TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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davidcoppock
davidcoppock on August 9, 2022 at 3:53 am

Screened the World premiere of the Movie “Grease”. RIP Olivia Newton-John!!!! 😓💔🎤🎶📀📽️🎬🎞️📺

Escott O. Norton
Escott O. Norton on July 24, 2022 at 1:03 pm

Here’s one way it’s relevant. When the Academy first proposed their new theatre they presented it to the community as a place for small revival screenings, no new movie premieres. This is important because movie premieres is a major source of revenue for the Chinese Theatre. If the Academy goes against what they promised it will hurt the Chinese, and piss off the immediate neighbors. I personally don’t care how “state of the Art” the Academy is, it will never have the prestige of a grand opening in the Chinese Forecourt!

m00se1111
m00se1111 on July 23, 2022 at 1:24 pm

I’m sure that’s valuable information, but what does it have to do with the Chinese theatre exactly?

RogerA
RogerA on July 23, 2022 at 8:12 am

The new theaters at the Academy Museum in Los Angeles are state of the art.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on July 6, 2022 at 5:40 pm

BIgJoe: Yes. Specifically, they’re talking about the old Fox Village, now referred to as the Westwood Village.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 6, 2022 at 2:29 pm

Hello-

I’m slightly confused by the info about the Westwood stated by my fellow posters. I’m interested in grand old movie theaters built from the get go as 1st runs venues and have continued to operate as such since the day they opened. does the Westwood fit that category?

Gregg L. Friedman MD
Gregg L. Friedman MD on July 5, 2022 at 10:30 am

Great historic landmark. I really enjoyed my visit. 5 Stars. By Gregg L. Friedman MD

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 30, 2022 at 2:35 pm

bigjoe: It’s not first run and never really was, but the Loew’s 175th St. in Manhattan, now known as United Palace, shows classic movies once in a while. They recently showed The Godfather and Raiders of the Lost Ark. I saw All About Eve there recently. The theater itself has been restored beautifully.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on June 30, 2022 at 2:22 pm

Hello-
Escott N.-

L.A. with the Chinese and the Westwood must be one of the very very few cities in the U.S. with 2 grand old movie theaters that were built as 1st run venues from the get go and have continued to operate as such since the day they opened. Manhattan doesn’t have any.

Escott O. Norton
Escott O. Norton on June 30, 2022 at 12:26 pm

I am puzzled by RogerA’s comment, there are quite a few “good” theatres left in Los Angeles, and in my opinion, some magnificent ones, like the Chinese, El Cap, Hollywood Legion, United Artists, Palace, Los Angeles, United Artists, Orpheum, Million Dollar, etc. I was just at the Westwood Village for Last Remaining Seats and it seems well maintained with good sound and picture, clean throughout, and an attentive staff. not sure about the curtain, but that would be low on my list, very few theatre even HAVE curtains any more, sadly.
As for bigjoe59’s query, I agree with silver that the Westwood Village should be included, it was built as a first run theatre, and still shows the biggest first run films. The exterior of the theatre is almost all original, including the marquee which has changed very little. It is probably one of the oldest original marquees still being used in Los Angeles.

RogerA
RogerA on June 30, 2022 at 6:03 am

The Village theater was once a premier venue. Current management hasn’t done any real maintenance for years. The curtain has been broken for a while. Are there any good theaters left in Los Angeles? The Million Dollar in downtown, one of the oldest theaters in Los Angeles, is running movies again.

silver
silver on May 3, 2022 at 1:42 am

Reply to: bigjoe59 May 2, 2022 comment . How about the Westwood Village Theater? (now run by Regency). Opened 1931 with 1489 seats (currently has 1341). Info from its page: cinematreasures.org/theaters/246 . It has a huge lobby, & outstanding sound & projection. And many of us consider it to be the best old theater in Los Angeles (the overpriced Chinese notwithstanding), but that’s subjective, of course.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on May 2, 2022 at 1:52 pm

Hello-

since discovering this wonderful site I decided to see what grand old theaters built in the U.S. between 1914-1941 were still alive and well. there is of course the Castro in San Francisco but that was built from the get go as a 2nd/3rd run neighborhood theater. I was interested in what grand old movie theater(s) built from the get go as a 1st run venue had continued to operate as such since the day it opened. the only one I have found so far in my research is this theater.

David_Schneider
David_Schneider on May 2, 2022 at 11:22 am

Wow, I’ve noticed that the web address for this entry ends in “theaters/1”, which seems to indicate that the Chinese Theatre was the very first cinema to be listed on Cinema Treasures.

And this comment of mine is #1650 (or #1642 according to the tally in the comments section), going back 20 years… : )

David_Schneider
David_Schneider on April 30, 2022 at 11:58 am

CBS Saturday Morning news segment, “The History of the Forecourt of the Stars,” from April 30th, 2022:

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/the-history-of-the-forecourt-of-the-stars-the-tcl-chinese-theatre/#x

Says that the tradition of leaving imprints in the courtyard began 95 years ago today when actress Norma Talmadge accidentally stepped in freshly poured cement, then Sid Grauman who was giving her, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks a tour of the theater asked them to put their footprints, handprints and autographs. Also mentions the imprints have aged well due to a top secret cement recipe.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 13, 2022 at 6:55 pm

Los Angeles Times link with multiple photos of various stars placing hand prints in the forecourt.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-chinese-theatre-handprints-celebrity-20170518-htmlstory.html

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 31, 2022 at 1:41 pm

The line added to the description is badly phrased. The new zoning code was not aimed at the Chinese Theatre, but is simply a provision to allow housing to be built on land that was previously reserved exclusively for commercial use. Nobody is going to knock down one of the city’s most successful tourist attractions to put up apartments, especially when the same code change opens up many thousands of acres of lower value commercial properties (and their parking lots) for residential use.

Escott O. Norton
Escott O. Norton on March 31, 2022 at 10:11 am

The Chinese is NOT, I repeat NOT in danger of being torn down for housing. A local preservation group took something out of context and starting this scare campaign to boost attention to their org. The LA City Planning Dept responded that the theatre is not in any danger. The rezoning is part of a citywide effort to promote more housing opportunities, allowing areas that previously couldn’t build housing to have the option.

vindanpar
vindanpar on March 31, 2022 at 8:34 am

If you are right that last paragraph needs to be rewritten because it makes it sound like the theater is in danger of being torn down.

vindanpar
vindanpar on March 31, 2022 at 8:31 am

I read somewhere else they’re working on tearing it down and if you read the last paragraph here it doesn’t talk about the surrounding area it’s talking about the theater specifically. Also it seems landmark status means little today.

RogerA
RogerA on March 31, 2022 at 8:08 am

The Chinese Theater has landmark status I doubt they will tear it down to build housing. Everything around it maybe.

vindanpar
vindanpar on March 31, 2022 at 7:44 am

So it’s in the works to tear the place down for residential use. I’m just hearing about it and now I see it’s in the overview. Was never in it though walked in the forecourt. Now I never will.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on March 28, 2022 at 8:19 am

“Is This the End Of the Movies?” Following news commentary could apply to any cinemas still operating. Click here

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on February 27, 2022 at 2:58 pm

Hello-

to bad a remastered blu-ray disc of WSS wasn’t issued for the 60th
Anni. last October 2021. the currently available blu-ray from say 10? years ago contains a huge mistake that did not occur on any previous home video version of the film.

MSC77
MSC77 on February 25, 2022 at 3:35 pm

Passing along the link to my 3-page 60th anniversary retrospective on WEST SIDE STORY, which includes a historian interview and reference listing of its roadshow engagements. The Chinese gets several mentions.