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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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.
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.
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.
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...