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Grauman's Chinese: street views - 1955 to the present

6925 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028 | map |

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1955 - Thanks to Todd Hamilton for this February postcard photo of the theatre by William Graham taken during the run of "The Racers." And also thanks to Arnold Darrow as well for spotting it in Todd's collection.

Todd has the photo on Flickr where he gives us the copy on the back: "The famous theatre is one of the outstanding attractions in Hollywood and has been the scene of many spectacular premieres. In the Floor of Fame in the palm studded forecourt are the hand and foot prints of famous stars past and present."



1955 - A terrific shot from Don Sherman on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles of the Chinese running "Untamed" with Tyrone Power and Susan Hayward. It opened March 11.



1955 - The crowd lines up for "A Man Called Peter," an April engagement. The photo is from the Kurt Wahlner collection, appearing with his article on projection and sound at the Chinese in the section "Cinemascope at the Chinese."



1955 - Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron in "Daddy Long Legs." The world premiere was May 4. Thanks to Sean Ault for spotting the card and contributing it to this page.



1955 - 24' high cutouts of Marilyn grace the front of the Chinese for "Seven Year Itch," which opened June 17. Thanks to Richard Wojcik for the photo on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles. Also see another color shot of the signage for "Seven Year Itch" in Kurt Wahlner's section on "Cinemascope at the Chinese."



1955 - A wider look at the Chinese taken by Phillip Glendeau during the run of "Seven Year Itch." It's from Corbis, now folded into Getty Images. The film opened June 17.



1955 - A "Seven Year Itch" photo that appears in a 90th Birthday album on the TCL Chinese Facebook page.



1955 - "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" opened at the Chinese August 19. This slide is one that appeared on eBay.



1955 - A sidewalk sale view. Theatre detective Kurt Wahlner took a look at the art in the display case on the right and determined that the shot was taken during the run of "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing." Thanks to Hector Acuna  -- he had this one posted on the non-public Facebook group Mid Century Modern Los Angeles.



1955 - A shot of the theatre running "The Tall Men" with Clark Gable and Jane Russell. Thanks to The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit for the post on Vintage Los Angeles. "The Tall Men" opened September 22 for a six week run.



1955 - A look north on Orange Dr. toward the theatre. Thanks to Alison Martino for the photo on her Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles.



1956 - The Metro Library and Archive on Flickr has this look at the Chinese during the run of Frank Tashlin's "The Lieutenant Wore Skirts." It opened January 13 for a five week engagement.



1956 - The Los Angeles Public Library photo collection has this view of the premiere of "Carousel," filmed in Cinemascope 55 but shown in a 35mm print. It got an eight week run beginning February 16. 



1956 -  "Carousel" cast members Cameron Mitchell and Barbara Ruick check out a Walk of Fame mockup that had recently been unveiled. It's a photo from Kurt Wahlner's GraumansChinese.org collection. He assumes the photo was taken the day of the premiere, February 16, and notes: "This design concept was submitted to the L.A. City Council and approved, but Charles Toberman nixed it, as he didn’t like the color scheme. It was also decided not to use drawings of the honorees as it would be an unnecessary expense."



1956 - This shot during the run of "Man in the Gray Flannel Suit" was unearthed by Ken McIntyre. The film opened April 12 for a seven weeks.



1956 - A great "Flannel Suit" shot from the Richard Wojcik collection on Vintage Los Angeles.



1956 - Need another "Flannel Suit" shot? Here's the look from the east. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for the find.



1956 - "Bus Stop" played four weeks beginning August 29. Thanks to Richard Wojcik for the photo from his collection -- it was a post on Vintage Los Angeles.



1956 - We're looking at the demolition of the Hollywood Hotel with Grauman's in the distance. It's an amazing shot posted by Mark Donnell on Vintage Los Angeles.  



c. 1956 - Two charming ladies ready to hit the town. Thanks to James K. Chun for posting this one on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles. We're a block south of the Chinese -- that's the top of the pagoda in the upper right corner of the photo. 



