’ll want to get up close to admire this one. The bling factor is real.
A few props are in and around the theater include a Rose jar and two ENORMOUS lanterns from the front of the castle. Two chandeliers also hang inside along with a rose garland.
For this special engagement of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the El Capitan presents a special curtain show that uses projections, lights, and other effects to bring dazzling visuals to life in celebration of the film. The whole thing is set to a BEAUTY AND THE BEAST overture, arranged by Alan Menken’s long-time music director Michael Kosarin. Done in the style and tradition of the great classic roadshow film overtures, it was recorded by a 100-piece symphonic studio orchestra, and takes the audience through the best loved songs from the 1991 animated film, as well as some of the gorgeous new songs written for this new live-action one.
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Our favorite component of any engagement at the El Capitan is when there’s the exclusive Costumes and Prop exhibits! You can get up-close looks at film-used pieces from the film!
First, a look at the costumes! Belle, Beast, Lumiere, and Cogsworth.
There’s also a bunch of props on display…
In grand Disney tradition, there’s dining packages to plus your experience…
GHIRARDELLI SIP & SEE PACKAGE for $27.00 per person is a great option that includes VIP Preferred Seat for the movie, VIP Popcorn, 20 oz. drink of choice. PLUS, either before or after the movie Guests will be able to take their ticket to Ghirardelli and enjoy a cup of Twinings exclusive BEAUTY & THE BEAST Tea paired with a crunchy biscotti freshly dipped in Ghirardelli chocolate. Reservations are required in advance (tickets must be booked no later than 24 hrs business days).
Movie & Meal package at Hard Rock Café for $30.00 per person is another fantastic deal that includes a REGULAR movie ticket and meal! Guests see the movie first and then have a meal at the Hard Rock Café after. Guests select their entrée upon arrival at the restaurant. Reservations are required 24 hours (Business Days) in advance by calling 1-818-845-3110.
Disney invited us to this special engagement with a Sip & See Package. We opted to take our tea and biscotti to go so that we could grab our seats in the theater and just relax in the twinkle of the custom Swarovski Crystal curtain! There’s several tea options available including Chamomile Honey and Vanilla, Lemon & Ginger, Orange & Cinammon Spice, or Pure Peppermint..
What we found to be a surprisingly big hit was a beautiful wall of HUNDREDS of live roses. The blooms are a special variety sold by Luxe Bloom that remain wilt free for several weeks. Get to the theater early and get your photo here before the long lines build!
Yes, the roses are real!
Of course, you can also find a slew of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST merchandise, too!
See it for yourself!
Daily showtimes at the El Capitan Theatre are 10:45 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 10:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now, available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at www.elcapitantickets.com or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST enchants theaters on March 17, 2017.