Press Release:

Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre celebrates the twelve days of Tim Burton’s "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

From October 20-31
with exclusive collectible pins, filmmaker’s panel, costume contests, games, and shorts

No Halloween season would be complete without a return engagement of Tim Burton’s "The Nightmare Before Christmas" at Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre. This year’s festivities get underway on Thursday October 20th with a night of ghoulish delights, it was announced today (10/12) by Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. The film will play through Halloween Eve (October 31st).

Also on the bill with "The Nightmare Before Christmas" are two Tim Burton shorts, "Vincent" and "Frankenweenie." Adding to the excitement, moviegoers will receive an exclusive limited edition collectible "Nightmare" button – a different one on each of the twelve days, with a special 13th pin available only on Halloween to those who have attended all the previous days.

Guests will also be able to play the latest "Nightmare Before Christmas" interactive games from Buena Vista Games – "Oogie’s Revenge" (for PlayStation 2 and Xbox), and "The Pumpkin King" (for Game Boy Advance).

Disney’s Soda Fountain & Studio Store (adjacent to the theatre) gets into the spirit with a special "Nightmare Before Christmas" Sundae made with pumpkin ice cream, homemade fudge and marshmallow, and Halloween sprinkles, served in a collectible "Nightmare"-themed bowl.

The opening night festivities will include a special filmmakers’ panel featuring Ken Page (voice of Oogie Boogie), Shelley Duvall (star of "Frankenweenie"), "Nightmare" director Henry Selick, associate producer Kathleen Gavin, and author Frank Thompson (The Making of Tim Burton’s "The Nightmare Before Christmas"), plus other special surprises. Channel 7 entertainment reporter George Pennacchio is scheduled to moderate the 7:00 pm panel (which precedes the film), and Thompson will host the late show starting at 9:50 pm. As an added bonus, Henry Selick’s recently completed CG animated short, "Moongirl," will be shown.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), by calling 1-800-DISNEY6, or online at www.elcapitantickets.com.

Commenting on the announcement, Breier said, "The Halloween spirit is alive and well on Hollywood Boulevard at the El Capitan Theatre as we once again celebrate the wildly imaginative films of Tim Burton. Fans love coming to the El Capitan Theatre to see their favorite Halloween treats from Tim, and the response grows stronger each year. We’ve added some fun new activities and great giveaways this year, and our opening night filmmakers’ panel gives fans a chance to hear some special insights about the making of these unique films. Whether you come dressed as Jack Skellington, Sally, the Clown with the Tear-away face, or as you are, we know you’re going to have a great time during our twelve night celebration of Tim Burton’s holiday masterpiece."

First released in 1993, Touchstone Pictures’ stop-motion animated musical-fantasy, Tim Burton’s "The Nightmare Before Christmas" was directed by Henry Selick ("James and the Giant Peach"), and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton.

The film follows the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved Pumpkin King, as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday. Against the advice of Sally, a lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, Jack enlists three mischievous trick-or-treaters – Lock, Shock, and Barrel – to help him kidnap Santa Claus. Jack eventually realizes his mistake but has to contend with the evil Oogie Boogie before he can make things right and restore the Christmas holiday.

With ten ghoulishly delightful songs by Danny Elfman (who also provided the singing voice for Jack) and the vocal talents of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, and Ken Page, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" combines the artistry of stop-motion with state-of-the-art technology to create a unique and entertaining moviegoing experience.

"Frankenweenie," a 30-minute featurette directed by Tim Burton and written by Lenny Ripps, was originally released in 1984. An homage to the great horror films of the 1930s, this clever black-and-white send-up follows the efforts of young Victor Frankenstein to bring his beloved pet back to life after the dog is killed by a car. Using the techniques of his legendary namesake, Victor causes panic in the neighborhood during the course of his unconventional experiment. Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, Paul Bartel and Barrett Oliver star.

The 1982 stop-motion animated short, "Vincent," marked Tim Burton’s professional directing debut. Seven-year old Vincent Malloy would rather be Vincent Price than a little boy and re-imagines his life as a horror film – much to his mother’s dismay. Co-produced by Burton and Rick Heinrichs, this merrily macabre effort won acclaim at festivals around the world. The narration is provided by the late great Vincent Price himself.

"Moongirl" is the latest animated short film from "Nightmare" director Henry Selick. Produced by Portland Oregon-based Laika Entertainment, where Selick now serves as supervising director and is developing several feature projects, the film represents Selick’s first CG animated effort. The film recently finished an Oscar® qualifying run in Los Angeles.

About the El Capitan Theatre -- The El Capitan Theatre debuted on May 3, 1926 as a legitimate theatre known as "Hollywood's First Home of Spoken Drama." The successful 1941 World Premiere of Orson Welles’ Academy Award®-winning Citizen Kane marked the transformation of the El Capitan Theatre into a movie theatre. Re-opened in 1991 and fully-restored as a historic landmark, the El Capitan Theatre now offers the latest in state-of-the-art film, and digital cinema presentations.

The El Capitan Theatre has featured many World Premieres such as, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Lilo & Stitch, Princess Diaries, and Tarzan. Guests of the El Capitan Theatre enjoy the best in moviegoing experiences including a commercial-free environment, a musical presentation before each show on the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ by 2005 American Theater Organist of the Year Rob Richards, a thriving advance sales ticket program including special group rates, and the popular El Capitan Theatre Birthday Party Program. The El Capitan Theatre is conveniently located in the heart of Hollywood adjacent to Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store proudly serving Dewar’s ice cream and the official home to Disney DVD releases. For more information call 1-800-DISNEY6 or visit www.elcapitantickets.com.