1956 - 57 - "Anastasia" opened Christmas Day and had an 8 week run ending February 19. Thanks to Roberto41144 on Flickr for the image. And thanks also to Arnold Darrow for spotting it. It's from a Kodachrome slide that popped up at an estate sale. Note on the far right the steel going up for the new building where the Hollywood Hotel had been.



1957 - A March view from the great site Card Cow with the Chinese running "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison."  And, of course, the site has many more Chinese Theatre postcards for you to browse.



1957 - A wonderful view looking west from Tyler St. Mark on Vintage Los Angeles. "Boy On A Dolphin," an April 1957 release with Alan Ladd, Clifton Webb and Sophia Loren, is the film advertised on the south wall of the Chinese. The El Capitan, at this point called the Paramount, is in the lower left. Note the absence of a vertical sign.



1957 - Thanks to Matt Spero for this photo from his collection. The film ran four weeks beginning May 17.

Kurt Wahlner comments: "What is interesting about these shots is the fact that the metal canopy is under construction in them. There is a string of electric lights hanging over the area to guide customers at night. So now, we have a date for the metal canopy going in. So there is a progression of exterior changes which took place from 'Anastasia' through to 'Windjammer' - it all happened gradually."



1957 - A lovely shot from the Kurt Wahlner / GraumansChinese.org collection. He comments that this is one of the best night views available of the Cinemascope signage with all the neon working.



1957 - Another "Desk Set" photo from the Matt Spero collection. Thanks, Matt!



1957 - A "marvelous color" view from the Richard Wojcik collection on Vintage Los Angeles. It was taken during the run of "Island in the Sun" which opened at the Chinese in June. Check out the bottom line of neon which advises us that the presentation is in "marvelous color, Cinemascope and 'Hi-Fi'  Stereophonic sound." IMDb lists this one as a mono release, however. Perhaps they made a mag print just for the Chinese.

Note that we have an upgraded hard-top version of the canopy installed with a more elaborate presentation out at the sidewalk.



1957 - An "Island in the Sun" shot looking west. Thanks to Dave Urov on Vintage Los Angeles for the photo. And to Kurt Wahlner for some color correction.



1957 - "Island in the Sun" is still playing but they're repainting the sign for the next attraction -- Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in "An Affair To Remember," opening July 19. Thanks to Kurt Wahlner for the photo from his collection. It appears on "What's playing at the Chinese, anyway?," his survey of signage at the theatre.



1957 - There are photos of the arched Cinemascope sign going up in 1953. Lots of shots of it in action but until historian Kurt Wahlner (GraumansChinese.org) acquired this rare snapshot we had none of it coming down. On the back it's dated August 22.

Kurt notes that the new dragon marquees probably had just been up for a few days. The readerboard copy is for "An Affair To Remember" and the photo's date puts it in the final week of the run. Don't miss Kurt's lists of Every Film to Ever Play the Chinese and the great page Grauman's Chinese Marquees and Signage.



1957 - A photo published in the Valley Times on September 9 that's now in the Los Angeles Public Library collection. The Library also has another photo from the same time taken just a bit farther east.

"Famous Hollywood landmark, Grauman's Chinese Theatre today is flashing a brand new face lift - its second since the film palace opened 30 years ago. The entire facade has been revamped at a cost of $30,000 - with twin marquees installed on both sides. Also a $13,000 carpet, hand-loomed by artisans, is in the process of being installed at the theater." 



1957 - A panoramic view from Cezar Del Valle's Theatre Talks collection taken during the run of "The Sun Also Rises" which had opened August 28. Thanks, Cezar!



1957 - A postcard from the "Sun Also Rises" engagement. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for finding it.



1957 - Thanks to Roloff de Jeu on Flickr for this "My Man Godfrey" postcard. The film, with June Allyson and David Niven, opened October 17. Roloff has a great collection to browse titled "Cinema Postcards from the Americas."



1957 - A delightful view of the Chinese running "Kiss Them For Me" with Cary Grant and Jayne Mansfield which premiered November 15. It's a post from Richard Wojcik on the non-public Facebook group Mid Century Modern Los Angeles.

