TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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William
William on February 13, 2004 at 9:21 am

They were removed during the recent renovation a few years ago.

ryan0290
ryan0290 on February 13, 2004 at 9:12 am

Where are the courtyard trees and awning?

RockDoc50
RockDoc50 on February 13, 2004 at 7:29 am

I stand corrected about “Dirty Harry.” You are correct—it was premiered at the Paramount. I did see the “Magnum Force” premiere at the Chinese.
I remember sitting right behind David Caradine and Barbara (Hershey) Seagull when they were in the throes of their big romance. I don’t know what was more entertaining, the movie or their interaction in the theatre!
Great memories of a great historical treasure.
RockDoc

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on February 12, 2004 at 4:58 pm

Years ago, after a premiere or the Academy Awards, celebrities were always seen entering but not exiting the Chinese. Reason being, there was an underground tunnel that led accross the street to the Roosevelt Hotel (Sid Grauman had an interest in the hotel also). That way, celebrities could leave anonymously. The tunnel had not been used in the past 30 years. The tunnel is gone, and access to it from either the theatre or hotel was sealed up when the subway between the two building was built under Hollywood Blvd., a couple years ago.

Roloff
Roloff on February 12, 2004 at 4:15 am

I have several postcards of the theater dating from 1931 to just now, and it’s interesting to see how the facade has changed. In ‘31 the windows with the tent roofs on both 'tower-fronts’ were all clear and clean with decorated arches above them. At some point (Fifties?) the arches were obscured by marquees with the neon dragons. Also, Mann added “Mann’s” signs at the bottem of the window in the top of each tower-front.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on February 5, 2004 at 3:33 pm

I wonder how Kenny, the recently retired chief projectionist there for those 20 years, is doing today?

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on February 4, 2004 at 10:58 pm

I was a projectionist there off and on between 1979 (when the two adjacent theaters were built) until 1999 (when the two adjacent theaters were torn down). I started with a 70 mm. print of Superman and ended with a 70mm. print of Titanic. I was there from open to close, seven days a week for three months when Titanic played. It was and is the greatest movie theater in the world. I miss it and the premieres so much…

DavidT
DavidT on February 4, 2004 at 8:11 pm

Click to see a couple photo’s of the large electric sign mentioned above, spanning the forecourt.
1956 – http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater1/00014606.jpg
1953 – http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater1/00014683.jpg

egcarter
egcarter on January 25, 2004 at 2:02 pm

I believe that the two theatres (Chinese 2 & 3) added adjacent to the main house that were subsequently razed, was in 1979, not 1999.

William
William on January 16, 2004 at 6:40 pm

“Magnum Force” played the Chinese Theatre. Like themanwithnoname said “Dirty Harry” played at the Paramount Theatre across the street. And “The Enforcer” played over at the Pantages Theatre.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on January 16, 2004 at 1:53 pm

I thought Paramount and Warner Bros did a nice job restoring the Chinese. I wish they would bring back the neon dragons on the marquee. I heard they are stored on the Paramount Lot. The small movie signs they put up are a little blah and they are not original from any period. Brucec

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on January 16, 2004 at 1:07 pm

I also saw “Earthquake” there and if debris fell from the ceiling it wasn’t fake. I also saw “Dirty Harry” first run but it was across the street at the Paramount (now El Capitan).

RockDoc50
RockDoc50 on December 30, 2003 at 4:13 pm

I saw “Earthquake” at the Chinese Theatre as well as many other first run movies (I especially remember “Dirty Harry”). Does anyone remember if, in addition to the “sensurround” sound, if there were also fake debris that fell from the ceiling during the quake scenes? For some reason I remember that happening.
Where does the time go?
RockDoc

sdoerr
sdoerr on November 23, 2003 at 10:31 am

WOW, such a nice theatre! Great to see it restored

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on November 16, 2003 at 5:32 am

On April 9, 1958 Grauman’s Chinese Theatre had the world premiere of “WINDJAMMER” projected in the CineMiracle process. CineMiracle was almost the same as 3-strip CINERAMA and in fact was shown in many CINERAMA theatres and ended up being owned by CINERAMA.

DavidT
DavidT on November 15, 2003 at 7:00 pm

Grauman’s Chinese was where CinemaScope was introduced in Hollywood with the premier of “The Robe” in 1953, followed by most of the widescreen 20th Century-Fox epics of the period. During the peak Cinemascope years a hugh electric sign/marquee spanned the forecourt. It was quite spectacular but obliterated the famous entrance. It was replaced by two flashy but more conventional marquees on either side of the forecourt. These too have been removed.

Dejael
Dejael on November 13, 2002 at 4:30 pm

This IS the most famous movie theater in the world! This is where KING KONG was shown on its premiere engagement in 1933, and a 13-year-old boy named Ray Harryhausen sat in the dark and was mesmerized by movie monsters, and became one of the 20th Century Hollywood’s greatest cinema geniuses. This is where Forrest J. Ackerman sat in the dark watching KONG and was transported to Skull Island, and became the world’s leading authority on sci-fi, fantasy and horror, and his friend Ray Bradbury saw it with him there again in 1938.

And this is where I saw the wonder film of the 20th Century – MGM’s FORBIDDEN PLANET in CinemaScope, Eastmancolor and Stereophonic sound, as a special birthday gift from my dad on my 9th birthday, August 9, 1956. It was an unforgettable experience. The doorman led us into another world.

Robby the Robot was there in the theater lobby, behind velvet ropes, standing guard in a corner, his electronic computer brain and lights flashing every so often, his head turning, and saying, “Welcome to Altair-4!”

We returned in October to see “The King And I” in CinemaScope 55 there. I have returned often, with all the classic Hollywood movie stars' hand-and-footprints, and the touristy stuff, there’s a lot to see besides a movie! This is the Mecca for all Hollywood film fans the world over.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on June 11, 2002 at 6:32 am

For the first time in decades the theater is no longer Mann’s Chinese but once again designated Grauman’s. The 6 screens next door are part of a shopping mall which is designed to resemble the famous sets from “Intolerance”. All 7 theaters share a common box office.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on March 3, 2002 at 6:40 am

When “Earthquake” played here and that rumbling started, remembering the age of the place I thought that huge chandelier might come down.

BHousos
BHousos on February 24, 2002 at 6:22 pm

Grauman’s Chinese Theater opened May 18, 1927. The architects were Meyer & Holler. Theater decorator was Raymond Kennedy.