TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Chris Utley
Chris Utley on November 9, 2006 at 10:34 am

Is is safe to assume that “Casino Royale” will play here? I thought it would play at the Cinerama Dome since they’ve been booking tons of Columbia product this year.

William
William on November 3, 2006 at 7:03 am

That photo dates from around mid August of 1929. From when the MGM film “Hollywood Revue of 1929” played the theatre. Up until that time there was only 14 footprint ceremonies held at the theatre. The next one was scheduled on Sept. 14th with Joan Crawford (#15). The first one being of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks on April 30th 1927. The theatre opened to the public on May 19th. 1927.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 14, 2006 at 12:56 pm

This is an interesting photo from the 1920s as there don’t appear to be any footprints in the cement:
http://tinyurl.com/ylv9p9

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on September 28, 2006 at 5:08 pm

Two big crowd-pleasing 1960’s hits at the Chinese:

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 31, 2006 at 5:31 pm

Two ads from the Los Angeles Times – two big premieres of two big pictures at the Chinese – an overload of celebrity guests. If the hosts of these events had to stop and talk to every one of those guests, the show would never get under way on time.

West Side Story – December 1961:
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On the Beach – December 1959:
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dennis906
dennis906 on June 16, 2006 at 4:57 am

Last summer I went to the Chinese to see the WAR OF THE WORLDS remake. The film stunk but the THX sound was just awesome.

segask
segask on June 15, 2006 at 8:36 pm

does anyone know how many subwoofers the Chinese has?

blegua
blegua on June 13, 2006 at 4:58 pm

Hello everyone,
I just wanted to thank all those who responded to my post. All your comments were helpful. I turned in my paper a few days ago, so hopefully I did well. Thanks again! :)
-College Student

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on June 13, 2006 at 3:25 pm

All the major Hollywood film palaces are open and being used. The smaller theatres are the ones that are either closed or have been demolished. Every major theatre has been restored or renovated with the exception of the Pacific(Warner).brucec

Bway
Bway on June 6, 2006 at 9:38 am

Bill, what’s so nice about the Hollywood area is that so many of the theaters survive. Although compared to what was once there on Hollywood Blvd, it’s even suffered a lot too. There are so many closed theaters on Hollywood Blvd (and surrounding) too. But since they had so many, thankfully a few of the gems survive.

4fun
4fun on June 4, 2006 at 1:20 pm

College Student should go to Google and type in “Raymond M. Kennedy”, there is a Wikipedia bio about him and it gives some info on the theater design.

minnieseesaw
minnieseesaw on June 2, 2006 at 9:28 am

The Chinese theatre is featured as one of Los Angeles’s tourist attractions on this website about Los Angeles.
http://www.geocities.com/los_angeles_coast/

JimRankin
JimRankin on June 2, 2006 at 7:55 am

The theme of the CHINESE was not chosen to ‘honor’ China any more than the many Spanish-themed movie palaces were so decorated to honor Spain. And so for all the other themed theatres, aside from truly ethnic theaters such as the Germanic PABST in Milwaukee.

College Student would do well to read such as the landmark book at libraries: THE BEST REMAINING SEATS, THE STORY OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE MOVIE PALACE by the late Ben M. Hall in 1961. It is available at amazon.com as used copies. This book will show the genesis of these theatres, and while great attention to authentic detail was expended, it was to create a theatre type that had no precedent in China at the time, hence the auditorium is necessarily much larger in scale than the original throne room in the Imperial Palace in (then) Peiking. I can’t imagine that any of the theatre is an insult to the Chinese, but also we must not be so naive to think that it was designed as a ‘monument’ to the Chinese. It was designed to strike the fancy of the Los Angeles public as a theatre for maximum profit.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 1, 2006 at 4:31 pm

The Chinese Theater was an awesome and amazing sight for someone from the New York area like me. Almost all our movie palaces have been destroyed. A famous Chinese-American actor, Keye Luke, designed and painted the murals, wall and ceiling decorations in the theater, and they are truly beautiful.

blegua
blegua on June 1, 2006 at 3:26 pm

Hello all, I’m a college student in southern California doing a research paper on Grauman’s Chinese Theater. I was hoping I could get a few questions answered, preferably by someone Chinese-American, who knows China’s cultural art, and has personally seen the theater. But anyone is free to answer any questions, any answers are greatly appreciated. Please respond ASAP.

Do you think the theater depicts China’s culture accurately? Please explain.
Do you the global exchange of Chinese architecture was a great idea for Hollywood? Why/why not?
What was it like for you when visiting the theater?
Anything else you would like to add.

