Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D

It's just not Halloween without the Nightmare Before Christmas, the 1993 cult classic lovingly and magnificently directed by none other than Tim Burton.* And, if you live in the Los Angeles area, you're in luck, because the movie is showing at the historic El Capitan Theater for a limited engagement in (wait for it) 4D. Yes, 4D. Aside from the brilliance of Disney 3D, there is the added elements of lights, fog, snow and more that makes you feel like you are really part of the movie.

The story follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. Bored of doing the same thing year after year, he discovers the wonders of Christmas and enlists the help of his ghouls and goblins to recreate this holiday which is so new, and strangely exciting, to him.

If you've never been to the El Capitan before, that is a treat in and of itself. Right across from the hopping Hollywood and Highland Center, its a piece of old Hollywood. Pick up your tickets from an old fashioned ticket booth. Inside, you are greeted by a beautiful art deco lobby. The stage area follows a similar motif and is always decked out to match the theme of that month's movie.

In short, don't be a Halloween grinch! Get in the spirit, and go out and see this today! While later shows might be crowded, they offer some great matinee options as well. Spend a bit extra for a VIP ticket and get a souvenir bucket full of popcorn and your choice of soda, without waiting in line.

After the show, check out an all new display of Nightmare Before Christmas props and collectibles. You can even check out a new XBOX game based on the movie.
Tickets are available online and in person. The show runs now through October 31st.

*If you have not had a chance to catch LACMA's Tim Burton Exhibit, featuring pieces, sketches and more from all of his work, you still have a few days. The exhibit is open through October 31. Best to order your tickets online, because it's been selling out each day!

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