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TCL Chinese Theatre

TCL Chinese Theatre

Movie Theater and Historic and Protected Site
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    Matthew F.
    "their handprints with hands favorite celebrity"(7 Tips)
    MTV
    "... and George Clooney's footprints, but you can choose your own faves!"(6 Tips)
    ELS Language Centers
    "Home to many movie premieres & 3 Academy Award presentations!"(5 Tips)
    Bo L.
    "great Imax screen in s classic old theater."(8 Tips)
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  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    The forecourt of TCL Chinese Theatre has been one of the most popular free attractions since the 1920s. Now fans from around the world compare their hands and feet to those of stars past and present.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Rachel K.heart icon on user image
    Rachel KAugust 15, 2016
    So many people looking at the outside makes it nearly impossible to get inside to actually see a movie. Most of the theaters are upstairs, though the ticket booth is on the street level.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Rebecca B.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca BalnisOctober 18, 2017
    How anyone can watch a movie is beyond me. It took all my self-control to tear my eyes away from the ornate ceiling.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonOctober 15, 2014
    Famous for the celebrity hand and footprints displayed in the courtyard, this venue remains a working theater with regular movie screenings.
  • ℳ𝒶𝓎♍
    ℳ𝒶𝓎♍October 2, 2019
    Inside The Chinese Theatre is a living monument of Hollywood, both new and old. For anyone in love with cinema this is a theatre you have to experience at least once in your life
  • ℳ𝒶𝓎♍
    ℳ𝒶𝓎♍October 2, 2019
    Hollywood can be filled with such fake facades but, some venues stand the test of time and can exceed expectations. This is what The Chinese Theatre is, even almost a century later!
  • Erik R.heart icon on user image
    Erik RowleyDecember 22, 2013
    A must see tourist destination in Hollywood. Look for classic movie stars' names on the sidewalks, visit in the evenings for a chance to see an opening film premier.
  • Reed A.heart icon on user image
    Reed AlvaradoJanuary 26, 2019
    Best place to see a huge blockbuster like Star Wars or a Marvel film. Amazing sound, and an epic screen.
  • Robert B.
    Robert BlumeAugust 6, 2013
    The tour really rocks. You get to step out of the heat an enjoy one of the most beautiful theaters in the US. They play movies in the theater also, so make sure you see a move there too. LIVE LA.
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    MuratMay 14, 2016
    Great location, a touristic attraction more than a move theatre. Quite big and well known for premiers. Close to other touristic attractions. A must-see spot, don't miss it.
  • Jamie B.heart icon on user image
    Jamie BarrenDecember 15, 2016
    31 DEC 2016: 4th Massive NYE at Chinese Theater New Year's Eve 2016/2017 w/ DJ YAHEL (LA EDM NYE Special Event) | Tickets At - http://newyearsnightlife.net/chinese-theatre-new-years-2017/
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    NatalieOctober 1, 2015
    Biggest movie theater ever. Definitely a must see when you're out here. Pop in for a movie too if you have the time!
  • Nina B.heart icon on user image
    Nina BellarosaJanuary 6, 2017
    Did a tour. Nice history. Did you know many parts of the interior were actually brought in from China, as we're the lion statues on the outside.
  • Annablue2 S.heart icon on user image
    Annablue2 SalmoreDecember 30, 2014
    Everything about the theater was wonderful. Great sound and seating. Dramatic and spectacular. Hollywood memrobilla featuring costumes and props worn in past movies. Shall I go on?
  • Its Maky B.heart icon on user image
    Its Maky BitchJune 29, 2015
    Don't take the tour, for 7 dlls more you get to see the place plus a movie. The place is gorgeous and ira the biggest iMax in the world. Also singing in the rain was filmed here.
  • Christopher J.heart icon on user image
    Christopher JohnsonOctober 30, 2018
    Tour was great, the history behind it was great too!
  • Annabel C.heart icon on user image
    Annabel ChickJuly 22, 2015
    It's is a fun outing. You can have a tour of the theater and this have costumes on display. It is a part of LA culture and a must for tourists.
  • Ross S.heart icon on user image
    Ross SheingoldDecember 5, 2014
    Seeing an IMAX movie? Sit in row K (first row in front of the aisle splitting the back of the theater from the front), toward the middle of the screen. Best picture and sound.
  • Ashley D.heart icon on user image
    Ashley DandoJanuary 15, 2019
    Amazing cinema and it’s relatively cheap for an IMAX.
  • Screamfest H.
    Love the full bar in the lobby. You can take your cocktails into the screening with you. Especially love their 2 for $10 happy hour. :)
  • Jason S.heart icon on user image
    Jason ShellhammerOctober 21, 2018
    Really neat place to see. All the hand prints you could imagine. Get here early, give consideration to shadows and previous day weather, it will effect your pictures.
  • ᴡ R.
    ᴡ RosarioSeptember 4, 2014
    I saw "Guardians of The Galaxy" IMAX 3D. I was amazed with the excellent sound and video quality. Go see your favorite movie. Really incredible Theatre!
