|Letter from Los Angeles
||Sunday | 22 March 2015
Cinderella in Hollywood
Los Angeles, California: While they were
bought tickets on-line arranged for Dave and I to take Leo
to see the new Disney movie,
Not only did we see the film, we saw the film in the Disney-owned,
El Capitan Theater
in Hollywood. Since Disney owns the joint, Olaf (from
entertained the kidlets with a song and dance before the show and the original
costume worn by Cinderella was on display in the lobby.
Leo thought it was all pretty magical.
The El Capitan is across Hollywood Boulevard from
Mann's Chinese Theater
Joking aside - this dress is blue -
just a thousand flash bulbs were going off when I
snapped this photo.
The theater proudly uses a 1920 Wurlitzer organ before the shows. The organ -
and the organist - disappear below the stage via a mini elevator platform.
Identical opera boxes flank the stage. You may be interested to know
The Muppet Movie was filmed at The El Capitan! Just imagine
Statler and Waldorf heckling performers from these gorgeous balconies.
Olaf (the comical side-kick from Frozen)
appeared on stage before the film began. He sang a song and danced. Leo was
entranced. Me too. DT couldn't figure out how anyone could dance/move with
their legs so far apart in a costume.
DT has a legitimate point.
Moments before the film began, Disney ran a "short" called
Fever. The eight-minute movie is about Queen Elsa throwing a birthday party for
her sister, Anna. Elsa has a cold, so leaves a few arrangements to others. Chaos
ensues. It is very funny. Leo loved Frozen Fever.
39 second trailer below:
Guess what, Grandparents? Frozen 2 is coming!
Let the Show Begin! Our tickets came
with "free" popcorn and drinks. Little Munchkin chowed-down
on popcorn and apple juice. The theater provided booster
seats for shorter patrons.
I did not use a booster seat.
I really liked the movie. Such pretty sets and amazing special effects -
especially the pumpkin to/from carriage parts. Loved
Downton Abbey actresses (Lily James -
Cousin Rose on Downton - is Cinderella, and Sophie
McShera - Daisy on Downton - plays Evil Stepsister
Drisella) on the Big Screen.
It was a great Sunday in Los Angeles!
Until my next update, I remain, your Hollywood correspondent.
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