I’ve said it time and again and I’ll continue to repeat myself until I’m blue in the face: there is no better place to watch a Disney movie, new or old, than Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre. That’s why Mary Poppins fanatics flooded the lobby and auditorium of El Capitan last night to be among the first general audiences in the country to see Disney’s new sequel Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt as the title character.
Immediately upon stepping through El Capitan Theatre’s front entrance during the run of Mary Poppins Returns, you can tell why this venue delivers the Disney difference: the common areas are decked out as Cherry Tree Lane from both the original film and this latest continuation of the classic tale. Plus, there’s an interactive lamp-lighting photo opportunity right in the main lobby, a wall of Mary Poppins Returns merchandise at the adjacent studio store, and a dazzling Crystal Curtain Show that wows audiences before each performance of the feature attraction.
Watch Mary Poppins Returns opening night at El Capitan Theatre:
As if that weren’t enough, on El Capitan’s lower level you’ll find a thorough and captivating costume exhibit, complete with outfits worn by Blunt as Mary Poppins and by her costar Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack the Lamplighter. Also included in this display are a number of props from the film, including the iconic kite, Gillie the stuffed giraffe, and even that unforgettable Royal Doulton bowl.
Watch Mary Poppins Returns costumes and props display at El Capitan Theatre:
“We are thrilled to offer an unforgettable holiday experience for the whole family with our special engagement of Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns,” said Ed Collins, General Manager of El Capitan Theatre.
Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns runs from now through Sunday, January 13 at El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. For more information and advance ticket sales resources, be sure to visit El Capitan’s official website.
Mike serves as Laughing Place’s lead Southern California reporter, Editorial Director for Star Wars content, and host of the weekly “Who’s the Bossk?” Star Wars podcast. He’s been fascinated by Disney theme parks and storytelling in general since a very young age and resides in Burbank, California with his beloved wife and cats.