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Dave Felthous

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From: Seattle, WA
Registered: Jun 2003

 - posted January 23, 2011 09:26 PM      Profile for Dave Felthous   Email Dave Felthous         Edit/Delete Post 
I'm old but I have a good memory.

My first visit to Hollywood, 1955, when I was 16, I stayed at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, with a great view of Grauman's Chinese, with its CinemaScope sign, but also, across the street a bit,the Paramount, with its modern look.

Fast forward many years. The Paramount is now the El Capitan, looking very grand, but my recollection is that there was another El Capitan, on a side street, up Hollywood Blvd. and around the corner.

At that time TV shows were being filmed at that El Capitan, and I remember watching back home in the Pacfic Northwest and the announcement "LIVE from the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood!"

So, am I right? The El Capitan originally was at another location and it eventually moved to the Paramount and took the name with it?

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Jeff Arellano
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From: Monterey Park, CA
Registered: Jun 2003

 - posted January 23, 2011 11:20 PM      Profile for Jeff Arellano   Email Jeff Arellano         Edit/Delete Post 
Yes you are. It was the hollywood playhouse on vine across from the capitol building. Look at the cinematreasure post from jan 2005 and it describes the name. It was the avalon for a while.

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