TCL Chinese Theatres
TCL Chinese Theatres
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Walk in the steps of the Tinseltown's stars: visit the theater's famous forecourt and gaze down at the stars' footprints, handprints and autographs immortalized in cement.
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Neighborhood: Hollywood
Hollywood undoubtedly conjures up images of movie stars and high-end lifestyles, and to this day, tourists flock here from around the world to see the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre and to catch a glimpse of the famed Hollywood sign up close. Celebrity impersonators and crowds give these areas the feeling of an amusement park while many clubs and hotels fill up around the weekends for late-night partying - the Hollywood club scene is a haven for thumping music and table-side bottle service. But parties aren’t the only way to enjoy this area, many visitors come to the neighborhood to sit back with a picnic to watch a performance at the Hollywood Bowl and those looking to stay fit trek along nature trails in the Hollywood hills and in Griffith Park.
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  • Hollywood/Vine • 2 min walk
  • Hollywood/Highland • 2 min walk
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  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia3,582 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hollywood history
    This really Is Hollywood history with so many stars hand and foot prints from the past and present. The theatre is beautiful and is definitely worth a visit to see up close. As it is on the Walk of Fame it is full of tourists but if you get there early enough you can avoid the large crowds. To walk around the outside is free and it is amazing the calibre of stars there are.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Jim F
    Greensburg, Pennsylvania194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An integral part of entertainment history
    Our tour of the theater was exceptional. Our guide was so knowledgable of the history of this theater as well as the many, many premiers of films, the stars, directors and entertainment personnel who were a part of the history of this theater. This theater steeps in entertainment history. The hand and foot prints of the stars at the entrance of the theater, the actual dresses and costumes worn by various stars and the beauty of the theater made for and inspiring visit. A tour of this theater is a must for anyone visiting Las Angeles. Highly recommended!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 2, 2023
  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, Iowa4,841 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go to a movie here if you have a chance!
    We watched “Napoleon” on the IMAX screen. It is a great place to watch a movie. I like the decor and the displays in the lobby. Go to a movie here if you have a chance. The seats are retro, but quite comfortable with plenty of legroom.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Banditgal
    Arlington, Massachusetts18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chinese Theater Great Tour
    My son asked to visit the Chinese Theater when we were in CA. We were outside and there was a tour guide named Michael. I asked Michael some questions when we were there and he took us on a tour of the theater. He was amazing, and he even was intrigued when my son who is 11 asked a ton of history and architectural questions about the building. He was so nice to make my son's day. I would highly recommend visiting when you are there. Such great memories.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 25, 2023
  • Cavalier1994
    Bethesda, Maryland557 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One and done must-see tourist spot!
    Fun to check this off our LA attractions list by heading to this iconic location. There is a paid ticket tour of the theater itself but most come here to see the famous movie star handprints and names adorning the forecourt of the theater. For free, which is the best part. Seeing the names of famous Hollywood stars makes you wonder how so much showbiz history happened here, from Marilyn Monroe to Tom Hanks to Arnold to 1920 silent stars to Michael Jackson. There’s even homages to the Marvel Avengers, Twilight, Harry Potter casts. Beware of street vendors or costumed guys who can be aggressive with charging for pictures. This visit takes less than 30 mins (much better attractions or the beach await you) and there is free street parking along the nearby streets.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 11, 2024
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida21,818 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Center of Hollywood
    You can't come to Hollywood without seeing the Chinese Theatre. The history of the theater to Hollywood and Hollywood position to culture in the US make this a must see. We only had a few moments, but I had to bring our group here to see it.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 21, 2024
  • Pete S
    1,737 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Viewing the Outside of the Chinese Theatre
    Out on Hollywood Boulevard early and passed the Chinese Theatre- great as so few people around good time to take photos. We called back later when it had opened and decided that the wait + numbers of people would take too long. A few extra photos of the pavement signatures and more walking- Is it worth a tour- not sure but that's for the individual. Certainly impressive from the outside.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 4, 2024
  • Rachel & Andy
    393 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get there early to avoid the crowds.
    Visited: 15/06/2023 Amazing place to see all the footprints and handprints of celebrities. You feel bad walking on them and damaging them. It was nice to see cinematic history along the floor including modern and late actors and actresses. It can get pretty busy here, so we highly recommend going first thing in the morning when there are less people about so you can see the prints and take photos if you want to.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 25, 2024
  • Ottermom
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota103 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Hollywood meets New
    Was surprised we couldn’t find some of the stars we knew had handprints here. We went in the evening while they were packing up from a premier. We walked it from one end to the other, and couldn’t find them. Wish we had time to do the inside tour during the day.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 26, 2024
  • Marcus L
    Los Angeles, California3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marilyn Monroe
    Love this Theater I'm so glad I was able to visit this place!! Please visit while on Hollywood walk of fame a bunch of Golden age actors/ actress have their names cement here. Marilyn Monroe was the one I wanted to see the most.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 29, 2024
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permia
Ireland63,337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We heard an intriguing account of the inspiration for the hand and foot impressions.

