One of the most popular spots in Hollywood, TCL Chinese Theatre is best known for the hand and footprints in its forecourt. No matter how much tourists or locals claim that they’re not star-struck, within a few minutes of arriving at this historic landmark they’re placing hands and feet in the cement prints or taking photos.
The Chinese Theatre is one of the most beautifully preserved of the movie palaces from Hollywood’s golden era. The theatre opened on May 18, 1927, with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s “The King of Kings” and 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 glamorous movie stars and other celebrities arriving for the opening. Since this first ceremony in 1927, when Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks placed hands and feet in wet cement, over 200 celebrity prints have accumulated in the Chinese Theatre forecourt. Theatre creator Sid Grauman (the “Sid” to whom you see many inscriptions written) stayed on as the Managing Director of TCL Chinese Theatre until he died in 1950. Tours of the theatre are offered seven days a week and it’s just as easy and fun to buy a ticket and see the film currently playing. Today, The Chinese Theatre is sill the preferred theatre in Hollywood for studio premieres and fans still flock to these events to see the celebrities arrive and walk up the red carpet.
Chinese 6 Theatres
Come and experience the new state-of-the-art Chinese 6 Theatres, featuring the VIP Lounge with reserved balcony seating and private concession service. Located adjacent to the world-famous Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres boast the most advanced technological achievements in film and sound presentation, including the Academy Award®-winning JBL sound system and Digital THX® sound. Let the Chinese 6 Theatres show you Hollywood the way it should be seen…in style.
CHINESE THEATRE TOUR
Be a star!!! Experience the famous Chinese Theatre as if you were a movie star. The only tour in Hollywood that takes you backstage to TCL Chinese Theatre. On your walk to fame you will be guided through the Chinese 6 theatres, featuring the VIP Lounge. Learn the history that is unique to TCL Chinese Theatre dating back to 1927, along with fun facts about the famous Chinese Theatre forecourt.
Tours are offered seven days a week. Please call in advance for tour times and prices.
For more information call: (323) 461-3331