El Capitan Theatre presents EARTH in limited engagement

One of the few aspects of living in the Los Angeles area that I miss are the terrific events hosted by the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Next up is Disneynature’s “EARTH” for a limited engagement. The gala premiere was held there just the other night.

The El Capitan engagement will run from April 22nd through May 26th, and will also feature a live stage show called “Animals From Around the World,” spotlighting wildlife experts sharing the unique characteristics of exotic animals in their care.

Plus, for every moviegoer who buys a ticket to the opening week of the movie, Disneynature will plant a tree on their behalf in the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil. And, exclusively, during the run at the El Capitan, audiences will have a chance to see the new 4000-square-foot painting inspired by the film, “EARTH,” and painted by Wyland, the world’s best-loved environmental artist. Wyland is world renowned for his monumental Whaling Wall mural project (viewed by an estimated 1 billion people each year), his activities through the Wyland Foundation, and for being a leading advocate for marine resource conservation.

The El Capitan is also teaming up with Southern California Edison and Greenlite Lighting Corporation to “CHANGE the world” by providing energy efficient CFL lightbulbs for home use. For a minimum donation of 25 cents, guests will receive a CFL bulb which uses 75% less energy than standard bulbs.

Tickets are available at the El Capitan Theatre box office (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), on line at www.elcapitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6

The full press release is below the cut:

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre celebrates Earth Day (April 22nd) with the debut of Disneynature’s, “EARTH,” an extraordinary new film from Disney’s newest banner, it was announced today by Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The El Capitan engagement will run from April 22nd through May 26th, and will also feature a live stage show called “Animals From Around the World,” spotlighting wildlife experts sharing the unique characteristics of exotic animals in their care. Daily showtimes are at 10:00 am, 12:30 pm, 3:45 pm, 7:00 pm, and 9:35 pm. Tickets are available at the El Capitan Theatre box office (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), on line 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.

Plus, for every moviegoer who buys a ticket to the opening week of the movie, Disneynature will plant a tree on their behalf in the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil. And, exclusively, during the run at the El Capitan, audiences will have a chance to see the new 4000-square-foot painting inspired by the film, “EARTH,” and painted by Wyland, the world’s best-loved environmental artist. Wyland is world renowned for his monumental Whaling Wall mural project (viewed by an estimated 1 billion people each year), his activities through the Wyland Foundation, and for being a leading advocate for marine resource conservation.

The El Capitan is also teaming up with Southern California Edison and Greenlite Lighting Corporation to “CHANGE the world” by providing energy efficient CFL lightbulbs for home use. For a minimum donation of 25 cents, guests will receive a CFL bulb which uses 75% less energy than standard bulbs. All proceeds will benefit green projects in Los Angeles public schools (grades PreK-8) in the Hollywood area. Additionally, displays will offer entertaining and educational insights into Disney’s Worldwide Conservation Fund and efforts to study and protect polar bears, whales, African elephants and ecosystems.

Commenting on the announcement, Breier said, “‘EARTH’ is a unique and fantastic way for families to explore our planet, learn about the wildlife that inhabits it, and be enormously entertained at the same time. And the El Capitan is the perfect place to experience this phenomenal film with its state-of-the-art digital projection, live stage show with exotic live animals, and the debut of an original work of art by a world famous artist. We’re proud to help increase awareness for conserving energy by distributing CFL lightbulbs, and to be supporting conservation by planting trees in one of the most endangered rain forests in the world on behalf of our patrons. Disney has a great legacy of creating groundbreaking nature films, and this first movie from Disneynature builds upon that foundation and takes it to new heights.”

From the Emmy Award-winning creative team (directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield) that created the acclaimed BBC series “Planet Earth,” “EARTH” brings to the big screen the natural wonders of the world in a way that has never been seen before. The film combines rare action, unimaginable scale, and impossible locations in telling the remarkable story of three animal families — Polar bears, elephants, and whales — and their amazing journeys across the planet we call home. It captures the most intimate moments of our planet’s wildest and most elusive creatures, and uses incredible new advances in technology to let moviegoers experience the world in a whole new and entertaining way.

Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in 60 years, was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top wildlife filmmakers together with a wide variety of subjects and stories to share with theatrical audiences.

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