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'Tron,' Returns for Special 10-Day, 70 MM Engagement at the El Capitan Theatre

Costumes and Memorabilia Displays Along With Computer Games and Opening Night Filmmakers Panel Add to the Festivities

Tron (1982)

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Hollywood's legendary movie palace, The El Capitan Theatre, launches a special 10-day salute to Walt Disney Pictures' 1982 landmark computer animated feature, "Tron," starting on Thursday May 6th with a fun-filled opening night event, it was announced today (4/28) by Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.

An archival 70 mm print of the film (featuring six-track Dolby SR(R) Stereo) will be shown throughout the 10-day engagement (May 6th - 16th), and original costumes, memorabilia, etc. from "Tron" will also be on display. The opening night panel discussion will be moderated by Academy Award(R) nominated visual effects artist/filmmaker Harrison Ellenshaw, and will include such luminaries from the film as director Steven Lisberger, visual effects supervisor Richard Taylor ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy), and production designer/futurist Syd Mead. Tickets for the opening night event, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday May 6th, and for all shows during the regular engagement can be purchased at the El Capitan box office, on line at http://www.elcapitantickets.com or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Daily showtimes (4/7-16) are noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m, and 9 p.m.

During the entire run of "Tron" at the El Capitan Theatre, multi-player disc battles & Light Cycles with "Tron 2.0" will be available to play, courtesy of Buena Vista Interactive. As part of the opening night activities, a live "Tron 2.0 Tournament" will be played on the big movie screen. Original costumes from the film, along with posters, props and other memorabilia will also be on display.

Commenting on the announcement, Breier said, "We are thrilled to be bringing 'Tron' back to the El Capitan for the first time in five years. This is a rare opportunity for fans of the film to see a 70 mm Dolby Stereo print projected on the big screen at Hollywood's premiere movie palace. We've got a great opening night panel to kick off this engagement in style, and lots of exciting displays, games and surprises for everyone throughout the 10-day run. Whether you've seen the film dozens of times or are just discovering it for the first time, the El Capitan is the place to be for ten days in May."

"Tron" broke new ground for the art of computer generated-imagery when it was first released in 1982. Although the technique had previously been used in "Star Wars" and "West World," "Tron" was the first film to create a three-dimensional world using this medium. A futuristic adventure set in cyberspace, the film follows the exploits of a young computer genius who gets blasted into an electronic world, where computer programs are the alter egos of the programmers who created them. Sentenced to die on the video game grid, he teams up with Tron (an electronic security program) to escape and destroy the Master Control Program and return to the "real" world. Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, and Barnard Hughes star. The film was directed by Steven Lisberger and produced by Donald Kushner.

Source: Walt Disney Pictures

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