The photo also appears in the Classic Los Angeles Photos section of the Kingsley Collection, a terrific group of photos from the estate of Barbara Harlen. Note that exciting new construction in the center of the photo rising on the Hollywood Hotel site.



1957 -  Thanks to Howard Berk for this postcard once posted on the non-public Facebook group Mid Century Modern Los Angeles. "A Farewell to Arms" opened December 18 for a seven week run.



1957 - A fine marquee end view from John Lee on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles. He credits it to Vintage Everyday and says that a "reliable source" told him that "A Farewell to Arms" was on the marquee. John also calls our attention to the fact that we don't have the "Walk of Fame" installed yet. 



1958 - The Chinese closed for the extensive renovations necessary to show "Windjammer" in the three projector Cinemiracle process. The photo from the Richard Wojcik collection appears on Vintage Los Angeles.



1958 - Roland Lataille's In Cinerama page about the Chinese includes this postcard view of the action at the April 8 "Windjammer" premiere. The Cinemiracle process was like Cinerama except all three projectors were in the same center booth, using mirrors to bounce the left and right images.  It ran at the Chinese in the three-projector "Cinemiracle" process for 37 weeks, then moved over to what was then called the Fox [the Music Box/Fonda] for another 15 weeks in a single projector 'scope format.  Thanks, Roland!



1958 - Another postcard view from Chinese Theatre page on Roland Lataille's In Cinerama site. Here we get a daytime view of the signage for "Windjammer."



1958 - Another "Windjammer" view, this one from the Kingsley Collection, which features photos from the estate of Barbara Harlen.



1958 - A photo from Roland Lataille's In Cinerama collection taken during the run of "Windjammer."

more "Windjammer" photos: from across the street - Los Angeles Public Library | another color shot in traffic - Richard Wojcik - Vintage Los Angeles



1958 - 1959 - Thanks to Bill Gabel for this lovely view west, a post of his on Photos of Los Angeles. He also did a re-post. The artwork on the side of the Chinese is for "Auntie Mame."



1958 - 1959 - "Auntie Mame" at the Chinese. And they've decorated a bit for Christmas. The film opened December 17 and ran until April 7, 1959. Thanks to Sean Ault for finding the photo.



1959 - Thanks to Will Markland on the non-public Facebook page Mid Century Modern Los Angeles for this view looking east. The artwork we see is for "Auntie Mame." Across the street in the shadows, the Paramount has "Imitation of Life" which premiered March 20. 



1959 - A "Some Like It Hot" view once posted on the Vintage Los Angeles Facebook page by Virgina Weidler. The film opened April 8 for an 11 week run.



1959 - A postcard view shot during the run of "Some Like It Hot" from Roloff de Jeu on Flickr. It's part of his collection Cinema Postcards from the Americas.



1959 - A look at the Chinese with the corner of the El Capitan/Paramount marquee at the left. It appears on Photos of Los Angeles, a post by Ken McIntyre. Looks like the side of the Chinese is getting a new sign painted.  



1959 - A view during the run of Stanley Kramer's "On The Beach." Thanks to Michael Fusske for the photo posted on the non-public Facebook group Mid Century Modern Los Angeles. The film opened December 18 for a fourteen week run.



1960 - Thanks to Sean Ault for spotting this "Who Was That Lady?" photo. It played six weeks starting March 25.



1960 - The theatre during the run of "The Apartment," a film that opened June 22 for a five week run. It's a photo from the Kurt Wahlner collection. Visit his site GraumansChinese.org for an extensive history of the theatre.



1960 - Thanks to Kurt Wahlner for this May shot from his collection taken when "The Fugitive Kind" was playing. He has it featured on his page "What's playing at the Chinese, anyway?," a survey of the theatre's changing signage over the decades.



1960 - Ken McIntyre on Photos of Los Angeles came up with this look at the facade during the run of "Esther and the King" with Joan Collins. It opened November 23 for a three week run.



1960 - A look at the Chinese from Ken McIntyre on Photos of Los Angeles during the run of "The World of Suzie Wong" with William Holden. It opened December 15 for a thirteen week run. A version of the photo is in the Richard Wojcik collection. It also appears on the Noirish Los Angeles post #21616.



