TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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BradE41 on May 22, 2009 at 6:48 pm

I think so also. It may go that direction if this Terminator booking is succesful.

markinthedark on May 22, 2009 at 6:14 pm

I think Mann and Arclight should sort out some agreement – Films that open at the Chinese don’t play the Dome but can be at Arclight screens, films that Open at the Dome can’t play Chinese but can play Chinese 6. Win-win for the Studios – great exposure for a film to be on Hollywood Blvd. at the Graumann’s Chinese and Chinese 6 which will overflow with tourists on foot who might not make it to the Arclight. Great for the locals and industry people who would rather go to the Arclight and not deal with tourists.

That and I think Mann should install a few more D-Box seats in different auditoriums including the Grauman’s, that way as a film winds down they can still offer D-Box in a smaller auditorium.

BradE41 on May 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm

If the numbers are decent for both Chinese and Arclight this weekend for Terminator, I am sure there will be consideration of bookings at the same time in the future. They are probably going to study the figures over the next couple of weeks. I still think Warner will let Harry Potter be booked at Arclight also. What is the next D BOX movie?

kencmcintyre on May 21, 2009 at 7:03 am

Here is a January 1959 ad from the LA Times:

segask on May 21, 2009 at 5:09 am

Maybe its like you pointed out earlier. Maybe it’s only because the Chinese 6 has D-Box and Arclight doesn’t.

BradE41 on May 21, 2009 at 3:46 am

I’m wondering if this may be a new booking patern (at least for blockbuster titles) to have Chinese and Arclight bookings at the same opening day. HARRY POTTER perhaps next?

segask on May 20, 2009 at 5:47 am

I’m as excited as everyone else to see Grauman’s get a movie guaranteed to have a monster opening weekend. Unfortunately it looks like Terminator Salvation won’t be packing ‘em in much beyond the opening weekend. Right now (tuesday night) its only 5 for 20 at For some reason Warner Bros hired some guy named McG (best known for Charlies Angels and The Pussycat Dolls) to direct.

Business for this movie will probably nosedive after opening weekend.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 20, 2009 at 5:35 am

I’m going to Chinese.

BradE41 on May 20, 2009 at 12:08 am

The Main Chinese and 2 of the smaller screens are showing TERMINATOR SALVATION. While the Archlight will showing it on 3 non-Dome screens. Begining May 21. So they are sharing but not with the CHINESE and DOME at the same time. I guess they may be doing this with the understanding that the CHINESE will have the BIG screen.

KramSacul on May 19, 2009 at 11:12 pm

As long as Grauman’s shows some movies worth going to I’m happy. Has their presentation quality gone downhill though? The sound has been iffy in the past like with the Village in Westwood. They really need to crank it.

markinthedark on May 19, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Mann should install some D-Box seats in the Grauman’s itself. If that’s what it takes to keep getting bookings. I wonder if this is the beginning of the Chinese Theatres and Arclight sharing the same booking just like Mann and Pacific do in Glendale, Mann and Muvico do in Thousand Oaks, AMC and Cinemark in Longbeach, and AMC and Regal in Irvine. Book everything everywhere and let the public decide. I am sure there are some who would rather not pay the Arclight premium for reserved seating, or even deal with reserved seating.

dirtysanchezzz on May 19, 2009 at 2:18 am

YEAH!!!!! terminator at the chinese!!!!! all of us should watch it at the chinese, so the studios can see people perfer to go to the chinese than the craplight oh i mean arclight lol :)

movie15 on May 18, 2009 at 5:30 pm

seeing it wednesday at 12:10 am in dbox. saw fast and furious like that and thought it was a lot of fun. I will probably also return at some point to see it in the main auditorium.

segask on May 17, 2009 at 5:28 am

yeah, I’ll probably go to Grauman’s.

“It looks like both complexes are booking it. It may have something to do with D-Box at the Chinese 6.” — BradE41

I was at Hollywood & Highland today and took a stroll through the Chinese 6 lobby. They had a big kiosk setup promoting Terminator Salvation in D-Box.

In the Chinese 6 lobby, the posters of upcoming movies that I remember seeing besides Terminator Salvation and HP6 were Dance Flick, the Eddie Murphy movie Imagine That, and District 9.

KramSacul on May 16, 2009 at 9:34 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 16, 2009 at 5:49 am

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 16, 2009 at 5:32 am

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 16, 2009 at 1:34 am


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 10:02 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 15, 2009 at 5:08 am

“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 5, 2009 at 5:25 am

^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 4:59 pm
*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 4:25 pm

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 3, 2009 at 5:54 am

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