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TCL Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles

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Movie Theater Historic Site
See the footprints of Marilyn Monroe at TCL Chinese Theatre, a famous landmark on Hollywood Boulevard. Opened in 1927, this movie palace inspired by Chinese architecture houses an IMAX auditorium with one of the biggest screens in North America. Check out nearly 200 handprints and footprints in the forecourt, including those of Darth Vader, C-3PO, and RD-D2, which had their Star Wars world premiere here in 1977. A 30-minute walking tour reveals details about Hollywood's golden days and the history of its iconic movie theaters. TCL Chinese Theatre is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Los Angeles Edition.
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TripAdvisor
  • Only average for movie theater, but top spot for any tourist or movie fan. Historic spot for photo and viewing. Footprints of the real movie stars. Next to shopping center and tourist memories.  more »
  • I am a local and bring visitors here all the time. I still love it and love seeing the footsteps of the old time movie stars as well as those of Johnny Depp or Matt Damon. Fun. And it goes right along...  more »
  • A good place for celebrity nostalgia. It is a nice representation of old actors memorabilia and present movie hits. Nice to appreciate the footprints and writings on the floor. Plus the walk of the st...  more »
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  • The TCL Chinese Theatre is simply one of the greatest MOST spectacular theaters with one of the biggest IMAX screens with the BEST 3D laser projections BEST picture and BEST sound of any movie theater in the world. I always try to see 1st run epic films here quickly within the first week or two of release because they turn over quickly with the next big release. You can purchase tickets online through the TCL Chinese Theatre or Fandango websites and can reserve specific favorite seats. Parking is in the Hollywood Highland parking structure underneath and there is $2 validated parking for 4 hours. Metro subway stop also at Hollywood and Highland makes it convenient.
  • A great old theater that has kept up with the times. This place has such a great character. If you're in the area definitely take some time to check it out and catch flick or a festival.
  • The most famous movie theater in the world is also the best place to see a movie. Best sound and picture of any theater in Los Angeles. We made a trip up to Los Angeles to see this historic theatre and we weren't disappointed.
  • The historic theater is definitely worth five stars and is great to visit. In terms of actually going to a movie, $16/adult is on the steeper side (I wouldn't usually pay that) and popcorn/snacks are a gouge as with any theater. Reserved, comfortable seats. And get that parking validated!
  • Great theater full of history and popular tourist spot. The hand/foot prints outside the theater are always fun to see.