Maybe it is that we're in the mood for apples. Or maybe it is because a landmark movie -- that would be "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" -- is at El Capitan for just a few more days. But we wanted to call out a few spots around town that have a connection to that sweet-natured lass and her legacy...
SAN VICENTE BOULEVARD AND CARRILLO DRIVE: The Carthay Circle Theater, which was the location for the "Snow White" premiere back in 1937, sat at this corner. Little remains of the magnificent movie palace, but the gold-panning statue that once stood by the theater is still there; look for it across the street on the grassy island.
TAM O'SHANTER: Back when Disney Studio was located on Hyperion, Walt and his animators headed over to this Atwater Village favorite to chow down. Lawry's, which owns the Tam, calls the restaurant an early Disney commissary. And the inside? Looks just like a little nook-filled cottage, still. Is it a coincidence that "Snow White" was in the works around the time the artists would dine here?
GELSON'S: There's a grocery store on the spot where Disney's original studio -- the one where "Snow White" was made -- once stood. It's at 2725 Hyperion, and there's a plaque in the parking lot, and some very fairytale-ish houses just around the corner that have Disney ties. Big Orange Landmarks has done an excellent job of mapping out this area.
THE LARCHMONT WISHING WELL: If you've driven near Larchmont and Third, you've likely seen the "Snow White" wishing well in front of a private home (the home is *not* Woodsy Cute; rather, it has a spectacular islands feel). Adriana Caselotti, the woman who gave voice to Snow, once lived in this home. Even though Ms. Caselotti has passed, the current owners have kept the well and "Snow White" sign. Nice.
SNOW WHITE CAFE: You know this one; it's actually walking distance from the El Capitan, and a fixture on Hollywood Boulevard since the 1940s. We weren't sure it had a Disney connection, but the 2719 Hyperion blog has done some interesting looking into the matter. A good place to grab a bite after seeing the film? Heigh ho...
(If you missed the El Capitan shows, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" will be out in a special Diamond Edition Blu-ray edition on Tuesday, October 6th.)