Most Los Angelenos avoid Hollywood and Highland like the plague. It’s crowded with hoards of tourists packing the sidewalks, distracted by chain stores and restaurants and costumed characters; it’s every local’s nightmare. I, on the other hand, look forward to visiting from time to time. It is definitely not where I want to spend every weekend, but it’s so easy to get caught up in my daily commute and routine errands that I sometimes forget I live in LA. The intersection of Hollywood and Highland is a striking reminder that I reside in one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world.
One of my favorite excuses to make the trek into the depths of Hollywood is to see a movie at The El Capitan Theatre. Since I love bears, I decided to go all out for Disneynature’s new film ‘Bears‘. The boy and I treated ourselves to VIP tickets which include popcorn, a beverage, and prime reserved seating in the theater.
We arrived a little early because when I treat myself, I go big (not to mention traffic at Hollywood and Highland is not for the faint of heart). Surprisingly enough given my love of all things sugar, I had never indulged at the ice cream parlor adjoined to the theater. And what better appetizer for popcorn than ice cream? The last time I was there it was Disney’s Soda Fountain, but recently it has transformed into the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop. We shared a decadent brownie sundae with all the trimmings and will definitely make this a tradition for future El Capitan visits.
‘Bears’ was both funny and thrilling, while also providing an awe-inspiring look at Alaskan wildlife, nothing less than what you would expect from Disney. It is pretty amazing how a beautiful and engaging story arc emerges while following these animal families. The last Disneynature film I saw, ‘African Cats‘ was just as spectacular and I’m already excited about next year’s ‘Monkey Kingdom‘.