The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood is over 90 years old, so you can bet it has seen a few things over the decades.
Splashy premieres? That’s a big ol’ check. Movies that incorporated the ’20s-era glamour of the venue into the plot? Yep, that’s happened. And thousands of kids giggling along to a raft of Disney films, both vintage and brand-new? Absolutely.
But the El Cap is about to have a “first-ever,” at least in terms of its modern run, and it involves a glow-big, game-thrilling story that takes up two sides of the same coin. And “coin” is the operative word here, since the tale started way back when 35 years ago, at a little arcade called Flynn’s.
“Tron” from 1982, and “Tron: Legacy,” released in 2010, will show back-to-back at the El Capitan on Thursday, Aug. 10, starting at 7 o’clock, as part of the landmark’s Throwback Thursdays series. As for the “first-ever” designation? It’s the first-ever double feature at the theater, which has been owned by the Walt Disney Company for nearly 30 years.
And the original “Tron”? It’s marking its 35th anniversary this summer, too, and if you haven’t revved up your 5th generation Light Cycle and made for a theater showing it on the big screen, here’s a great opportunity to see the film’s distinctive look played large.
A Special Double Feature VIP Preferred Ticket is $15, and that includes early “Tron” and the 2010 film, too, with a reserved VIP seat. A 64-ounce souvenir popcorn bucket, full of popped kernels, is involved, too, which feels just right for the night. Plus a bottle of soda, 20 ounces, twist top, there you go.
Want to see one film? It’s ten bucks, with a reserved seat, smaller popcorn, and 12-ounce soda bottle.
Want your own Light Cycle? You’ll likely have to find your way into The Grid, we’ll guess, if that’s your ultimate dream ride.