Does anyone know if the musical intro that plays while the numerous curtains open up before every movie at the El Capitan theatre in Hollywood is available, or if it was composed specifically for the theatre? The orchestral piece is about 1-2 minutes long,but really beautiful.
I have never visited the El Capitan theater, but I'd be willing to take a listen if you have a sample of the music. It's possible that it's from a film score and if it is, I'm sure that someone here will recognize it.
Next time I see a movie there I'll have to make a recording. It makes a screening of any movie there seem more like a celebration of the film then just a movie!
For those of you who haven't been to a screening there, each movie is preceded by a live organist playing on the wurlitzer organ. When he's done, he and the organ descend into the floor of the stage and the theatre sound system begins to play the above mentioned music. As this music is played, the theatre transforms through a display of colored lights flooding the sides of the venue while a series of curtains rise and open. The first curtain lifted reveals a second curtain which has an art deco design on it featuring a couple dancing, a sun shaped spotlight focuses on them. Once that curtain is lifted, a metallic shimmering curtain is revaled. As the music swells to its end, this curtain opens and finally reveals the movie screen. It's all really over the top.
I am very happy to report that the music is indeed from the Boy Who Could Fly.
The CD insert says:
"The Magical Quality of Bruce Broughton's score has also helped it to fly, apart from the movie. Eric's theme has been the curtain-raiser at Disney's gloriiously restored El Capitan theater in Hollywood since 1991."
The CD set me back $30.00 since it is exremely hard to find but was well worth the price. In case you're interested, its sometimes available on EBAY. There's a 1986 cd release and a 2001 release which is the one I purchased which includes the track played at the El Capitan.
Exactly which track is played at the El Capitan theatre? For some reason, I always assumed it was the Kunzel re-recording. I doubt it is from the Percepto (2001) release, because that consists of material from the original recording sessions that was not available during the early '90s. At the El Capitan they would have had to use either a track from the Varese cd, which was itself a re-recording conducted by Bruce Broughton, or the track entitled "End Title from The Boy Who Could Fly" from Kunzel's 'Fantastic Journey' compilation on Telarc, which came out in 1990.