TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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KramSacul on May 16, 2009 at 1:34 am

Grauman’s, then the Village, then the Dome. I’m still seeing it in theater 10 at Arclight though. It’s impressed me the last few times.

I think the Dome has the same NEC 2k projector as Grauman’s and the Village. IMO, it doesn’t look nearly as good though because of the lack of light on the screen and distorted geometry.

segask on May 15, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Advance tickets are also on sale for Terminator Salvation over at the Mann Village. There will be midnight shows at all three (Chinese, Dome, Village). Which would you guys choose?

segask on May 15, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Looks like there will be a midnight show of Terminator Salvation in the Dome. It looks maybe 80-90% sold out. The Chinese has NEC 2k projectors? What about the Dome? Does anyone know?

BradE41 on May 15, 2009 at 5:34 pm


The Arclight has pre-sales still…but not the for the Dome. Grauman’s Chinese and Chinese 6 have pre-sale tickets. It looks like both complexes are booking it. It may have something to do with D-Box at the Chinese 6.

KramSacul on May 15, 2009 at 2:02 am

Unless it’s a mistake Terminator Salvation will also be playing at Grauman’s. Strange. I don’t like having to choose between them since Arclight now has the same digital projection.

segask on May 14, 2009 at 9:08 pm

“I have a feeling they might be getting Night At The Museum 2 since Arclight is getting Terminator which opens the same week.” — jeremy w.

Unfortunately Arclight Hollywood has advance tickets on sale for that movie now.

Well at least The Chinese got Wolverine and apparently HP6 this summer. The Pixar movie Up will be at the El Capitan. The Dome will probably get all the other highly anticipated hits besides HP. (Land of the Lost, Transformers 2, Ice Age 3, G.I. Joe)

segask on May 4, 2009 at 9:25 pm

^oops :) hehe.

thanks for the corrections Michael.

Well the ‘97 re-releases of Empire and Jedi played at the Chinese.

And I think SW, Empire, and Jedi played at the Dome one Saturday back in ‘87 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of SW.

Since Paramount owned or co-owned the the Chinese since the ‘80’s (I believe Ted Mann sold the Mann chain to the parent company of Paramount (Gulf + Western?) back in the '80’s?), I had mistakenly assumed that all the Trek films played there)

Coate on May 4, 2009 at 8:59 am
*All the Trek movies played at Graumans. All the Star Wars, Batman, and Indiana Jones movies played at Graumans, but Episode III, Dark Knight, and Crystal Skull wound up at the Dome.*

“Star Trek III: The Search For Spock” (1984) and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986) played their Hollywood first-run engagements at the Cinerama Dome. “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” (1989) played at the Paramount (known today as the El Capitan).

The original “Star Wars” (1977) played at the Chinese, but “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Return Of The Jedi” (1983) played their first runs at the Egyptian.

BradE41 on May 4, 2009 at 8:25 am

I was wondering if the Chinese would have HP6. They showed the previous 5 films, but I was not sure if Arclight was going to snatch it from them.

DonSolosan on May 2, 2009 at 9:54 pm

I just saw Wolverine at the Chinese and they had a poster out front for Harry Potter 6 labeled “coming soon.”

movie15 on May 2, 2009 at 6:37 pm

I have a feeling they might be getting Night At The Museum 2 since Arclight is getting Terminator which opens the same week.

movie15 on May 2, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Great turn out last night for Wolverine at 10:30 p.m. in the main auditorium. Easily 85-90% full.

segask on May 1, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Arclight Hollywood has advance tix on sale for Star Trek, Angels and Demons, Night At The Museum 2, and Terminator Salvation. They are getting all the major May releases except Wolverine. The Pixar movie UP will play at the El Capitan of course. This really sucks.

All the Trek movies played at Graumans. All the Star Wars, Batman, and Indiana Jones movies played at Graumans, but Episode III, Dark Knight, and Crystal Skull wound up at the Dome. Harry Potter 6 will probably wind up at the Dome even though all the other Potter movies played at Graumans.

KingBiscuits on April 29, 2009 at 10:48 pm

It looks like the surprise success of Fast and Furious has saved the theatre at the moment considering that they’ve started to get better bookings. Obsessed is currently playing in the main house with Wolverine coming and Fighting is also playing in the Chinese 6. Fast and Furious meanwhile is still running in FOUR auditoriums.

kencmcintyre on April 25, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Here is a circa 1964 photo from the USC archive:

segask on April 24, 2009 at 9:19 pm

advance tickets are on sale for Wolverine.

Bway on April 19, 2009 at 10:30 am

Here’s a 1983 photo of the Chinese:

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kencmcintyre on April 18, 2009 at 12:39 pm

“Titanic” was playing at the Chinese in April 1953:

Cliffs on April 14, 2009 at 3:16 pm

I went to the Chinese to see Fast & Furious (both the opening weekend Thursday midnight and Saturday night shows).

The biggest mistake Mann seems to be making with this theater (other than the bookings, obviously) is that they really seem to be going out of their way to make this theater a tourist trap. Unlike the Dome or the Village, where you really have to make an effort to go to those theaters, the Chinese grabs people off the street with nothing better to do. For the Thursday midnight, that wasn’t a problem because only people who really wanted to see the movie were on Hollywood Blvd at that time. The Saturday show was another story entirely with families and yapping teens and crying babies all over the place! Just a really horrible experience. The majesty and the experience of the Chinese is essentially wasted on these people who would be just as happy in a 100 seat AMC auditorium.

After spending so much time with the Arclight and the Dome, the Chinese is really starting to become a disappointment. Mann should be spending more time trying to improve the overall experience for people who make a point to go to the Chinese and less time worrying about pulling people in from the courtyard who are going to see a movie there once and then never come back. The tourists come and go, but the movie-lovers are what has kept that theater successful for decades.

Sadly, it’s a shadow of how mighty it once was. I wish Mann would just get out of the movie business already and let someone else (preferably Pacific) put some muscle behind it.

segask on April 13, 2009 at 9:10 pm

on the arclight website they are selling advance tix for Star Trek (May 8) at both Hollywood and Sherman Oaks, but they are selling advance tix for Wolverine (also May 8) only at Sherman Oaks. So it looks like Wolverine will play here.

kencmcintyre on March 28, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Here is a postcard, perhaps late twenties or early thirties:

kencmcintyre on March 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm

The LAPL recently added this view of an unidentified premiere in 1948: