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Grauman's Chinese: the basement lounges


The ladies lounge is in the basement house left. Here we're in the room at the bottom of the stairs looking into the lounge. No, the Chinese hasn't gone unisex. The group is inspecting the facilities during the 2012 Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation tour of the building. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012
 


Thanks to Elizabeth Daniels for this lounge view, part of her fine 33 photo portfolio appearing on Curbed L.A. in April 2013 with Adrian Glick Kudler's story: "Touring the Chinese Before it Closes For a Renovation."  Here we're looking back out to the vestibule at the bottom of the stairs.

 

An Elizabeth Daniels lounge photo from her album with the 2013 Curbed L.A. story "Touring the Chinese Before it Closes For a Renovation."

 

In the ladies lounge -- with a view into the red-tiled toilet area. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A 2009 ladies lounge view on the TCL Chinese Theatre page of Cinema Treasures from contributor Bobc007.



From the ladies toilet room looking back out into the lounge. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



The ladies toilet room at the Chinese -- no longer a vintage look in this part of the theatre. Photo: Bill Counter - 2012



A 1981 view by Stephen Stanton of the ladies lounge area -- before the toilet area upgrades of 2001. It's one of many photos he took in 1981 while working at the theatre that appear on the Grauman's Chinese Theatre pages of his website. Thanks, Stephen!



The men's lounge is in the basement house right. Here we're in the east lobby alcove looking toward the house right wall of the theatre. The stairs down are essentially at the head of the house right aisle. Here in the photo we see a bit of the doorway on the far right. It's an Elizabeth Daniels from her album with the 2013 Curbed L.A. story "Touring the Chinese Before it Closes For a Renovation."



A closer look at the top of the stairs. Thanks to Elizabeth Daniels for the photo, one of 33 great views with the 2013 Curbed L.A. story "Touring the Chinese Before it Closes For a Renovation."



The door straight ahead gets you up to the booth and private boxes as well as into the original boxoffice, now a Starline Tours kiosk. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



At the bottom of the stairs to the men's lounge. The dragon in the new carpet matches the pattern elsewhere in the theatre, such as in front of the curtain. Photo: Bill Counter - 2013



Thanks to Cristopher Crouch of Cinelog fame for this photo. He refers to this as "what may be the most famous cinema restroom in existence."



Mr. Crouch has filled in a major gap in our Chinese Theatre documentation by including these two photos in his 2011 Cinelog post "A Completist View."  Mr. Crouch has also posted several more men's lounge views on Cinema Treasures including a view of the stairs down and another bottom of the stairs photo.

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