TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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davidcoppock on October 2, 2018 at 10:30 pm

Theres a scene in the movie “Blazing saddles” showing Mel Brooks going into the theatre, which is screening a premiere of “Blazing saddles”.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on September 22, 2018 at 1:41 pm

B&W newsreel footage of the Hollywood premiere of “Hell’s Angels” can be viewed here

CStefanic on September 14, 2018 at 4:59 pm

I’m just going to say it – what they did with the Grauman Chinese (It will always be the Grauman Chinese to me) was an abomination.

DavidZornig on August 7, 2018 at 8:05 pm

Water and Power Associates link with the Chinese Theatre and photos of other theatres and buildings.

bigjoe59 on July 12, 2018 at 1:23 pm


thanks to Escot O. Norton and MSC77 for their replies. I am fascinated as to how long roadshow engagements of films lasted in L.A. as opposed to Manhattan. for instance the shortest roadshow engagement in Manhattan I can remember is Half A Sixpence which ran at the Criterion for a grand total of 6 weeks.

MSC77 on July 12, 2018 at 10:57 am

bigjoe59: Other roadshows at the Chinese included “Half a Sixpence” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

Escott O. Norton
Escott O. Norton on July 11, 2018 at 2:12 pm

BigJoe, I recommend you spend some time on my friend Kurt’s website. He has an exhaustive collection of photos and information, including a COMPLETE list of every movie and show ever presented at the Chinese. Also check out the 1927 tour of the theatre!

bigjoe59 on July 11, 2018 at 1:47 pm


were the engagements of Windjammer, West Side Story
and Hello Dolly the only roadshow engagements the
Chinese has held?

alisonwriter on July 10, 2018 at 10:21 pm

Hi, I’m working on a project about TCL/Grauman’s and would like to interview former (and current) employees—projectionists, managers, ushers, ticket sellers, janitors, etc. No on-camera required. alisonnastasi (at) gmail

RogerA on July 7, 2018 at 6:05 pm

That center aisle and the railings are just bad

LARGE_screen_format on July 7, 2018 at 4:28 am

That link includes a great interior shot of TCL Chinese Theatre.

Shame they have stairs running right through the centre of so many rows as that is where I prefer to sit, directly in line with the centre of the screen.

CF100 on July 6, 2018 at 4:53 pm

The replacement seating for the IMAX conversion was a “custom” design supplied by Seating Concepts:

How We Helped the Historic Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles with Its Recent Overhaul—Seating Concepts.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm

As far as I know neither Raymond Kennedy, chief architect of the Chinese Theatre, nor Donald Wilkinson, head architect of the firm of Meyer & Holler, with whom Kennedy worked closely on the project, ever visited China, but I’m sure Kennedy would have done some study of Chinese design for the project.

Although the theater’s details are Chinese, the building’s form is more European Renaissance, particularly the forecourt. A forecourt is not characteristic of Chinese design. Both Kennedy and Wilkinson were classically trained, and Kennedy was awarded a Diploma as a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, where he studied for three years.

RogerA on April 1, 2018 at 1:12 pm

I don’t think that Sid Grauman ever went to China he just built theaters. Sid built the Egyptian to cash in on the Egyptian revival craze started by discovery of King Tut’s tomb.

moviebuff82 on April 1, 2018 at 12:50 pm

Did the guy who created the Chinese go to China before making this theater?

leowtyx on April 1, 2018 at 9:54 am

Dome and Chinese has more bad seats, plus that’s not really a great comparison.

Different locations, different theaters, different times, different prices, different parking rates.

RogerA on March 31, 2018 at 3:32 pm

I saw Ready Player One last night looked okay. Not enough base good show great theater. Some people like the 2D version some like the 70mm version and some like the 3D version. The only one the even comes close to filling the theater is the 70mm version in a SMALL theater at the Arclight. There are plenty of seats at the Dome in 3D and plenty of empty seats at the chinese.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on March 28, 2018 at 6:22 pm

Zubi, thanks for the info on the II-III. When I first started traveling and taking pictures of theatres, I snapped a few shots of the lobby of the II-III after it was closed. Had I known they were going to be torn down I would’ve taken more.

They’re at the bottom of our page for it at

leowtyx on March 28, 2018 at 2:47 pm

Would you say Chinese is the only theater that shows IMAX Laser in 2D concurrently with 3D when there’s a 3D blockbuster movie?

RogerA on March 28, 2018 at 11:46 am

Let’s not forget the reason for building the twins. Star Wars was selling out and they were forced to move it to another theater for six weeks because of a previous booking arrangement. The twins solved that problem for future engagements. With the twins they could kick the dog into a twin and keep the big house for the blockbuster or a new release. All three theaters had Todd-AO 35/70 projectors. And they were a class act.

Zubi on March 28, 2018 at 5:22 am

Scott Neff – The Chinese Twin, as it was called internally within Mann Theatres (Chinese II-III in their directory ad) actually made the entire Chinese Theatres complex back then look much, much more impressive from the street than it looks today. Unlike the current Chinese 6, which is stashed in the back, the Twin was on Hollywood Blvd. and, more importantly, CONTIGUOUS with the original Grauman’s (Chinese I in the Mann directory ad). The place overall then looked and felt like a single, dynamic experience (not the case today). The II-III add-ons were also nice and large. So, no, one did not feel cheated by watching a movie in the II-III (though obviously seeing a movie in the original Grauman’s was best). Just so you know, the II-III often housed busier films because of contractual arrangements. For example, when my friend and I saw “Ghostbusters” for a midnight show at the Chinese in 1984, it was in the II-III—and completely sold out. Meanwhile, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” which had opened a couple weeks before and wasn’t that big of a hit to begin with, was in the original Chinese I with practically no one. I saw this happen more than once. Under Ted Mann, the complex then was also a classier operation with better showmanship. Mann staff wore expensive-looking, red satin tunics with Chinese dragons emblazoned on them. Mann managers wore tuxedos. Now, employees and management all wear whatever. The big theatre’s seating capacity then was more than twice what it is now (thanks to the IMAX retrofit and snack bar encroachment). While Laser IMAX is amazing, there’s simply nothing like watching a movie with two thousand other people. Back then, the Chinese was one of the busiest theatres in this country (even 4am shows sold out for tentpole films). Now, “Star Wars” movies can’t even fill the big theatre on opening weekends—and that’s with the reduced seating capacity. Finally, when you factor in the hawkers, hobos, and costumed characters that have exploded outside, it just ain’t as cool a place as it was in the day. BTW – pictures of the Twin are rare but I just googled and found one at – just scroll down.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on March 26, 2018 at 6:39 pm

Does anybody have any photos or details about the original multiplex that was built to accompany this theatre? And how, historically, does that fit in. Were people irritated if they went to see a movie at the Chinese and they got stuck in the multiplex? Or was it just par for the course at the time?

leowtyx on December 27, 2017 at 8:43 pm

Wouldn’t really make it any better still.

moviebuff82 on December 27, 2017 at 6:34 pm

Sucks that last jedi didn’t premiere here like the first star wars movie.