TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Grauman's Chinese Theatre

The Chinese Theatre is arguably the most famous movie theatre in the world. It opened as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on May 18, 1927 with Cecil B. DeMille’s “The King of Kings” starring H.B. Warner and a stage prologue “Glories of the Scripture” which had a cast of 200. Seating was provided for 2,200, all on a single sloping floor (apart from a private box located at the rear, to the left of the projection box overhanging the rear orchestra seating). The theatre was equipped with a Wurlitzer 3 manual 17 ranks theatre organ which was opened by organist Frederick Burr Scholl, and accompanied the 65-piece symphony orchestra conducted by Constantine Bakaleinikoff. The Chinese Theatre has been the site of thousands of movie premieres and the destination of millions of tourists. Scores of celebrities have left their footprints, hand prints and hoof prints on the walkways near and on the theatre’s courtyard.

In 1973, Mann Theatres bought the Chinese Theatre. Two auditoriums, each seating 750, were added next to the Chinese Theatre, turning the theatre into a triplex operation from April 12, 1979. In 2000, the two added auditoriums were razed to make way for the construction of the Kodak Theatre — the new site of the annual Oscar presentations.

In 2001, the original 1927 built Chinese Theatre underwent a renovation to return its exterior to its original design and Mann Theatres, in late-2001, also added an adjoining 6-screen multiplex theatre, designed by the architectural firm Behr Browers Architects of Westlake, CA. Seating capacities in the six new screens are: 459, 177, 177, 177, 177, 279.

Still opulent in red tonality and Asiatic influences, the main original auditorium of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre remains the ultimate movie palace experience, and now seats 1,162.

In August 2009, Mann Theatres announced they were planning to put the Chinese Theatre up ‘For Sale’, and it was sold to an independent operator in April 2011. In January 2013, the naming rights were sold to television manufacturer Television China Ltd., and it was renamed TCL Chinese Theatre.

The main original auditorium was closed at the end of April 2013. Renovations by the architectural firm Blair Ballard Architects to turn the historic auditorium into a 986-seat IMAX theatre, with a 46 foot tall x 94 foot wide screen were completed on September 15, 2013 when the world premiere of the updated 1939 classic movie “The Wizard of Oz-3D” was screened on the giant IMAX screen.

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davidcoppock on May 1, 2019 at 10:27 am

Seen briefly in the film “The Muppet movie” as the Electric Mayhem bus is seen driving past the theatre near the end of the film.

moviebuff82 on May 1, 2019 at 2:09 pm

The last time this appeared in a Marvel MCU movie was Iron Man 3 which came out six years ago this weekend. Also seen in cartoon form in Scooby Doo Goes to Hollywood and other Hanna Barbera cartoons.

davidcoppock on May 2, 2019 at 7:54 am

Some of the movie stars of Marvels “Avengers endgame(5 movie stars i think?) recently put there signitures and handprints in cement outside this theatre(before the movie came out i think?).

DavidZornig on May 22, 2019 at 9:50 am

Link with footage of the August 27, 1964 premiere of “Mary Poppins”.

bigjoe59 on June 11, 2019 at 5:08 pm

Hello from NYC-

at the beginning of Funny Girl Barbra Streisand walks into what is supposed to be the New Amsterdam Theater on 42 St.. as any native New Yorker will tell you the interior looked nothing liked the New Amsterdam. this has always been a big mistake for me. to which what L.A. theater was used for the interior of the New Amsterdam?

stevenj on June 12, 2019 at 11:27 am

According to the overview for the Warrens (Warner Bros) theatre in downtown Los Angeles the interior theatre shots at the beginning of Funny Girl were filmed there.


bigjoe59 on June 13, 2019 at 3:21 pm


to stevenJ thanks for the reply. you’d expect since the exterior was a fa├žade on the Columbia lot they’d at least build one that actually looked like the New Amsterdam Theater.

moviebuff82 on August 24, 2019 at 8:33 am

One of the moviegoers that visited this theater had measles and also visited other landmarks around the LA area, including disneyland and others.

DavidZornig on September 28, 2019 at 3:56 pm

Variety article about the upcoming premiere of “Joker” at the TCL Chinese Theatre.

CF100 on October 15, 2019 at 4:57 pm

“CINITY” projection system installed for the premiere of “Gemini Man” at the Chinese Theatre:

“GEMINI MAN Theatrical Premiere Will Utilize 4K 3D 120fps High Frame Rate Projection”.

The system was developed for Chinese company Huaxia Film, and uses Christie dual laser projection; it is capable of 4K 3D at 120 frames per second, with 28ftL peak screen illumination.

I assume that public screenings were IMAX with Laser?

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