There's been a lot of talk on what would or should be done with the Carthay Circle Theater in the expansion of Buena Vista Street at California Adventure. There was the rumored Walt Disney documentary, that apparently turned out not to be true. There was also some talk by people who wanted a dark ride put in there... Regardless, as far as I know there isn't an OFFICIAL announcement on what will be placed in the beautifully recreated wienie at the end of Buena Vista Street.
I was one of the people who thought a retooled version of a type of Great Movie Ride would be great inside the nostalgic Carthay Theater. But it is apparent that it will not happen. Although it appears that Disney is sparing no expense with the DCA expansion, I doubt that they would add in an elaborate ride, especially where space is limited.
But last night, as I restlessly laid in bed, it dawned on me what I think would be great fit in the theater. Why not... just make it a theater?
Here's a chance to make an elaborate version of what the Main Street Cinema could be. (Not that there is anything wrong with it.) The key to making this theater a great park staple is making it fit with the 1920's feel. You'd enter the theater with red curtains, that old theater smell (?). You'd enter the cinema. It's dark and you'd hear the sound of a projector in the back.
This would be the prime location to showcase Disney's older shorts. And I know it wouldn't be time appropriate, but it might be cool as the day goes on, so does the time period of movies. Maybe by midday there's a screening of Snow White. Throughout the day you could see old Goofy cartoons, Donald Duck War cartoons, Silly Symphonies and, of course, Mickey Mouse cartoons. It would just keep going nonstop, without a schedule. Kind of like Sci-Fi Dine In at Disney's Hollywood Studios, just Disney instead of Sci-Fi. And I know some of these cartoons are not the specific period of Buena Vista Street, but I don't think being that specific matters in this situation. If it projects the same nostalgic quality that Buena Vista Street is trying to project, then it works.
I pictured it to have a balcony too. (I picture that scene from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" where they are watching that Goofy cartoon as they hide out in the theater.)
It would be one of those places that would act as a relaxing spot. People would be out and about the park, but if they want to sit and relax for a few minutes, catch their breath, watch a flick... then go out and enjoy more of the attractions.
I think trying to over think a building like this isn't what the Carthay Circle Theater needs. It needs to be Disney through and through. The heartbeat of Buena Vista Street. It could be the "home base".
What do you think?