TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on October 21, 2013 at 7:06 am

Wow, Chris. Thanks for reporting that for us. Now if only they’d SHOW “2001” at the Chinese. Maybe they will someday.

moviebuff82 on October 21, 2013 at 3:50 am

Now that’s a great review Chris….

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 20, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Just came back from my 2nd trip to “Gravity.” Lots of improvements. No more dumb preshow. Curtain stays closed till their announcer guy introduces the feature. Ushers all around to help patrons find their seats. Still no ticket kiosks built, though (They GOTTA make this happen! With all that randomness on Hollywood Blvd, that street level box office is not safe!).

And here’s something to make you chuckle: They’ve added a dash of showmanship by playing the legendary “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” (a.k.a. the 2001 A Space Odyssey theme) as the curtains open. EPIC!

longislandmovies on October 19, 2013 at 8:50 am

As I posted months ago !!

Cliffs on October 19, 2013 at 8:43 am

Wow… the TCL Chi-MAXing is the best thing that could have happened to Arclight Hollywood. It looks like they have been removed totally from the booking area, allowing them free access at Disney/Pixar/Marvel/Lucasfilm stuff now. It’s also the best thing for the Chinese since they don’t have to simply contend with Arclight’s castoffs anymore.

Robert_G_Kelley on October 17, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Looks like they have Enders Game IMAX booked now

markinthedark on October 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Escape Plan starts the Friday at both the Chinese 6 and the Arclight. Looks like the shared bookings will go beyond IMAX titles.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Photos are set democratically by the most # of views for any particular image within that theater’s photo set. I do not believe there is an override available to administrators.

Escott O. Norton
Escott O. Norton on October 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm

I agree with Bway, can the admin please put a more representative photo up as the first photo? Thanks!

Escott O. Norton
Escott O. Norton on October 12, 2013 at 11:51 pm

I saw the original Star Wars at the Chinese when it opened with a group of friends, and it changed my life in many ways! Every time there has a rerelease of SW film at the Chinese the same group of friends reunited to see it. It would mean so much to me to see the latest SW at the same theatre! Robert, Chris, and Cliffs, I hope you you are right! I will be there for the first midnight showing!

Cliffs on October 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm

If Disney was smart… they’d locked down Hollywood Blvd for Episode VII and have it playing at both. Treat the Chinese and the El Cap as one big multiplex. Imagine how cool it would be to have Star Wars playing on both sides of the street.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I DID NOT KNOW that Disney used both theatres for premieres! I recant my original statement!

Shucks…with the free for all going on with “Gravity” playing at Chinese & The Dome coupled with the “Thor” sequel playing at The Dome & El Cap, we just may see Episode 7 playing at theatres located across the street from one another after all!

RogerA on October 11, 2013 at 8:43 am

Bigjoe most of the grand movie palaces that were built in the early part of the twentieth century are gone. The value of the real estate and the cost of heating and air conditioning coupled with the lack of interest in single theaters did them in. The grandest and most famous movie palace was the Roxy in NYC. The Roxy was demolished in 1960. The high cost of energy and the popularity of the multiplex closed most of the movie palaces in the 70’s and early 80’s. The are a few of these theaters and few are still first run. Most of the movie palaces that are left run special shows or are just dark. Do a google search for oldest running movie theaters and you will find a few.

Robert_G_Kelley on October 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Chris, you do have a point, but can i counter with this. Just because Disney Operates El Cap doesnt mean the Chinese won’t be involved with the premiere in some manner. There have been several Disney red carpet premieres in recent years that full on premiered at the chiense instead of El Cap. Since Iron Man 2 all the Marvel movies have for their Red Carpet Premiere used BOTH the El Cap and Chinese (such as last Summers Avengers, this Summers Iron Man 3 and the upcoming Thor 2-Nov4- So its entirely possible that Star Wars VII will be a Co premiere between both theatres, Especially if JJ ends up partially shooting using IMAX cameras.

Regular engagement who knows, but the premiere I am more than willing to bet it will premiere or co premiere at the Chinese IMAX

bigjoe59 on October 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Hello From NYC-

this a question I asked sometime ago so I would appreciate any further info my fellow posters might have. the building boom period for grand old movie theaters/palaces was approx. 1914-1941. now many of the theaters built during this period are alive and well and have been in continual operation since the day they opened- the Castro Theater in San Francisco as an example. but that theater was built from the get go as a 2nd/3rd run neighborhood theater. which brings me to the Chinese. I have been browsing this website to see how many such theaters I could find that opened from the get go as 1st run venues and have continued to operate as such since the day they opened. the only one I have found so far is the Chinese. is it really possible that of all the grand old movie theaters/palaces built in the boom period of 1914-1941 from the get go as 1st run venues the Chinese is the only one in continual operation as such since the day is opened?

Bway on October 10, 2013 at 1:21 pm

For one of the most famous theaters in the country, this is the photo for it?

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 9, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Laser’s coming in 2014.

RogerA on October 9, 2013 at 11:26 am

I don’t think they have the laser light source installed yet.

moviebuff82 on October 9, 2013 at 10:17 am

How is the picture quality of the laser imax compared to rockaway imax?

RogerA on October 9, 2013 at 8:00 am

For a while there were sixteen 16 inch Cerwin-Vega speakers in two banks powered by two 2,000 watt amps for the sub woof channel. Someone from Universal brought in a couple of reels of Jurassic Park and it sounded great.

Most people seem to agree that the seating and viewing is much better now. There is very little chance someone’s head will block your view.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 8, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Star Wars premiere at Chinese ain’t gonna happen. Disney owns a movie theatre directly across the street.

Regarding sound: I did not notice any rattling behind the screen when I went on Saturday 10/5 at 7:45 PM. Sound presentation was excellent – not too much bass to overpower you but not too soft, either. It all sounded just right to me.

Maybe something happened w/the sound earlier in the day on Sunday that made them adjust.

moviebuff82 on October 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm…this scene was pretty good. They filmed it near the chinese or a mock up of it…i hope star wars episode vii has the world premiere here…

RogerA on October 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm

A friend went to see the five o'clock show on Sunday. He is a film student and went with a group. From what he said the volume was set much too low. Doesn’t anyone set the volume where it is suppose to be anymore. I know that AMC runs the fader in most of their theaters at 5 and that is one quarter of the level it should be set at.

RobertAlex on October 7, 2013 at 11:22 am

Went here on Saturday matinee to see Gravity. We got there at 15 minutes early and the curtains were closed with TCL Chinese Theatre logo in lights on the curtain, unlike last week. Also, there was no preshow…the curtains opened after the introduction of the movie and it went right to previews.

Another great presentation and this was almost sold out.