1960 - 61 - Thanks to Hector Acuna on the non-public Facebook group Mid Century Modern Los Angeles for this "Suzie Wong" shot. And thanks to Stephen Russo for spotting it.



1961 - Thanks to Sean Ault for finding this "Suzie Wong" shot. The side of the theatre is advertising "The Absent Minded Professor" which would open March 17 for an 8 week run.



1961 - Looking west at the Chinese during the run of "By Love Possessed" in a shot from Gorillas Don't Blog.  It was a five week run beginning June 14. Note that here the Walk of the Stars is not in its current location. The parking lot was later the site of the Mann Chinese 2 & 3. The photo has also been seen on Vintage Los Angeles where it garnered many comments.



1961 - A lovely "Breakfast at Tiffany's" view from the TCL Chinese Theatre collection that appeared on "Chinese Theatre at 90: Landmark Look Back," a story on the NBC Los Angeles website. The film played eight weeks beginning October 17.

also from 1961:  "Young Doctors" - Vintage Los Angeles | "Young Doctors" - same on Photos of L.A. | "Goodbye Again" - looking west - Mid Century Modern | "Absent Minded Professor" - Photos of Los Angeles | "Absent Minded Professor" - same also on L.A. Now and Then



1962 - An April look at the Chinese during the run of "West Side Story" -- in 70mm and 6 channel stereo, of course. It's on the Mid Century Modern Los Angeles Facebook page from the collection of Richard Wojcik. The film had opened December 13, 1961 and had a 57 week run.



1962 - Another view of "West Side Story" at the Chinese. It's on Photos of Los Angeles as a contribution of Bill Gabel. By this time it's picked up a few Academy Awards.



early 60s - A fine view from above thanks to Ken McIntyre on Photos of Los Angeles.



1963 - The east wall advertising Judy in "I Could Go On Singing," a film that opened April 10 for a three week run. It's a photo from the TCL Chinese Theatre collection that appeared on "Chinese Theatre at 90: Landmark Look Back," a story on the NBC Los Angeles website.



1963 - A view from Bruce Kimmel's collection on Photos of Los Angeles. We're looking down on the Chinese (with, as Bruce notes, lots of space around it) during the run of Billy Wilder's "Irma la Douce" with Shirley MacLaine.  The film opened July 3 and played sixteen weeks.



1963 - A street level shot from Bruce Kimmel's collection on Photos of Los Angeles that was taken during the run of "Irma la Douce."



1963 - A lovely "Irma la Douce" view from the Richard Wojcik collection. It's one from his Facebook page. Thanks, Richard!

also from 1963: "Hud" snapshot - New York Public Library



1964 - Thanks to Ken Mcintyre on Photos of Los Angeles for this "7 Days in May" postcard. The film opened March 4 for a thirteen week run.



1964 - Thanks to Alison Martino on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles for this view of the August premiere of "Mary Poppins." There's some "Mary Poppins" premiere footage on YouTube.



1964 - Thanks to Disney historian Bill Cotter for this "Mary Poppins" photo that he recently restored. And thanks to Stephen Russo for sending it along.


 
1964 - A view taken during the run of "Mary Poppins" appearing on Vintage Los Angeles. Thanks to Richard Wojcik for the photo from his collection.



1964 - A Dick Whittington Studio view from the USC Digital Library collection taken during the run of "Mary Poppins." Also see a photo of a crowd lined up for the film on Photos of Los Angeles.  The crowd shot also appears on "Chinese Theatre at 90: Landmark Look Back," a 2017 story on the NBC Los Angeles website.



1964 - 1965 - "Goldfinger" at the Chinese -- running from December 25 until April 13. The photo is on Norish Los Angeles -- a find by Hoss C on eBay. He has it on his Noirish post #37514.



1965 - A great view from a 2009 post on the Neat Stuff Blog titled Vintage Los Angeles. The Chinese is running "How To Murder Your Wife" with Jack Lemmon. The film opened April 14. The photo has also popped up on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles in a Hollywood album.



1965 - An "Ipcress File" view of the Chinese. Thanks to Noirish Los Angeles contributor HossC who found it on Bay and included it in his Noirish post #25165. The film opened September 22.



