As I stepped out of the van with 12 other bloggers onto Hollywood Boulevard, I had to pinch myself. Surely I was in the wrong place. The dress I was wearing was really my typical TShirt and I was home, typing away on my computer, listening to my children play, living the experience in a dream.
But as I walked over star after star on Hollywood Boulevard, a sidewalk I have only seen on television, the reality hit me that I was, in fact, about to walk the Yellow Brick Carpet for the premier of the highly anticipated prequel, Oz The Great and Powerful. And I could not have been more ecstatic!
As I walked to the amazingly beautiful El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, I was taken in with the spectacle I was approaching. The Oz Balloon was on display, marking the event to be as large and colorful as it really was. As we approached, we passed the actual stairs that the stars climb on Oscar night. We could not resist so 25 bloggers click clacked up for a shot of a lifetime. I am way in the back but I don’t care. I have a photo on the stairs of the Dolby Theater where the likes of Katherine Hepburn and Richard Gere and Julia Roberts have walked.
We then headed to the main event. The Red Carpet where the likes of James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Zack Braff, Joey King and Rachel Weisz were walking and smiling and having their photos done. I was sure that we would miss them all as we waiting for our tickets and badges, but I was thrilled to be there and planned on striking and “who is that crazy girl with the stupid smile’ pose as I sloooowwwwllllyyyy walked the carpet.
Imagine my incredibly surprise as I walked right past Mila Kunis striking a post and one of my favorite actresses on screen today, Michelle Williams looking delicate and regal all at once. I snapped my photos, suppressed my squeals of excitement and savored every moment. Things like this you want to remember when your 90. And I wanted to imprint it deeply. It seemed like the fastest three seconds in my life but must have taken ten to get all the way down and into the amazingly beautiful lobby of the famed El Capitan Theatre.
There was history here and I could sense it all around me. Plush rich colors, architecture from old Hollywood and the classic and regal decor of a theatre that has shown more classic movies than any other I can think of in Hollywood. I settled into the seat that Audrey Hepburn once sat in – well, I have no actual proof, but I just knew – and drank in the amazing sights in front of me.
The beautiful and colorful rich interior boasts an intricate Indian design. At the time it was built, the Theatre was said to have cost $1.2 million to design. Chump change these days, a steep price tag back in 1926. Closing in at 100 years old, the Theatre stands the test of modern tastes with the classic elegance of Hollywood past. If you are in Hollywood and want to experience the amazing film, Oz the Great and Powerful, see it at the El Capitan Theatre and experience it like no where else!
OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL will play at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA from March 8th – April 30th in Disney Digital 3D and Real D 3D
For the First 3 weeks only (March 8 – 31) See “Disney Mysteries of Magic” live on stage! Be dazzled by the artistry of illusion in a magical showcase. See our expert wizard perform mystical magical illusions before your very eyes!
Plus, see an exclusive display of costumes from the movie from March 8 – April 30.
For tickets call 1 (800) DISNEY6 or visit www.elcapitantickets.com
This movie is, short of a cliche, simply amazing. And I will be back to share my reasons why everyone who loves The Wizard of Oz will love this creative and colorful prequel hitting theaters nationwide, March 8, 2013. In the meantime, enjoy my slideshow below of my evening including the after party! My once in a lifetime. My exciting time that I am honored to share with you!
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