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TCL Chinese Theatre

TCL Chinese Theatre

Movie Theater, Historic Site, and Multiplex
Los Angeles
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128July 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.
  • Erik R.
    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.
  • Murat
    MuratMay 14
    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.
  • Annablue2 S.
    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?
  • Francisco R.
    Francisco 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!
  • Natalie
    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!
  • 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
  • The Hollywood Reporter
    The Hollywood ReporterDecember 3, 2012
    This flashy, themed temple of cinema was originally designed to lure moviegoers from downtown LA, then home to the city's top moviehouses. Everything from The Wizard of Oz to Avatar has premiered here Read more
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. :)
  • Annabel C.
    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.
  • Its Maky B.
    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.
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KAugust 15
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • Christine W.
    Christine WuJanuary 4, 2015
    The most gorgeous interior. Watching the 3d ax experience with fast-frame rate was incredible!
  • 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!!
  • Brittany Nicole L.
    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.
  • Alain
    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.
  • Melody S.
    Melody SazegarJuly 7, 2013
    Inside Jokes (new comedy club) is bitchin'. Comfy, spacious seats with red velvet curtains lining the walls and HD sound.
  • LuckySleven
    LuckySlevenMarch 8, 2015
    The ambiance is so good and the screen is so perfect, great theater
  • Jace
    JaceJune 9, 2011
    This place is awesome!!! Don't confuse this place for the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater. Two very different theater. Both amazing in its own right.
  • MTV
    MTVNovember 3, 2010
    MTV News: We were here for the 'Due Date' premiere and we enjoyed checking out Michael Jackson and George Clooney's footprints, but you can choose your own faves!
  • Owen W.
    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.
  • Matthew F.
    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!
  • Ross S.
    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.
  • 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.
  • That M.
    That MarikaApril 18, 2012
    This was a great experience all around. It looked very much like it's name. The theater is nice inside too.
  • Kimberly E.
    Kimberly EatonApril 27, 2013
    04/27/13 Jane Fonda got to cast her handprints in the sidewalk in front of Grauman's this morning, right next to her father's! Amazing day!
  • John K.
    John KiddeJune 9, 2015
    3rd floor of the Hollywood & Highland center. Nice projection system, comfy seats, friendly staff.
  • 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
  • Keith W.
    Keith WilliamsSeptember 12, 2015
    Really enjoyed this. When your on LA for your first time you have to do all the tourist stuff
  • OnStar
    OnStarApril 19, 2011
    There are almost 200 celebrity handprints, footprints or signatures on the concrete in front of the theater. Among these are the foot (hoof?) prints of two famous Hollywood horses.
  • 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
  • Carla J.
    Carla JeanNovember 1, 2011
    I Saw The Last Samurai Playing Here!! It's An AMAZING Theatre For Opening Night Movies!! The Changing Movie Prop Displays & Hand & Foot Prints Are SO NEAT To See!!
  • Alice F.
    Alice FullerMay 12, 2010
    If you're at a movie premiere with free popcorn always chose from the top row! Popcorn on the bottom row has been out the longest so it's not the freshest! Read more
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiNovember 17, 2014
    Another must see for tourists & LA newbies. Fun tourist attraction!!
  • Alexis
    AlexisJune 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Marilyn Monroe Film Festival is great! Watch a week's worth of Marilyn classics on in the historic Chinese Theatre.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CrowellMay 18, 2012
    Go later at night and there aren't as many people and you can get pictures of the stars floor tiles
  • Travis S.
    Travis SavoNovember 16, 2014
    The ceiling is incredible in the IMAX theater.
  • Louis V.
    Louis VelazquezApril 19, 2011
    I just love coming to this place, you can always find a superhero or two, a storm trooper and even Elmo roaming around the front, you gotta love Hollywood!!!
  • 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!
  • Rae C.
    Rae CuencaApril 16, 2011
    Marilyn Monroe's cement hand & foot prints are to the left by the fountain if youre lookin straight on to the entrance of the theatre
  • Anthony W.
    Anthony WilliamsFebruary 6, 2014
    The tapas spot is on point. Great pricing and Great food!
  • 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.
  • eHow
    eHowSeptember 13, 2010
    This mega movie theater is intricately designed with gorgeous Chinese decor. Go out and see the movie you've been waiting for or stand on the sidelines of a red carpet premiere. Read more
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