1965 - A view from the west during the run of "The Ipcress File." It's an Associated Press file photo that appeared with Sandy Cohen's 2017 AP article "Chinese Theatre marks 90 years as a Hollywood glamour hotspot."



1965 - A night view with "Ipcress File" playing. It's a photo once used on a National General Corporation souvenir booklet about the theatre.



1965 - Thanks to Warren Beckerman for his shot taken during the seven week run of "King Rat." The film opened November 5.



1965 - "Thunderball" opened December 21 for a 21 week run. It's a photo from the TCL Chinese Theatre collection that appeared on "Chinese Theatre at 90: Landmark Look Back," a story on the NBC Los Angeles website.



1966 - "Fantastic Voyage" ran twelve weeks beginning August 16. Thanks again to Warren Beckerman for being there to take a photo.



1967 - Here's a "Jungle Book" postcard from Roloff de Jeu on Flickr. It's part of his amazing collection "Cinema Postcards from the Americas." The card also appears on Photos of Los Angeles. Also there's a re-post.



1968 - "No Way To Treat a Lady," a photo from from page two of the Classic Los Angeles section of  the Kingsley Collection, featuring photos from the estate of Barbara Harlen.

also from 1968: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" - Los Angeles Public Library



1969 - 1970 - A postcard with "Hello, Dolly" on the marquee. Thanks to Kevin Miller for the post on the page for the non-public Facebook group Mid Century Modern Los Angeles. The 40 week reserved seat engagement opened December 19 and ran until September 24.

also from 1969:  "True Grit" - Photos of Los Angeles



1970 - Thanks to Richard Wojcik for this January view, a post on Vintage Los Angeles. Also see a  photo showing the "Hello Dolly" signage on the east side of the theatre in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.



1971 - A "Valdez Is Coming" snapshot on Vintage Los Angeles from Chris Amouroux. 



1970s - A postcard view from Bill Gabel on Photos of Los Angeles. We're looking east from the Chinese up Hollywood Blvd.



1973 - A card in Cezar Del Valle's Theatre Talks collection from the run of "Enter The Dragon." It ran eight weeks starting August 24.  Thanks, Cezar! 



1973 - A night view during the run of "Enter The Dragon' from the Kurt Wahlner collection. Thanks, Kurt!

He notes: "I recall that dragon over the canopy.  More of Warner Bros. PR guy Marty Weisner’s genius. I think it was sculpted out of styrofoam somehow, and then was, of course - stolen.  I do believe that this was the very first time someone had hung up a replica of the key art to go between the pillars at the Chinese, so this started that trend, and if you notice in the timeline pix, it is really only for Warner Bros. films that it was done initially - 'Main Event,' 'A Star Is Born,' 'Superman, the Movie' and so on."

See Kurt's pages for Every Film to Ever Play the Chinese, indexed both by year and title.



1973 - Thanks to Phillip Anthony Aguirre on Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles for this closer view of the dragon atop the boxoffice. See the Forecourt page for several more views taken during the run of "Enter The Dragon."



1973 - A "Magnum Force" postcard from the collection of Roloff de Jeu on Flickr. The back of the card reads: "Santa Claus Lane Parade. Passing in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the famous parade marches down Hollywood Blvd. with the Stars of Hollywood."  Over on the far right notice the vertical for the El Capitan -- at this time saying "Loew's." The film ran six weeks beginning Christmas Day.



1974 - From Kurt Wahlner's collection comes this great image of an iconic Los Angeles film, "Chinatown," playing the Chinese in June. It's also on Vintage Los Angeles as a post by Richard Wojcik.



1974 - A look at the line out front for "Earthquake" in Sensurround. The film opened November 15. Thanks to Kurt Wahlner for the photo from his collection. It appears in the Sensurround chapter of his epic tale of sound and projection systems at the Chinese.  Another version of the photo appears as a post from Bill Gabel on Photos of Los Angeles.



1974 - "Earthquake" from across the street. The photo appeared as a post on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles from Donna Bailey-Taylor who credited it to the Ava Gardner Museum.