Shortly before the its 1927 opening Sid Grauman and a couple of movie stars arrived by limousine and stepped onto the cement forecourt that was still soft, leaving their shoe-prints. Thus a legendary idea was born.

It’s a gorgeous and remarkable edifice. Ornate with Chinois features throughout, it is one of Hollywood’s most famous landmarks.

It was fun picking out the stars’ impressions. Marilyn of course, but also many more from the past, and more recently.
Written January 20, 2020
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Prats1
San Ramon, CA8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Chinese theater & the walk of starts outside is essential part of the Hollywood visit. Even if people dont take the inside the theater, its the outside that is a must to visit. People of all ages will be able to identify actors, characters, singers on the walk of stars or their hand & foot prints in the theater.
Written January 22, 2020
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Yenyok
New York City, NY204 contributions
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Feb 2020
The TCL Chinese Theatre is a movie palace along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and adjacent to the Dolby Theatre. The floor in front of the theatre is filled with cement hand and foot prints of famous Hollywood actors and actresses. We had fun matching our hands and feet with the one of the artists. Marilyn Monroe feet were so small.
Written March 1, 2020
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Frank Masters
Lansdale, PA888 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I have been here a very long time ago and wanted to come back and tour the area alone. Nothing really changes except the people. Its a must see event when in the Hollywood area on tour.
There are the street actors, actors dressed in costume working for tips too. Maybe some music and maybe you'll even see Cousin Sal from Jimmy Kimmel's theater, right across the street.
Written March 6, 2020
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nickelcitygirl
Sudbury, Canada683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We didn't have time to go in to the theatre so unfortunately I can't comment on that, but we really enjoyed looking at all of the Hollywood hand and footprints in what's called The Forecourt of the Stars. Also known as Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the building has such an impressive looking exterior. A must see along Hollywood Boulevard.
Written August 18, 2020
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Kerri G
Salt Lake City, UT37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We went to see a movie here on an afternoon on a recent trip to LA before we headed to the Griffith Observatory. It was a good way to spend a little bit of time in the area. The theatre is fine, but definitely not fancy. It was fun to walk around outside afterward and see the hand and feet prints, and we got our parking validated which made parking very reasonable.
Written April 23, 2023
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC24,884 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
The only other time I visited LA, the area in front of the theater was closed off for Christopher Walker’s hands in cement ceremony. This time I was actually able to wander around, get some photos and test out my hands verses the stars. There were a few people I had never heard of, but lots I had. It was really fun and for most of my time there, I had the place basically to myself since it was before most of the tourists arrive.
Written January 7, 2023
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JayOh
Orlando, FL5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This experience was terrible. There was a man with no pitch singing Michael Jackson songs outside the theatre and it was deafeningly loud. We had people trying to give use CDs outside the theatre. Who even has a CD player anymore? They were yelling profanities at us with our child because we politely refused. It was a scan to get you to take it and then ask you for money. Illegal street vendors selling fruit cups that came from God knows where with unwashed hands. People trying to “sell” us “tours” with dirty brochures they pulled out of the trash. Homeless people with garbage bags sitting on the Walk of Fame. Shame on you California for allowing this to happen! What a tragedy!
Written April 9, 2024
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Jim F
Greensburg, PA194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Our tour of the theater was exceptional. Our guide was so knowledgable of the history of this theater as well as the many, many premiers of films, the stars, directors and entertainment personnel who were a part of the history of this theater. This theater steeps in entertainment history. The hand and foot prints of the stars at the entrance of the theater, the actual dresses and costumes worn by various stars and the beauty of the theater made for and inspiring visit. A tour of this theater is a must for anyone visiting Las Angeles. Highly recommended!
Written November 2, 2023
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Banditgal
Arlington, MA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
My son asked to visit the Chinese Theater when we were in CA. We were outside and there was a tour guide named Michael. I asked Michael some questions when we were there and he took us on a tour of the theater. He was amazing, and he even was intrigued when my son who is 11 asked a ton of history and architectural questions about the building. He was so nice to make my son's day. I would highly recommend visiting when you are there. Such great memories.
Written December 25, 2023
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