TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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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.

RogerA on October 7, 2013 at 9:51 am

Things in the Chinese Theater do rattle with heavy base. It takes a lot of audio power to fill that theater and there are a lot of things to rattle.

KramSacul on October 7, 2013 at 3:17 am

Anyone else notice the rattling behind the screen during bass heavy scenes? I think a speaker is either blown or something is not secured. Needless to say it happened a lot during Gravity.

Still really impressed with the presentation. 3-D, picture, sound is really top notch not to mention the spacious seating. Yes, I wish they would mask the top and bottom for scope films but that’s a minor quibble since the blank space disappears into the darkness.

Cliffs on October 6, 2013 at 12:42 am

Well, I’ve read that Lincoln Square is 97'x76', so the Chinese is almost the same width (97' vs 90'), but not nearly as tall (76' vs 46'). Doesn’t really matter with Gravity though, because Gravity is a constant 2.4:1, so both screens use up roughly the same real estate.

And yes, some LA theaters do still offer matinee discounts except they’re like $12 or $13 now. But Arclight doesn’t… no.

bigjoe59 on October 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Hello From NYC-

i will be seeing Gravity tomorrow at the Loew’s Lincoln Square IMAX auditorium which has reserved seating. when i purchased my ticket and the screen comes up with the seating plan i noticed all the seats in the middle had been taken which was fine by me. i’m tall and have no idea what the leg room space is between seats. i chose an aisle seat on the right with no seat in front of it which is great since i have long legs. in terms of overall size if the Lincoln Square screen is a 10 what’s the Chinese screen?

also do theaters in L.A. still have the discount before 5p.m. they still did when i was last out in Spring 2004. all AMC theaters have a discount before 12p.m. on weekends so i got that discount plus a senior discount so the ticket cost $15.

Cliffs on October 4, 2013 at 5:26 am

They’re leaving it unmasked (for now). I suspect they are trying to impress people with the screen size in these early days. It’s also the reason I think they have the curtain open before the show, because they closed it when it was over. There also was no pre-show, although we walked in about 2 minutes to showtime so maybe it was just over by then. I just think the game plan is to try and wow people upon first entering the theater. I know I was wowed. Yes, I’d like to see them start using the masking, but I’m willing to cut them some slack these first couple months. I honestly never even really noticed the lack of top/bottom masking. I can say for sure… I feel sorry for the people seeing Gravity at the Dome.

KramSacul on October 4, 2013 at 3:33 am

Are they masking the screen for 2.35:1, leaving it unmasked (yuck) or is Gravity taking up the whole screen? I guess I’ll find out tomorrow. They really need to get rid of the Screenvision preshow. Totally ruins the atmosphere and it looks like garbage.

Cliffs on October 4, 2013 at 2:37 am

The IMAX renovation at the Chinese is GORGEOUS!! Definitely feels different, but was great to see the place so busy for Gravity. There was a line on Hollywood Blvd to buy tickets and for a moment, I was confuse as to why all those people were there (It’s been a while since she was this happening).

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm
  1. Reserved seating is in use by almost all of the major theaters in LA nowadays. I love it. A lot less hassle…no more standing in line for hours trying to get a good seat.

  2. The ticket price here is $1 less than the ArcLight Cinerama Dome around the corner – which is not IMAX but is 3D capable. ArcLight members get $1 off their ticket which only equates to 50 cents less than Chinese.

bigjoe59 on October 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Hello From NYC-

I read in one of the first comments posted after the theater re-opened that the people showing you to your seats were a bit overwhelmed by the crowd. what’s wrong with the good old fashioned first come first served policy? good old regular 2-D movies are rather expensive at least in Manhattan. 3-d films are are that much more expensive and IMAX 3-D films are additionally more expensive. so no matter how good the film might be are reserved seat IMAX 3-D films really worth what i’m guessing is a really expensive ticket?

dctrig on October 3, 2013 at 7:52 am

The large ceiling light cover is new, as well as the lanterns against the sides of the auditorium. I never see a movie at Arclight when I can see “Gravity” at the Vista, $5.50 senior and $6.50 first show.

markinthedark on October 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Chinese 6 now has showtimes for Gravity as well. I wonder if this will be the new booking pattern: Chinese complex plays IMAX titles, Arclight rejects and move-overs. Arclight plays anything they want. Will be interesting to see what happens with the next Disney IMAX title.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Ditto for Chinese’s competitors around the corner…

markinthedark on October 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Both the Chinese and the Chinese 6 now have tickets on sale for Hunger Games: Catching Fire

markinthedark on October 1, 2013 at 10:14 am

Now that we know Chinese IMAX and Arclight Hollywood will be playing Gravity simultaneously the question are will the Chinese 6 be showing alternate showtimes as well (no listings yet on the website) and could the Chinese share future bookings with other theaters like the El Capitan (Episode VII playing across the street from each other!!).

The Seattle Cinerama books the same films as a Regal and AMC that are only blocks away.