TCL Grauman's Chinese Theatre

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TCL Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Photograph: Courtesy Office of Historic Resources

It's still a great place to catch a movie, particularly since reopening after exenstive renovations in 2013, but most people come to the Chinese Theatre for the hand and/or foot imprints of around 200 Hollywood stars. As legend has it, Norma Talmadge accidentally stepped into the wet cement outside the new building during construction; in response, theater owner Sid Grauman fetched Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks to repeat the "mistake" with their feet and hands, beginning the tradition. The courtyard is usually choked with snap-happy tourists measuring their own extremities against the likes of John Wayne and Judy Garland; it's just a pity that its appeal is tempered by the tour hawkers and the ticket agents who clutter the courtyard. If you do come to see a film, you're likely to be seated in one of several IMAX theaters, including a 932-seater which is among the world's largest IMAX auditoriums. 

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T. W.
tastemaker

One things that puzzles me is that in a country that basically invented fast food, popcorn and huge bags of sweets there is just so little choice at cinemas... dark and not so welcoming, the screen was decent but nothing to write home about. They all seem so be employing the same interior designer... it would be nice to have a bit more originality and choice

Rozette R

This place is most definitely a tourist destination. But for a movie buff, its gigantic screen and old Hollywood history are hard to ignore. There's a parking lot and they validate. They also have good dining options for your pre or post movie dining needs.

Haley S.
tastemaker

A beautiful piece of Los Angeles history, the Chinese Theater is a tourist spot for good reason.  While the film-watching experience won't be perfect, there isn't a grander place to catch a flick.  From the forecourt to the theater inside, the architecture is representative of the time and detail Sid Grauman invested in his movie palaces.  Seeing a movie here was meant to be a standout experience, and because of the setting, it still is.  That said, even with a renovation recently (installing state of the art projection, new comfy seats), there are still glitches--like light leaks from doors onto the screen.


It's well worth coming here as a tourist or as a newly minted resident, but once you're calling yourself an Angeleno, you'll probably stick to the Arclight down the street for your film-going needs.  Because of its location on Hollywood Blvd, this landmark is always packed with tourists, so parking and navigation in this area can be a headache.  Don't miss it, but know what you're getting into.

Tanaya's Table
tastemaker

I love everything about Grauman's Chinese Theater, except for the crowds of tourists. However, what else can be expected with its majestic and historic appeal? The design and architecture is beautiful, and it makes for great photo ops from the outside, and inside is a genuinely great venue for watching a movie, or even an IMAX movie. The theater may be old (and by that I really mean "historic"), but they've done some great renovations to make the movie watching experience there a comfortable and enjoyable one. If you're a local, this is still something you should try... just be prepared for the crowds, and avoid being around the area during movie premieres (unless you're there for that reason, of course!).

Erick R

The Chinese Theater serves as one of the quintessential Hollywood landmarks and a pretty spectacular working movie theater.  This place has gotten event better since they renovated the theater with stadium seating and plush chairs.  Definitely worth a visit if you're an out-of-town tourist or a Los Angeleno looking to discover his/her own city.

Michael J
moderator

Everything about the surrounding location is awful—the people putting their hands in the cement molds, the congestion on the Walk of Fame, the general grime of Hollywood—but boy is this theater fantastic. Everybody's seen the Chinese Theatre in movies and on TV, so there's something kind of amazing about the fact that you can see a movie here. The architecture inside is beautiful and the projection and screen quality are by far the best in all of LA. If you're going to see something in IMAX, see it here—any place else just won't do.

Yosola M

I went for the Blended Premier two week ago... it's totally renovated! I'm really impress with the whole theather... Of course if you go just outside for that magical place, you gonna love the history and all...