TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Cliffs on October 1, 2013 at 2:25 am

Well, Good luck to those willing to suffer the world’s worst 3D in the Dome when there is a superior alternative down the street.

Escott O. Norton
Escott O. Norton on October 1, 2013 at 2:19 am

dctrig, As others have mentioned, the ceiling and other historical elements were not changed, just better lit. LEDs were used to replace some old incandescents, but there are still a lot of original lighting that is not being used. As RogerA mentioned, there were 3 different circuits of color in the ceiling, my understanding is that those are not in use at all. I hope to report later with more details on the lighting!

Escott O. Norton
Escott O. Norton on October 1, 2013 at 2:09 am

BigJoe, In my opinion the 3D IMAX version of Wizard of Oz was wonderful! I have seen the movie countless times, including on the big screen twice. The 3D was subtle, not over-the-top “in your face”, but just accentuated the already beautiful photography. Small parts worked best for me, the Wicked Witch’s fingers, flowers in Munchkin Land, etc. The IMAX large screen conversion was much more impressive, I noticed things I have never seen before, camera moves that were amazing, subtleties of the actors faces, details of the production design, etc. The tornado scene was absolutely terrifying! For me it was VERY worth seeing in 3D IMAX!

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 1, 2013 at 1:49 am

So (ahem)…just found out that GRAVITY is also playing in the Cinerama Dome. Yup. The same movie at Chinese and the Dome. Absolutely insane.

Oh well…IMAX trumps Dome all day every day in my book!

Shout out to CT member BRADE48 for first posting the info.

RogerA on September 28, 2013 at 11:27 am

It was a wise decision to use LED lights. At one time there were three different lighting circuits in the ceiling with three different colored bulbs. Changing the intensity of each color would produce a different effect. All those incandescent bulbs took a lot of electricity.

CTCrouch on September 27, 2013 at 11:11 pm

dctrig: as far as the ceiling goes, it looks different because they switched over to LED lighting; bringing out a lot of the detail which was not as visible under the previous incandescent lighting.

dctrig on September 27, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Went to the 10PM “Metallica” show on Thursday night with about 700 other people. Because of the glass box office partition I could not see the seat numbers the clerk showed me on the tablet. I pointed to one but ended up once inside with a much farther back seat. I moved up one or two rows to an aisle seat on the right aisle. It turned out fine as far as a viewing experience. If I go again I will buy at the upstairs box office where I can confirm my selection with no glass barrier. I noticed the two Chinese prints in the mens room foyer have been replaced by black and white celebrity photos. The seats are better than before but the seat cushion is a bit hard. I hope someone posts side by side before and after photos of the main ceiling and other areas, showing the various changes. The restoration gets an A- from me.

bigjoe59 on September 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Hello From NYC-

aside from the hoopla about the Chinese re-opening has there been much talk in the press about the 3-D IMAX The Wizard of Oz? the film opened last Fri.9/20 at 2 of the 3 IMAX screens in Manhattan with no publicity whatsoever.

Robert_G_Kelley on September 26, 2013 at 3:09 am

One final post from me tonight, I am sure if they really wanted to put in a screen as tall as Metreon or Lincoln square they could have, but it would have come at a huge cost, the loss of the beautiful historic architecture.

I think what the chinese has now is the best of both worlds You have all the historic beauty intact and an incredibly large screen, and a return of great movies to the chinese and great crowds for shows playing in the middle of the week.

with 15/70 going bye bye there is no need for a taller screen than what they put in.

I am sure some will disagree, but thats my outlook on it.

Robert_G_Kelley on September 26, 2013 at 2:59 am

its funny when you call up and ask Citywalk the management refuses to say how big the screen is, I have called several times to ask and I get the same we don’t know response or we are not permited to say.

Robert_G_Kelley on September 26, 2013 at 2:57 am

Hdtv I think the numbers you found for the Metreon are off a bit,
The Lincoln Square IMAX is actually bigger than the Metreon not the other way around.