1974 - Another shot taken during the run of "Earthquake." Thanks to Chas. Smith for posting the photo on Cinema Treasures. It's also been seen on the Classic Hollywood Facebook page.



1975 - A February "Earthquake" view on Vintage Los Angeles from the Richard Wojcik collection.



1975 - Thanks to Roloff de Jeu on Flickr for this  "Funny Lady" postcard, part of his collection "Cinema Postcards from the Americas."  The film opened March 14 for a fifteen week engagement. The card also appears on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.



1976 - A "Bad News Bears" shot accompanying a Digital Bits 40th anniversary article by Michael Coates about the film's opening.



1976-77 -  "A Star Is Born" with Barbra and Kris opened December 19, 1976 for a ten week run. Thanks to Carl Alvarez for the photo taken by his grandfather. It was a post on Vintage Los Angeles.  The first version of the film, with Janet Gaynor, played the theatre in 1937.



1977 - A nice look west during the run of "Star Wars." Thanks to Stephen Russo for the photo on the LAHTF Facebook page. Another version of the image is on Vintage Los Angeles where Alison Martino credits it to David Swift on Boing Boing.



1977 - The August 3rd "Star Wars" footprint ceremony. Note the banners up celebrating the theatre's 50th anniversary.  The photo appeared on the LAHTF Facebook page. It also appears with Michael Coate's "A Force To Be Reckoned With," his extensive 2015 article for the site The Digital Bits about the "Star Wars" engagements. It's also been seen on Vintage Los Angeles.



1977 - A fine "Star Wars" view from Alison Martino on her Vintage Los Angeles Facebook page. The photo appears courtesy of Marius Kontrimas.



1977 - A "Star Wars" shot on Photos of Los Angeles from Ray Acha. Traffic, he says!

"Star Wars" opened May 25 at the Chinese and the Avco Cinemas in Westwood. Both theatres ran it in 70mm with 6 track Dolby sound.  More "Star Wars": opening week engagements - In70mm.com | west marquee - Photos of Los Angeles | looking west - Photos of Los Angeles | looking west - larger version - Vintage Los Angeles | funk king Bootsy Collins on street - Vintage LA



1978 - "Superman the Movie" with Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman had its U.S. premiere at the Chinese on December 14 (in 70mm) and went on to a 17 week run. Thanks to Sean Ault for the photo from his collection.


 
1979 - Thanks to Tom Zimmerman for this photo of the west marquee during the run of "Hurricane." It appeared on the 2013 Indiegogo fundraising appeal by the Museum of Neon Art. The goal is to restore the sign for display at MONA in Glendale. 



1979 - A great shot from Nigel Hailwood-Cooke's collection with an angle that gives you a good idea of the size of the stagehouse.



1979 - A fine "Star Trek" view from Olaf Reinhard Weyer on Vintage Los Angeles. The film opened December 7 for an eight week run.

also from 1979:  "Prisoner of Zenda" - Vintage Los Angeles



1980 - "Free Validated Parking" It's an April photo by Steve Piotrowski on Vintage Los Angeles. He took it during the two week run of "Where the Buffalo Roam" that opened April 25.



1981 - A June "Raiders of the Lost Ark" photo by David M. Hunter appearing on page three of Kurt Wahlner's terrific "The Dream Machines," an epic history of projection and sound at the Chinese. It's in the section on Dolby Stereo. 



1981 - An L.A. Times photo taken during Filmex that appeared with "A piece of L.A. history awaits a return to its neon glamour," a September 2013 article by Nita Lelyveld about restoring the dragon signage that was removed during the 2001 renovations.  The photo also appeared with Susan King's May 2017 L.A. Times story "From Graumans to TCL: 90 years of Hollywood history on the Chinese Theatre's anniversary."

also from 1981: "Mommie Dearest" - Stephen Stanton | on the sidewalk - Vintage Los Angeles



1981 - 1982 - A look at the Chinese during the run of "Reds." It's on Vintage Los Angeles from the collection of Richard Wojcik. The film opened December 4 for a six week run. Thanks, Richard!



