From The Disney Parks BLog:::
As Disney Parks Blog readers know, when Buena Vista Street opens next year its centerpiece will be theCarthay Circle Theatre – home to the premiere dining location in Disney California Adventure park and a living tribute to a definitive moment in the history of the Walt Disney Company.
On December 21, 1937, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” premiered to a record-breaking audience at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles. News clippings from the time quote theatre manager Ray Ducerne, who reported that advance ticket sales outpaced every other picture ever booked at the theatre, resulting in a sold-out opening night. Advance demand for tickets was so strong that sales were limited to four per person. More than 30,000 fans who couldn’t score one of the $5 tickets gathered outside the theatre just to be a part of the historic event.
This was quite a pay-off for Walt Disney, who had risked nearly everything he had to see his dream of a feature-length animated story come true. At a cost of $1.4 million, the film had taken three years, 750 artists and almost two million individual paintings to create. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” went on to receive a special Academy Award (one full-size Oscar accompanied by seven “dwarf” Oscars), and its original worldwide gross totaled $8.5 million – which would have been hundreds of millions of dollars today. It was the highest-grossing movie of all time until it was later surpassed by “Gone with the Wind.”
Opening night at the Carthay Circle Theatre was a spectacular event. Crowds lined up around the block, and huge floodlights illuminated the scene. Walt and Lillian Disney arrived to enormous fanfare and enjoyed the screening alongside such celebrities as Shirley Temple, Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Milton Berle, Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, George Burns and many more.
The Carthay Circle Theatre at Disney California Adventure park will mark this game-changing night for Walt Disney and his burgeoning studio – a tribute to an enormous risk that turned into a golden opportunity. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was not only a financial success, but it set the stage for countless animated classics which would follow and paved the way for the rest of Walt Disney’s dreams to come true.
I’ll leave you with one more look back in time – the film’s playbill.
Opening Night, 1937: ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ Premieres at Carthay Circle Theatre by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
From The Disney Parks Blog:: A Look Inside Buena Vista Street
Here on the Disney Parks Blog, we’ve talked about rooftops, storefronts and bridges on Buena Vista Street atDisney California Adventure park, but now it’s time to take a peek inside a few of the doors. I recently chatted with Lynne Itamura, Senior Principal Interior Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering, to find out how colors, materials and design are bringing the whole experience to life – inside and out.
Lynne told me that her team worked very closely with WDI creative directors to make sure that the environment which envelops guests on the exterior of Buena Vista Street translates to the interior spaces as well. They also focused on making the design elements fit the time period of the area – the 1920s through ‘30s. Even the patterns and glazing used for the tile will be typical of the time.
She also explained how different design elements can help create separate spaces – for example, the different spaces within Elias & Co., which will be the main merchandise location for the area. Separated into four areas, it will be built to resemble a classic department store. The main space, inspired by some of the older department stores along L.A.’s Wilshire Blvd., will make a grand statement with lots of stone – especially lighter-toned, pinkish-hued marble as seen in the rendering above. By contrast, the kids’ “department,” which will be the toy location, will be colored with a brighter, more playful palette.
“Color is a very important design element,” Lynne said. “It creates mood and volume.”
The accessories space, pictured in the rendering above, will feature more earth tones, while the jewelry location – at the end of the street – will shine and sparkle as if you’re inside a jewelry box. When choosing colors, Lynne’s team looked at historical color palettes from the time period.
“Because of the range of that time period, we had a lot to choose from,” she said.
For Trolley Treats and Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream, the team looked for colors and materials that would showcase the candy and ice cream treats that would be available in those locations. Tiles on the wall of Trolley Treats will look like NECCO Wafers and the colors on the walls of the ice cream shop will be reminiscent of neapolitan ice cream.
“We had a great time talking about what would make this place say ‘ice cream,’” Lynne told me, adding that guests will find the decor very “lickable.”
“Although we really don’t encourage that,” she said.
Cupola installation marked in Disney park
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Walt Disney Imagineers recently marked a point of completion by adding a cupola – or belfry – to top the replica of the landmark Los Angeles theater that hosted the premieres of Walt Disney’s “Silly Symphony” cartoons in 1929 and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937.The cupola - or belfy - of the Carthay Circle Theatre was recently installed after hours at Disney California Adventure.
Erin Glover, a Disney spokeswoman, said the cupola was installed recently after hours. The cupola was lifted into place by a crane.
Disney Imagineer Coulter Winn said the cupola is about 17 feet tall and weighs approximately 5,000 pounds.
The original Carthay Circle Theatre was built in 1926 and considered comparable to Grauman’s Chinese Theater in terms of grand movie complexes. Winn said the replica in California Adventure is 89 feet, 6-inches tall – about 3/4 the size of the original.
When completed, the replica in California Adventure will be a restaurant and a lounge.
It will serve as the hub of Buena Vista Street –meant to reflect 1920s and 1930s Los Angeles when Walt Disney first came to California as an illustrator seeking his fortune.
Buena Vista Street is part of the theme park’s $1-billion makeover and expansion. Other coming additions include Cars Land, a 12-acre themed-land based on the “Cars” movie series. In 2010, Imagineers held a ceremony marking the tallest point in Cars Land.
“Topping off a facility is always a significant milestone for the entire project team,” Winn said.