TCL Chinese Theatres, Los Angeles

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See the footprints of Marilyn Monroe at TCL Chinese Theatres, 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. Plan your TCL Chinese Theatres visit and explore what else you can see and do in Los Angeles using our Los Angeles online road trip planner .
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  • Built in 1926?and a Hollywood landmark ever since. Everyone still knows it as Grauman's Chinese Theater, it's original name. This is where stars but their handprints n concrete. An absolute must for m...  more »
  • Enjoyed this and seeing all the hand and footprints Can take as much or little time as you want We saw them doing the setup for the premier of Halloween. Hard to get close but fun to see the buzz  more »
  • Had a great time shopping and strolling here some great buy at the souvenir shops and f21 is there too. Can watch movie here too quite a safe place to hang out . There is also a supermarket and restau...  more »
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  • Coming back to this Boulevard after 15 years has brought me back the memories. I used to live in Los Angeles in the 80s and here was my free times to come and hang out with friends. It was Now busier than before, streets were now full of tourists from around the World to come here for witnessing the life of Hollywood. The shops still open and welcome the new customers who would spend the money on foods and other memorable things. Good to be back here sometime to visit this place.
  • Best movie theater in California if not the country. There's tremendous history in this house 😎 a must see experience for theater fans. Massive screen to match the cavernous interior. Sound system is superior. Make sure you book a movie in the main theater; there are several little theaters adjacent that are nondescript.
  • Very crowded basically all the time! Always have a lot of tourists. It’s definitely something to see if you go to LA. The TCL theatre looks significantly more extravagant than other movie theatres. And it’s nice structure is great for a photo. It’s a better view from across the street.
  • It truly is a wonderful place to visit. You'll get to see imprinted hands and shoes from famous movie stars from them and now on a slab of concrete. Marilyn Monroe actually left her earring in the concrete until months later one day someone tried stealing it and was able to take a piece of the earring. You can still see what I think is the diamond still in the slab of concrete. You can also watch a movie in the theatre that once held the award ceremonies for celebrities. The seats recline all the way back. Super comfy! Go visit this place! You won't be disappointed! Oh and I recommend you take the theatre tour too!!!
  • This was my favorite part of walking the strip in Hollywood. My kids loved the lights and glamour, I personally loved seeing the old and original Hollywood names. The men and woman I grew up watching with my dad and it was just great to see them. My wish is that some maintenance would nice to restore some of this iconic signatures.
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