The Geek Life: My Last Avengers Screening (

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is going on in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games, and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life watches The Avengers for the last time. 


The Avengers is shattering all kinds of records and I have not only thrown my money into the pot but did my bit here on Mania hyping it to you. It has been fun tracking its growth and hype as it arrived. I saw it opening night, like many of you. I knew I wanted to see the movie one more time but where? I saw it in 2D and thought I might as well get the 3D experience in, too. A couple of friends saw it both ways and said the 3D was actually pretty good. I knew that there was only one place to see The Avengers again, the EL Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. 


Whoa, Geek Boy, slow down. Why should it matter where I see a the same movie for the second time? I’ll tell you my Geek Brothers (and sisters), as this will probably be the last time I see The Avengers on the big screen. If you think about it, many of us will tap out seeing The Avengers two or three times. Then, for the rest of our lives, we are reduced to screening it on the biggest flat screen we can afford. There might be a double bill screening when Avengers 2 arrives, but that could be three to four years from now. There is a good chance if you live remotely enough and not in a big city, your theater won’t even do a double screening of both Avengers movies. So yeah, I wanted it to be memorable. A place I would always remember as that is where I saw The Avengers. Hell, if you re-read my column from last week I still remember where I saw both Return of the Jedi and Batman (1989).

There was an added bonus to seeing The Avengers for a second time at the EL Capitan. It is a theatre that I had never been to before. Built in 1926 and dubbed "Hollywood's First Home of Spoken Drama," it rivaled Grauman’s Chinese Theatre as the place for Hollywood premieres. In 1991 it was bought by the Walt Disney Company and fully restored. Many of you now will know it as the theatre from The Muppets. This is old Hollywood mystique personified in movie theatre form. The EL Capitan is grand and was the perfect place to see The Avengers for the last time.


Since this is a Disney Theatre and The Avengers is a Disney film nothing at the EL Capitan was half-assed. The malt shop next door was packed with Avengers clothes, toys and comics for sale. The theatre itself was equipped with Avengers 3D glasses, Avengers popcorn buckets, and Avengers paraphernalia.  Items such as original Avengers comics, statues and props from the film littered the lobby and the show room below. Though what truly made this the old Hollywood experience was the pipe organ playing before the film even ran its first trailer.



So why tell you about all this if you live far far away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood? The EL Capitan is Disney’s premiere place for all their big Hollywood releases. The EL Capitan will play The Avengers until June 21st, 2012. The next film will be Pixar’s Brave. So there is still time to see The Avengers in that grand old Hollywood tradition. However if you are in LA I recommend seeing any one of Disney’s big films here. Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie already has October show dates for the EL Capitan. 


My final bit of Geek joy at seeing The Avengers in the EL Capitan came when I checked in using my Foursquare app. In doing so I was given the Avengers teaser poster that was handed out at the San Diego Comic Con last year. Truly, it is a great time to live the Geek Life. Avengers Assemble!


Robert Trate writes three weekly columns for Mania: the DVD Shopping Bag, the Toy Maniac, and The Geek Life. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.