“Grauman's Chinese Theater”
Originally named and still commonly known as Grauman's Chinese Theatre, it was renamed Mann's Chinese Theatre in 1973; the name lasted until 2001, after which it reverted to its original name “TO VISIT LOS ANGELES AND NOT SEE THE CHINESE THEATRE IS LIKE VISITING CHINA AND NOT SEEING THE GREAT WALL.” GRAUMAN’ S OPULENT, AWE-INSPIRING PRESENCE AND HISTORY HAS BEEN A CORNERSTONE OF HOLLYWOOD FOR OVER 75 YEARS. The grand opening of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on May 18, 1927, was the most spectacular theatre opening in motion picture history. Thousands of people lined Hollywood Boulevard and a riot broke out as fans tried to catch a glimpse of the movie stars and other celebrities as they arrived for the opening. The film being premiered that night was Cecil B. DeMille’s “The King of Kings,” which was preceded by “Glories of the Scriptures,” a live prologue devised by master showman Sid Grauman. A Wurlitzer organ and 65-piece orchestra provided music for the prologue. The theatre opened to the public the following day, May 19, 1927. On January 11, 2013, the world famous Chinese Theatre announced that they would be teaming up with one of China’s biggest electronics manufacturers, TCL, aka “The Creative Life,” in a 10-year naming rights partnership. This partnership has brought many exciting upgrades and preservation projects to the Chinese Theatre. The TCL Chinese Theatre is the most iconic movie palace in the world. With over 50 events a year, including movie premieres, imprint ceremonies, and film festivals, the theatre continues to make Hollywood history every day.
The Chinese Theater makes for a nice photo op. It's one of Hollywood's most famous landmarks. The coolest part are the hand and footprints of old school Hollywood celebrities.
Hollywood Blvd in general and especially the Chinese Theater are very crowded and attract a very shady element. The outside of the Theater takes 10 minutes to see, the creeps dressed as spider-man and the guys trying to sell you their CDs take a half hour to ward off!
Yes it is crowded but it is AWSOME! Do the $10 tour.. It is worth it!!! Absolutely best 10 bucks we spent! Or you can actually go in and watch a movie! This is a real wow theater. Crazy history and a must see in Hollywood !
This is such an iconic L.A. location, it's great to get a photo in front of it. But, as mentioned, it's very crowded. Also, fun fact, The Oriental theater in the game Grand Theft Auto V was modeled on Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (now called TCL Chinese Theatre).
The old school Hollywood history here is very cool. It is incredibly crowded and difficult to see all of the handprints, autographs, etc. Be prepared to be patient! My kids enjoyed comparing their hands and feet to those of the stars who left their prints. We were a little sad when we saw Robin Williams' impressions and his inscription "Carpe Diem." They enjoyed seeing the blocks with the Hunger Games and Harry Potter stars. Super fun and super crowded. We left sooner than we wanted to because of a group being a little over-zealous with their megaphones. Another cool place checked off of our bucket list.
Go see a movie here!
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TCL Chinese Theatre
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