Robert_G_Kelley on September 26, 2013 at 2:55 am

for the heck of it I asked about the screen today when I went to watch OZ. I was told the dimensions of the screen is 14.07m x 28.98m and that the full screen will not be completely used until the laser projection comes next year, thats why you have several feet of masking on both sides presently.

the dimensions I was told (and listed above) when you translate meters to feet indicate 46 ft tall and 95 feet wide

RogerA on September 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Yes Chris some segments of some films are shot in 15/70 making the segments that are not shot in 15/70 stand out all the more but most of the IMAX shows are from originals with a much lower resolution than 15/70! I watched an IMAX film at Universal and the grain was so big is was distracting.

hdtv267 on September 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm

My apologies for not adding CityWalk and Rave. I found a photo a while back of the 98 boxes of film for the Hobbit in 3D IMAX. Looked like an amazingly daunting task.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on September 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Therein lies the issue with 15/70. As sprawling as it is to look at, it is CUMBERSOME to operate. I thought I read somewhere that the reels for any given 15/70 print weigh as much as 6,000 POUNDS for a 2 ½ movie. I saw some You Tube video when TDKR was released that showed the painstakingly long process it took to take all of its reels and prep them for play in an IMAX projector. IIRC, it was a 3 day process.

Mark_L on September 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm

No studio movies were filmed completely in 15/70, but TITANICA (95 minutes) and AT THE MAX (89 minutes) were feature length. Biggest problem was having feed & take-up platters large enough to handle such large pictures.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on September 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm

AHA! HDTV has solved the mystery. Chinese is the 3rd WIDEST…but Lincoln Square, Meteron, Rave, Citywalk are all TALLER. Way, way TALLER! Trickery with numbers. :)

RogerA: As everyone knows, segements of some IMAX feature films were shot in 15/70 – most famously “The Dark Knight” & “The Dark Knight Rises.” “Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol” & most recently “Star Trek Into Darkness” are on the list. The upcoming “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” also has some IMAX camera shot sequences. So will Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” coming in 2014. But there has never been an entire film shot in 15/70 IMAX.

RogerA on September 25, 2013 at 9:52 am

Has there ever been a feature film shot in 15/70? Most of the IMAX films are blow ups anyway.

hdtv267 on September 25, 2013 at 5:27 am

Sad news about 15/70 going away totally.

Here’s some numbers….

Chinese Theatre IMAX is 90' x 46'
Lincoln Square IMAX is 76' x 97'
Metreon IMAX is 80' x 100'

Robert_G_Kelley on September 25, 2013 at 3:38 am

*Metreon (got to love auto correct lol)

Robert_G_Kelley on September 25, 2013 at 3:37 am

Chris you are right there was an article a few months back where one of the IMAX execs said by the end of 2014 that 15/70 IMAX projection would be no more ANYWHERE. And there was another article stating that The Smithsonian will be converting from 15/70 film IMAX to Laser IMAX come Jan 2014. SO i would wager your predictions about Rave and Citywalk are correct.

Robert_G_Kelley on September 25, 2013 at 3:35 am

I just want to point out, everything I have read the theatre management and IMAX never claimed the screen was the biggest in the world. Pretty sure they have been saying seating capacity wise in pretty much all of the news releases and stories. And they have mentioned over and over (both the theatre and IMAX) that Lincoln square and The Meteron are bigger screens.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on September 25, 2013 at 12:13 am

Mark: Technically, we won’t see the “full length of the screen being used” till the Lasers come next year. Till then, the screen will indeed be masked on the sides. Which probably explains why the blogger who went to the WOZ premiere stated that the screen was 61 feet wide.

Lastly – to put the IMAX/LieMax argument to bed, all signs point to them abandoning 15/70 projection and those 6 story tall screens. Don’t know how far they’ll go, but don’t be surprised if word gets out that Rave and Citywalk are “temporarily closed for remodeling” next year.

KramSacul on September 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I agree. It’s a visually impressive screen but not IMAX in shape or vertical height.

I was very impressed with The Hobbit trailer showing in 2.35:1. Just awesome to see the full length of the screen being used and the 3D was very clear and not dim like you see at Arclight. I hope they actually mask the top and bottom and not leave it empty when wide films play there.

Cliffs on September 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Chris, Thank you. That was the point I was trying to make about a month ago but was chided as attacking the Chinese. I didn’t see how you could fit a traditional IMAX screen (like those found at Rave, Citywalk or Lincoln Square) in the Chinese and the fact was they couldn’t. They installed most of the width but without the most of the height. It’s a fantastic IMAX for the future (probably the best), but it’s not a traditional 6 story 1.43:1 IMAX venue.