Watch Brave at El Capitan Theater in Hollywood

I finally saw BRAVE last week but before I get to the brief movie review, let me just say how awesome it was to watch the movie at the historic El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. My family and I love watching movies there when we can even if it means driving from Orange County to Los Angeles, about 45 minutes on a good day. I just love the grandeur of the art deco design of the theater. Plus, before every screening, there’s a live show for sometimes. Like for “Brave,” there was an all-new live stage show, with all the favorite Disney and Pixar characters  like Woody and Buzz Lightyear, Mickey and Minnie and of course, Merida, the red-haired heroine from “Brave,” who comes onstage to the accompaniment of bagpipes and Scottish dancers. Brave runs from June 22 to August 12th,2012 at the El Capitan Theater, Hollywood. 

Truth is, there’s much more to the movie than the trailer:

My boys, who are 11 and 7 years old, and more Cartoon Network types rather than Disney Channel types, if you know what I mean, actually enjoyed the movie! They loved how tough Merida was and my tween son could so relate to Merida’s feelings of wanting to be heard and being independent.  My younger son loved the antics of Merida’s younger brothers.  And as for me and my husband, we could relate to the King and Queen.  Talk about a movie for the entire family.  My boys and I also discussed how unlike past Disney movies, this movie actually had both parents in the movie, recalling how in Finding Nemo, Nemo had only his dad;  or even going back further — Little Mermaid had only her dad, and in the Lion King, Simba loses his Dad and the movie does not even feature his mother.

But so much for psychoanalysis. Brave is a fun movie with spunk and heart. Go see it! By the way, the El Capitan screenings are in  Real D 3D and presented in Dolby®   Atmos™, the latest sound technology from Dolby Laboratories, which adds to the excitement.

The film screens daily at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the El Capitan box office (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group-rate tickets for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110.

And though we skipped the Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store (adjacent to the theatre) this go around, we will surely try it next time.  During the movies engagement at El Capitan, the Soda Fountain is offering “The BRAVE Sundae”—crumbled shortbread, strawberry cheesecake ice cream, strawberry syrup, creamy marshmallow, whipped cream and a cherry on top.

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