TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 21, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Here is a 1989 Life photo that shows Disney’s ersatz Hollywood Boulevard in Florida. You can see the Chinese at the end of the street. Bleh.
http://tinyurl.com/58qwum

br91975
br91975 on November 21, 2008 at 8:27 am

Thanks for the clarification on that, Mark; having never seen a film at the Chinese, I had no idea the newer six screens had stadium seating. Still, I wonder why Mann Theatres doesn’t try to negotiate for product-splitting with the Arclight. I’d have to think, based on the history of the Chinese and the quality moviegoing atmosphere at the Arclight (where I have been fortunate enough to see a couple of films), that such an agreement wouldn’t hurt either theatre greatly, if even by any negligible margin…

markinthedark
markinthedark on November 20, 2008 at 11:20 am

Chinese 6 is already stadium..

br91975
br91975 on November 20, 2008 at 10:15 am

Is there any possibility that the Chinese 6 auditoriums could be converted to stadium seating and/or that the Chinese and the Arclight could share product, much as the Landmark and the AMC Century City 15 did last summer with ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Mamma Mia!’?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 20, 2008 at 7:44 am

I think it was just PR.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on October 20, 2008 at 1:51 am

So, was that protest just a publicity stunt or were they serious?

Cliffs
Cliffs on October 20, 2008 at 12:22 am

And the hits just keep on rolling (over to the Dome). Quantum of Solace is now on sale at Arclight. So in a single year, the Chinese has managed to lose Indiana Jones, Batman, and now James Bond. If the Chinese manages to lose Star Trek and Harry Potter next summer, it might be time to panic (although I’m sure they’ll have no trouble snagging Land of the Lost and Final Destination 4).

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 7, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Protest in front of the Chinese in 1983, from the LAPL:
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00077/00077889.jpg

BradE41
BradE41 on October 6, 2008 at 2:12 pm

BODY OF LIES along with the thriller QUARANTINE and the family fantasy CITY OF EMBER are opening Friday the 10th. It’s about time they get some films, I love Arclight but they seem to have the monopoly of films lately.

markinthedark
markinthedark on October 5, 2008 at 11:00 pm

IN the Sunday LA times it appears that the Chinese and Chinese 6 get the new Ridley Scott film next Friday with Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, so I guess there is some life left.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 5, 2008 at 10:34 pm

I waded through the tourists and the lame celebrity impersonators today to take these photos. One tourist was overheard complaining that “I didn’t see one famous person here today”. I didn’t want to tell him that celebrities don’t generally spend their Sunday afternoons hanging out at the Chinese.
http://tinyurl.com/3vjk5b
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http://tinyurl.com/4q4mt4
http://tinyurl.com/4tbfak
http://tinyurl.com/4pdhge

I’ll throw in a few shots from the mall next door:
http://tinyurl.com/4c8gls
http://tinyurl.com/4mlbgf
http://tinyurl.com/3efodk

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 4, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Here is a January 1928 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/4hx4kc

terrywade
terrywade on September 28, 2008 at 9:34 pm

Someone needs to start up Fox West Coast Theatres again and bring in stage shows at the Chinese with the movies like Disney is doing across the street. The place went down when they got rid of the neon dragons out front! The theatre is so dark and cold out front. Mann needs to add some color lights to the front. If they can’t get good first run films then book some 70mm classics and open up the big curved screen to it’s full width. Have some movie stars that are still around for the showing. Let’s get Doris Day to fly down and show Pillow Talk! or Kim Novak with a new 70mm print of Vertigo! The tourists will come in the doors not just stand out front and take photos. Lets get some SHOWMANSHIP back at the Fox Graumans Chinese Hollywood. The Place To Go!

terrywade
terrywade on September 28, 2008 at 9:34 pm

Someone needs to start up Fox West Coast Theatres again and bring in stage shows at the Chinese with the movies like Disney is doing across the street. The place went down when they got rid of the neon dragons out front! The theatre is so dark and cold out front. Mann needs to add some color lights to the front. If they can’t get good first run films then book some 70mm classics and open up the big curved screen to it’s full width. Have some movie stars that are still around for the showing. Let’s get Doris Day to fly down and show Pillow Talk! or Kim Novak with a new 70mm print of Vertigo! The tourists will come in the doors not just stand out front and take photos. Lets get some SHOWMANSHIP back at the Fox Graumans Chinese Hollywood. The Place To Go!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 28, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Here is a November 1972 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/429jcr

markinthedark
markinthedark on September 26, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Thanks GrauMann. Would love to see the pictures of the Chinese Twin when you get them up. I went there only once before it was demolished, but have wanted to see it again out of curiosity. Please make an announcement when you get them up.

