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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Neighbourhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Hollywood/Vine • 2 min walk
  • Hollywood/Highland • 2 min walk
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  • dodobuck
    Phoenix, Arizona165 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Congested but worth a visit.
    It’s very congested, you have to be careful not to run into other visitors or step on the homeless people on the sidewalks but it’s an experience you should have when in Hollywood. The history and the area in front where the stars hand and footprints are is not to be missed. Also check out the Walk of Stars.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 March 2023
  • SMZ
    28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice area to walk around in LA but congested
    It was nice to see the handprints of all the stars and actually see this theater and area in person. Nothing special about the inside theater, but a nice experience to watch a movie in the theater if you have time. Area is congested like a typical city area. You can also walk the stars along the sidewalk.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 March 2023
  • Kerri G
    Salt Lake City, Utah36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    See a movie for an easy Chinese theatre experience
    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.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Wikumj
    Bromley, United Kingdom317 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see for any movie fan
    Not sure why this doesn't have a higher average review score here - it is a must see for any movie fan going to Hollywood - and was in fact the highlight of our visit to Hollywood, outside of the studio tours. We came mainly to see the messages and signatures of stars in the pavement, which itself was interesting seeing the history of the stars and celebs. However the real highlight was the 45 minute tour of the building. I highly recommend this at it was not too expensive and they validate your car parking ticket so that covers the cost anyway. The tour allows you to go inside the building which is very beautiful and unusual from the inside with it's grand Chinese theme, and the tour guide was incredibly informative about how the theatre was built and it's history. Crazy to think that this is where most movie red carpets have been hosted over the last century right up to the present day.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 May 2023
  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia1,080 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Jim F
    Greensburg, Pennsylvania210 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 November 2023
  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, Iowa2,403 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 November 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 December 2023
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lb33wonka
Redondo Beach, CA1,391 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I’m sure if you’re visiting you’ll want to stop here but make sure it’s not the only reason you’re in the area. Try to include it with madame tussauds or something else in the area. I’m talking about the signatures on the ground not the movie theater.
Written 25 February 2024
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt489 contributions
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Jul 2023 • Friends
It is the spot known for celebrating newly released movies and stamping on the ground the names of celebrities and top movies as a commemoration symbol. It is located on the Walk of Fame.
Written 29 January 2024
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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 25 December 2023
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA2,403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
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.
Written 25 November 2023
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Jim F
Greensburg, PA210 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 2 November 2023
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Ingrid T
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
I will never use TripAdvisor again, because when I received my voucher online, it never gave me an actual time to get into the TCL Chinese theater. Also never mentioned that I'm not suppose to go at 1pm, because they will have a private audience. I got there at 12pm with my family and they didn't want to let us in at first, but thanks to that wonderful man (he's a tour guide at the Chinese theater, unfortunately forgot his name, but will post a photo of him), we were able to get a private tour, only for us. So the special thanks goes to this amazing man and not the TripAdvisor! I will never use TripAdvisor again, because it doesn't give me the information I need.
Written 12 October 2023
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Diane H
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Visiting for the second time I was impressed by the guide Lacey’s knowledge about the theater. She was nice and helpful.
Written 7 October 2023
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Andrea P
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
First of all, this gem of a treasure needs some serious care. The building is being used as a cash cow and as it falls into more disrepair as time goes by, it's a travesty and should be taken over by the National Trust. The forecourt is swept daily, but little care is given to the legendary signatures and prints themselves. Ugly steel moveable fences are set up as a "promenade". The forecourt fountain has yet to be restored, nor is the wonderful dragon mural and marquee cleaned from the heaps of dirt and pigeon dung that has built up over the years. Inside is almost as cringeworthy with badly-fitting plastic cases displaying iconic Hollywood fashions that are gathering dirt under hot lights that damage them. Please Hollywood, save this treasure. Go and see a film here, by all means. You won't regret it, but pay attention to loving the building too.
Written 5 October 2023
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elizabethlascheid
Los Angeles, CA4,850 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
If you are not going to the main theater that has the 70 MM screen, I would not bother. The place is crowded, not clean and filled with people taking photos of the cement with the names in it and they don't seem to care if they push or knock you over.

Now, as to the main theater. There is only one and you will know when you look up the movie you want to see. The other theaters are smaller and not comfortable.

This main theater is beautiful. It has all the old art deco that was the pride of the Chinese for decades. They have redone all the seats and there is not a bad seat in the house. Each row is lifted so you can see and the backs of the chairs go back. They are super comfortable.

The concessions are nothing to write home about. They are the same as any movie house. They are pricey and not great.

The service is super nice.

The sound is great and the picture is amazing. We saw Oppenheimer there and are so happy we did. We will be back for another great movie like this one, but as to the smaller theaters that are now part of the Chinese Theater, we will pass.

If you are a tourist, your wallet is in your front pocket. Take all the photos you want but be considerate of others. Have a great time.
Written 26 September 2023
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Debbie P
Glen Waverley, Australia269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The TCL Chinese theatre is an amazing theatre. The seats are comfortable with lots of leg room. They slightly recline which was nice.The IMAX is amazing. The theatre’s decoration is just sensational. It’s hard not to get distracted. Everywhere you look there are beautiful details. The food and drink is typical movie fare. The hot dog was good as was the popcorn. There were ample bathrooms. In the foyer there are some costumes to look at. We enjoyed the Darth Vader and storm trooper. You also need time to look at the foot and hand prints of celebs outside the theatre. Great fun.
Written 18 September 2023
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Frequently Asked Questions about TCL Chinese Theatres

TCL Chinese Theatres admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost ₹ 3,066.15, while a popular guided tour starts around ₹ 431.03 per person.

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