Thank you for your time and I can’t wait to see your response.

spikewriter
spikewriter on May 11, 2006 at 4:20 pm

Posiedon at least had its premiere at the Chinese — I was down there yesterday afternoon and they were getting ready for the festivities (Hollywood Blvd. westbound closed down in front of the theatre, the sidewalk in front of the theatre itself blocked and the tackiest blue carpet I think I’ve ever seen, bored security guards). Lots of disappointed tourists who wanted to see the footprints and weren’t necessarily willing to wait in the heat to see the stars. So, instead of wandering among the footprints after a not-that-satisfactory job interview, I wandered up the “Arcade of Awards” at the Kodak and enjoyed the Intolerance-style elephants.

Coate
Coate on May 10, 2006 at 2:36 pm

“Duck Dodgers in the 24th ½ Century” was shown in 70mm with “Star Wars” at the Cinema 21 in San Francisco.

Hal
Hal on May 10, 2006 at 12:31 pm

I just read some of the Star Wars stuff up above, I saw the original Star Wars in 70mm at the Chinese way back when and thought I’d get someone else’s memory going! I seem to recall that they were running a 70mm copy of “Duck Dodgers” (remember that great Daffy Duck Cartoon!) along with the film, and someone told me that it was a request of George Lucas. I also remember Star Wars as having been one of the first films to use the full 20th Century Fox “CinemaScope Fanfare” in years, it was really a knock-out in 70MM Dolby!!! The Chinese is another one of those wonderful theatres where even a “crappy” movie some how looks and sounds great! Not living in or near LA I have only seen a few films there, but seeing Star Wars there was outstanding, unfortunately, when I got home I had to run the film in 35MM mono, we did get Dolby several weeks into the run but no 70mm.

Hal
Hal on May 10, 2006 at 12:31 pm

I just read some of the Star Wars stuff up above, I saw the original Star Wars in 70mm at the Chinese way back when and thought I’d get someone else’s memory going! I seem to recall that they were running a 70mm copy of “Duck Dodgers” (remember that great Daffy Duck Cartoon!) along with the film, and someone told me that it was a request of George Lucas. I also remember Star Wars as having been one of the first films to use the full 20th Century Fox “CinemaScope Fanfare” in years, it was really a knock-out in 70MM Dolby!!! The Chinese is another one of those wonderful theatres where even a “crappy” movie some how looks and sounds great! Not living in or near LA I have only seen a few films there, but seeing Star Wars there was outstanding, unfortunately, when I got home I had to run the film in 35MM mono, we did get Dolby several weeks into the run but no 70mm.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 19, 2006 at 3:31 pm

M:I3 is already booked for The Dome. I suspect Poseidon will play at Chinese (since Warner Bros. owns 50% of Mann Theatres). The DaVinci Code will undoubtedly play at The Dome (I saw the trailer there when I saw King Kong) and X3 will probably play at Chinese.

timquan
timquan on April 16, 2006 at 8:08 am

So have they announced which films will play at the Grauman’s Chinese during May? There are 4 big films opening in May (MI3, Poseidon, The DaVinci Code, and X-Men 3), and only two big-screen theatres in Hollywood that can play them: The Grauman’s Chinese and the Dome at Arclight Hollywood. And isn’t it shocking that Grauman’s Chinese showed a trailer for ‘United 93’ nearly a month ago, and it would cause a lot of bad feedback from patrons?

kmarie628
kmarie628 on April 10, 2006 at 5:08 pm

Anyone know where I might be able to find a floor plan of the entire theater for a school project? I’m having quite a bit of trouble…thanks very much!

4fun
4fun on April 1, 2006 at 7:41 am

The original rendering of the Chiinese Theater by Raymond Kennedy just went on eBay! If you want to see what the original colors of the theater were, go to eBay. Click on “Buy”(you wont be committed to buy anything) then Art>Drawings> Modern(1900-1949). It went on a few days ago so there are a lot of things that have gone on sale since that time so the easiest way to find it is by “sorting by price-highest” or some other search in that category. I was surprised it is so valuable. It is being sold along with the drawing for the construction of the theater curtain that was interestingly made of woven ASBESTOS fibers! There are some good pictures of that original curtain. Both are quite beautiful drawings!!

dennis906
dennis906 on March 26, 2006 at 5:39 am

Anyone planning a trip to Los Angeles must put this theatre on their must see list of places to visit in Los Angeles.