BradE41
BradE41 on September 26, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Granted Arclight will get more bookings because of the reputation it has established. But the Chinese would get a fair share of “A” titles and would get some of the blockbusters. Recently, pretty much this year the don’t get big bookings. Now they are pretty much getting what Arclight rejects, the 6 plex is mostly used for rentals and move overs (much of the time from Arclight) or more of a explotation theme of films. It is sad. At least the Village still pretty much gets the blockbuster films.

Cliffs
Cliffs on September 26, 2008 at 11:21 am

If I remember correctly, I think Mann only has 13 locations to book for. That’s not the industry pull that they had in the 1980s when they one of the top operators in the country. I would say the only reason they still get any attention AT ALL is because they still operate the Chinese, Village, and Bruin.

The truth is that Arclight just has more to offer. For example, when Dark Knight opened, the Arclight had 13 sold out shows starting at midnight. Same thing with Indiana Jones. The Chinese just physically can’t offer that to a studio. Arclight probably has somewhere in the neighborhood of 6000-7000 seats to offer a studio. Mann can probably only offer half that.

The Chinese complex really needs to be transformed into something spectacular but it’s too late for that now. Mann entered a 21st century theater market using a 20th century complex. They were wrong. I think the very best option would be for Pacific to take it over use both complexes (Dark Knight might be in the main Chinese, but with a few smaller screens over the Arclight and vice-versa). Cause any other chain is going to be up against the same challenges that Mann is dealing with right now.

markinthedark
markinthedark on September 26, 2008 at 10:55 am

It seems to have been a dreadful summer there.

Are they deliberately letting it go or can they simply not compete for bookings, even with the most recognizable theatre on the planet?

I do not know the mechanations of the booking process or how last-moment changes can happen, but I have noticed at least 2 films lately, “Lakeview Terrace” and “Nights in Rodanthe” were not listed on the early week pre-sale page for Arclight Hollywood (but WERE for Arclight Sherman Oaks) then suddenly on Friday they are playing at the Arclight Hollywood. Is it possible that the Arclight can look at the performance of its slate over a weekend, make some last minute changes, and pull films slated for the Chinese/Chinese 6? This seems to be whats happening.

Mann seems to be heavily renting the Chinese 6 for press screenings and film festivals.

I sad as it sounds, I still wish some other chain would buy Mann (even AMC!!) just so the Chinese could get some films that people actually want to see.

Cliffs
Cliffs on September 26, 2008 at 10:40 am

They’re playing Ghost Town… I guess it’s somewhat appropriate.

Mann is slowly but surely withering on the vine. I agree with others that the six-plex was a horrible idea. Pacific thought it through and created two monsters with the Arclight and the Grove. Mann could have done something really spectacular with their expansion, but instead created six 1990s style auditoriums that are no different than something you’d find in any neighborhood multiplex. I love the Chinese, but what I’d love more is something decent to see at the Chinese. That hasn’t happened in a long time.

BradE41
BradE41 on September 26, 2008 at 8:56 am

What is going on with the bookings? Is Mann just purposely just letting th Chinese go? Virtually every release this week and next is booked into Arclight. Will it just become a venue mainly for premieres?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 27, 2008 at 3:16 pm

OK, thanks Don. I don’t imagine the space has been used as a restaurant for years.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on August 27, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Ken, that part of the building is intact. The added screens are in the building next door. See the first photo Hollywood90038 posted on April 30, 2008 under “Iron Man Premiere.”

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 27, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Here is the LA Times obituary for Bill Hertz, who was involved in the hand and footprint ceremonies at Grauman’s for years:
http://tinyurl.com/6z7ttl

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 19, 2008 at 6:30 pm

I was wondering about the restaurant on the right side of the postcard of 8/16/08. Has that part of the building been converted regarding the extra screens that were added?