TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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cnichols on January 13, 2007 at 8:01 pm

I am writing a story on the Chinese forecourt and would be very interested in talking to William (above) or anyone with knowledge of removed hand and footprints. Thank you very much.

andysummers on January 4, 2007 at 1:28 pm

Well from reading most of this I would say most of us are still suffering from (((Sensurround))) syndrome I can still the vibrations! That’s why I was pleased when the DVD came out I just cranked up the THX sound system and shock the room to bits at 120dbc!

Bway on December 18, 2006 at 5:12 am

Wow, Hollywood sure looked different judging by that aerial view from 1958! I know that church is still there in the background, that’s on Highland Ave, but is now somewhat obscured by so many other buildings. When did they put the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd?

Bway on December 18, 2006 at 5:10 am

Hey that’s pretty cool, I am going to be in Hollywood and Los Angeles area in a few weeks, I will have to go check that out. I don’t rember that being there the last time I was there some years back, but obviously it was…

kencmcintyre on December 15, 2006 at 6:37 am

On the right side of the photo, you can see what looks like an excavation. The Hollywood Hotel was at that location, but I recall a newspaper article from 1959 discussing the hotel’s imminent demolition.

Patsy on December 15, 2006 at 5:42 am

Warren: Great 1958 photo and seen from a different angle of a famous landmark.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on December 14, 2006 at 3:37 pm

In February 1963 “Fantasia” played the Chinese in a re-formatted SuperScope print:

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William on November 27, 2006 at 3:50 pm

That shot of the Chinese would date around Fall (Sept) 1953.

William on November 27, 2006 at 12:11 pm


The Fries Entertainment sign was on the building across the street from the Chinese.

LawMann on November 27, 2006 at 9:30 am

A high rise office building was later built on the old Hollywood hotel site east of Grauman’s Chinese and for many years until it’s demolition in the late 90’s sported a huge roof top sign that read FRIES ENTERTAINMENT.

kencmcintyre on November 27, 2006 at 7:26 am

You can’t see the Hollywood Hotel in the 1954 picture. The hotel was on the northwest corner of Hollywood and Highland and was torn down in 1959. The Kodak theater is there now. I believe the taller building is still standing.

Patsy on November 27, 2006 at 6:34 am

Lost Memory: Can you perhaps provide a photo of this theatre’s auditorium. And I didn’t know that in 1946 the Academy Awards were held at this theatre for the 3rd and last time.

Patsy on November 27, 2006 at 6:33 am

Chuck 1231: I would love to see the interior photo that you posted on July 22,2005! Thanks.

Patsy on November 27, 2006 at 6:29 am

ken mc: In the b/w photo that you posted on July 14, 2006 I was wondering where in that photo is the now Kodak Theatre? And the tall building in the it still there today?

Patsy on November 27, 2006 at 6:11 am

While watching a Christmas parade on WGN/Chicago the announcers pointed out Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Kodak Theatre next door. What I didn’t know is…“The Chinese remained a three screen theater until 2000 when the two added theaters were razed to make way for the construction of the Kodak Theater — the new site of the Oscars.”

BhillH20 on November 18, 2006 at 3:30 pm

Unfortunately, the two fallen movie palaces were the Fox San Francisco and the Fox Phoenix…

BhillH20 on November 18, 2006 at 3:25 pm

Unfortunately, the two fallen movie palaces are the San Francisco Fox and the Fox Phoenix…

kencmcintyre on November 18, 2006 at 12:21 pm

Here is an article from the Fresno Bee dated 5/29/31, when Sid ceded control to Fox:

Final papers now are being prepared which will give William Fox control of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, according to announcement made by Harold B. Franklin, president of Fox West
Coast Theaters. Attorneys are now working on the details, Franklin said. Control of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, considered the show house of the world, will become effective the minute the final details are completed. Franklin added that the taking over of the famous theater will not in any way affect the Fox plans for the building of a new theater in Hollywood.

Sid Grauman, nationally known and colorful showman, will remain in an advisory capacity in the conduct of the theater under the policy to be set by William Fox when the picturesque playhouse passes to actual participation in the Fox country-wide circuit. The same policy instituted by Grauman will remain under the Fox direction. This means that the theater will continue with prerelease showings of the most outstanding screen attractions and with the stage prologues that have a national reputation for originality, beauty and lavish splendor.

Since the opening of Grauman’s Chinese Theater on May 18th, 1927, it has occupied a unique position in national theatricals. Grauman, of course, had considerable reputation before coming to Los Angeles,
but with opening of the Egyptian Theater, his fame grew to world-wide proportions and when the Chinese Theater opened the event was one of the most colorful in the history of the industry.

With the passing of the Chinese into the control of the Fox organization, the theater becomes a part of the circuit in which the great Roxy Theater, the finest in the East, is a unit. In other important cities of the country, William Fox has erected magnificent playhouses, at the present time there is nearing completion in San Francisco a 5,000-seat Fox Theater and before Fall new Fox Theaters will open in San Diego, Visalia, Hanford and Stockton, California, and Phoenix, Arizona.

JSA on November 9, 2006 at 12:38 pm

When I saw “Da Vinci Code” at the Dome, the trailer for “Casino Royale” was played. I assumed it was coming to the Dome. Instead, we’ll have “Happy Feet”. “Casino Royale” will probably play at the Chinese.


Ziggy on November 9, 2006 at 11:00 am

It was definitely a crime to open the forecourt up on one side so that a walkway and escalator connect it with the shopping complex next door. Now, instead of being an enclave and foretaste of the theatre, it’s simply a thoroughfare.

jrs847 on November 9, 2006 at 9:48 am

Removal of the free-standing ticket booth was a crime. The plaza looks open and lifeless now.

jrs847 on November 9, 2006 at 9:48 am

Removal of the free-standing ticket book was a crime. The plaza looks open and lifeless now.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on November 9, 2006 at 8:34 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 on November 3, 2006 at 5:03 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 on October 14, 2006 at 10:56 am

This is an interesting photo from the 1920s as there don’t appear to be any footprints in the cement: