Film Screening: SLEEPING BEAUTY (El Capitan and The Academy Museum in Hollywood)

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by Tony Frankel on April 14, 2022

in Film,Theater-Los Angeles


Disney animators Andreas Deja and Floyd Norman will participate in a live Q&A at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood before their Sleeping Beauty screening on April 15, 2022 at 7pm; Ted Thomas, the son of legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas will moderate the session. The film’s original prop storybook from the Walt Disney Archives will also be on display at the event for guests to see. The picture screens through April 17 at El Capitan; on May 21 at The Academy Museum (ticket info below).

Sleeping Beauty was voted by followers on El Cap’s Instagram as the top movie they’d like to see back on the big screen. Why see it on the big screen? Walt Disney’s long-in-development adaptation of the Charles Perrault fairy tale was the first animated film to be shot in widescreen Super Technirama 70, with a lush visual style which evoked both art deco and medieval imagery. What better way to see those gorgeous Eyvind Earle backgrounds than in 70mm?

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The film features one of the studio’s most iconic villains, the evil fairy Maleficent, with Eleanor Audley serving as the character’s live-action model as well as providing her voice. George Bruns was nominated for his Tchaikovsky-based score.

DIRECTOR: Clyde Geronimi. STORY ADAPTATION: Erdman Penner. ADDITIONAL STORY BY: Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright, Milt Banta. CAST: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton. 1959. 75 min. USA. Color. Scope. English.

The Disney Studio Store and Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop will also host a Pin Trading Night in the Theatre’s esplanade before the event. For $15, pin traders can arrive at 5:30pm to start trading and stay to watch Sleeping Beauty. The Pin Trading Night is by reservation only and tickets are limited. Those interested can CALL 1-800-DISNEY6.

Sleeping Beauty
El Capitan Theatre
April 15-17, 2022 | Daily showtimes are 10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm and 7:00pm
for tickets ($15 reserved), call 1-800-DISNEY6, or visit El Capitan or Fandango

Saturday May 21, 2022 at 11am
The Academy Museum in Los Angeles
for tickets ($5), visit The Academy


About Disney’s Sleeping Beauty: After a beautiful princess, Aurora, is born in to royalty everyone gathers to exchange gifts. Everything is perfectly fine until an unwanted guest appears, Maleficent. Maleficent casts a spell on the young princess and announces that she will die by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel on the evening of her 16th birthday. Fortunately, one of the good fairies, Merryweather, changes the spell so Aurora will fall asleep, and that the only way to wake her from her sleep is true love’s kiss. Rated G. About The El Capitan Theatre: The El Capitan Theatre is an exclusive first-run movie theatre equipped with state-of-the-art technology, operated by The Walt Disney Studios. Known as Disney’s Home on Hollywood Boulevard, the theatre also hosts live stage shows, world premieres, special events and screenings of classic Disney films. In 2014, the City of Los Angeles declared the theatre a Historical Monument after it’s restoration showcasing the original lavish architecture.

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