  • Christine P.
    Christine PlatzerMay 12, 2014
    Classic theater ambiance with an IMAX screen. You MUST see a 3D movie here! Perfection! A nice break away from the craziness outside :)
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    AlainDecember 22, 2015
    So funny to see all these names of the big screen, accompanied by their hands and or feet in the concrete. It's just the whole ambience, cool place.
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYMarch 31, 2010
    This theater opened May 18, 1927 with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's film 'The King of Kings'. The Academy Awards were held here in 1944, 1945, & 1946. It was declared a historic landmark in 1968.
  • Ioannis P.
    Ioannis PapapetrouSeptember 2, 2018
    A really old theater that you should visit inside to watch a movie or just to look...
  • Eliza T.heart icon on user image
    Eliza TarasilaAugust 14, 2023
    Iconic theather, must go see a movie there!
  • Keith W.heart icon on user image
    Keith WilliamsSeptember 12, 2015
    Really enjoyed this. When your on LA for your first time you have to do all the tourist stuff
  • PCL Construction
    PCL ConstructionMarch 12, 2013
    The seismic upgrade was accomplished with the addition of a cast-in-place shear wall in the theatre and a shotcrete shear wall behind the movie screen in the fly tower. Read more
  • Philipp S.heart icon on user image
    Philipp SpießbachNovember 4, 2017
    One of my favorite theaters in LA! Audience is always in a good mood and the IMAX screen is huuuuuuuge 😅😊
  • Buford B.
    Buford BarnesJuly 12, 2012
    Buy tickets online and see a movie or get a tour of the most famous movie theater in the world. Or, go the cheap route and just admire the building and footprints out front.
  • ELS Language Centers
    Located on the Historic Walk of Fame, this movie theater opened in 1927. Home to many movie premieres & 3 Academy Award presentations! See the famous Hollywood handprints!www.chinesetheatres.com
  • Matthew F.heart icon on user image
    Matthew FoxMay 5, 2015
    It is here that you can compare their handprints with hands favorite celebrity, or see it live during the next movie premiere!
  • Christine W.
    Christine WuJanuary 4, 2015
    The most gorgeous interior. Watching the 3d ax experience with fast-frame rate was incredible!
  • Silent Hollywood
    Silent HollywoodMarch 15, 2012
    Fad-tastic impresario Grauman kept rolling with this 1927 landmark. Boasting an ornate exterior and hand/footprints of the stars, it has been a top tourist destination and premier site ever since.
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    rogerallenwardSeptember 2, 2016
    Pre-buy your tickets and pick them up in the kiosks on the way in. Soooooo much easier than standing in line on Hollywood Blvd.
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    LuckySlevenMarch 8, 2015
    The ambiance is so good and the screen is so perfect, great theater
  • John K.heart icon on user image
    John KiddeApril 11, 2016
    Nice theatre, easy access from the Red Line, friendly staff too.
  • ChelleB
    ChelleBApril 4, 2018
    Opened in 1927, with a premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s King of Kings.Marvel at the 30-foot dragon guarding the door.
  • Katrina
    KatrinaNovember 17, 2014
    Another must see for tourists & LA newbies. Fun tourist attraction!!
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SheetsJune 10, 2011
    The parking isn't bad once you find it. Go on North Orange behind Kodak Theater and Chinese Theater and it'll be on the right side. Validation will take care of first 4 hrs with $1/hr afterwards
  • Travis S.
    Travis SmithMarch 28, 2013
    TCL Chinese Theatre, formerly Mann's Chinese Theatre, formerly Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Fact: The largest footprints there are from Tony the Wonder Horse.
  • Agu E.heart icon on user image
    Agu EstradaApril 8, 2018
    if you're into Hollywood trivia and history, this is a must place to spend time in.
  • David C.
    David CaffreySeptember 14, 2011
    In contrast to Cinefamily, the Chinese cinema looks old but shows modern films. Out side they have the hand prints of famous people. These are surrounded by tourists… Thousands of them!!
  • Babette C.
    Babette CantonJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    When facing the exterior, go to your right to play on the musical stairs that lead up to Sweet, then go inside and make your own candy bar.
  • Britt M.heart icon on user image
    Britt McDonaldMay 11, 2013
    Somehow a hidden secret. Although the place is covered in tourists, people don't realize that it's an actual working movie theatre. See framed photos of Old Hollywood stars who've been there.
  • Owen W.heart icon on user image
    Owen WardJuly 22, 2015
    I was shocked when the seats started moving up and down. Clean theaters and an iconic location. Full bar is a plus.
  • Danny B.
    Danny BDecember 7, 2011
    The Official Maxim New Years Eve party is happening at the Chinese Theater this year. The first party here of it's kind. It's gonna be amazing. Check it outwww.wantickets.com/db2
  • Josh M.heart icon on user image
    Josh MartinNovember 1, 2018
    The imax screen is so big and the seats are super comfortable. What an iconic location to watch a movie.
  • Billy F.
    Billy FamineDecember 11, 2014
    Hanging out at the Premiere of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Great place!
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