1982 - Thanks to Sean Ault for this shot of the theatre during the run of "One From The Heart." It opened January 14 for an 8 week run.



1982 - Thanks to Sean Ault for this view of the main house running "One From The Heart" with "Personal Best" playing on one of the Chinese Twin's screens. See the Chinese Twin page for another shot taken the same week -- as well as more photos of that theatre, aka Chinese II and III. It was demolished to make way for the Hollywood & Highland mall.



1982 - 1983 - A postcard shot during the run of "Tootsie" in the great collection of Roloff de Jeu on Flickr. "Tootsie" opened December 25 for a twelve week run.



1983 - A photo from the from the run of "Superman III," running four weeks beginning June 17. Darren Paul-Vance posted it on Vintage Los Angeles.



1983 - A shot of the theatre from the Cezar Del Valle Theatre Talks collection taken during the run of "Staying Alive" It got a twelve week run beginning July 15. Also see another "Staying Alive" photo on Vintage Los Angeles from Michael Toro.



1984 - Thanks to Roloff de Jeu on Flickr for this "Breakin'" postcard. The film ran three weeks beginning May 4. The back of the card reads: "Chinese Theatre, Hollywood California. A fabulous structure representing an oriental pagoda internationally famous for its brilliant Hollywood premieres. This theatre attracts thousands of tourists daily."



1984 - A November look at fans massing for Michael Jackson's star to be placed on the sidewalk. It's a find of Ken McIntyre's on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles. The photo also appears on Vintage Los Angeles.

also from 1984: "Purple Rain" - Gary Leonard - Los Angeles Public Library | "Oh, God" / Michael Jackson color view - Vintage Los Angeles



c.1984 - A lovely overhead shot on Vintage Los Angeles. On the lower right we're looking down onto the stagehouse and its smoke vents. To the left of the main theatre is the Chinese Twin. It's a Richard Wojcik collection photo.

Thanks, Richard! He notes: "A bus is parked at the lower left on Orchid Ave. close to where it meets Hollywood Blvd -- that section of Orchid Ave. was built over with the construction of the Dolby Theater/Hollywood Highland Center in 2001."



1980s - A look across from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel toward the Chinese and the Holiday Inn. Alison Martino added the photo to the Vintage Los Angeles page on Facebook. The Holiday Inn keeps going more upscale -- it was later the Renaissance and has now morphed into a Loew's.



1986 - Thanks to Sean Ault for this "Crocodile Dundee" shot. The film opened September 26 for a six week run.

also from 1986: "Cobra" postcard - New York Public Library



1987 - The Michael Ritchie film "The Golden Child" with Eddie Murphy and Charlotte Lewis opened December 12, 1986 for a five week run. Thanks to John A. Mozzer for his photo in an album of Hollywood vacation shots he took that's on Jamworks/Snugmug.



1987 - An entrance detail taken in January by John A. Mozzer. Thanks, John!



1987 - A James Ruebsamen photo in the Los Angeles Public Library collection taken in January for the Herald Examiner. It was published with the comment "I could never quite figure out all the fuss about the then-Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Why would this Sid guy want to build a theater that looked like China, then allow everyone to write and step in the cement in front?" Thanks to Eitan Alexander for spotting the "Critical Condition" photo in the LAPL collection. The film opened January 16 for a three week run.



1989 - A "Batman" photo from the theatre's collection. It appears in a 90th Birthday album on the TCL Chinese Facebook page.  The film ran two weeks beginning June 23.

also from 1989: "Her Alibi" - Photos of Los Angeles


 
1991 - Thanks to Cezar Del Valle for this "Body Parts" postcard from his Theatre Talks collection.



1992 - The Chinese during the run of "Memoirs of an Invisible Man." It opened February 28 and ran two weeks. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for the post on Photos of Los Angeles on Facebook.



1992 - A June snapshot in the Cezar Del Valle Theatre Talks collection. "Lethal Weapon III" opened May 15 and ran five weeks.



1992 - The theatre's east wall when the area in the foreground was still a parking lot. Thanks to Eric Evans for posting his photo on Cinema Treasures. On the left that's the Mann Chinese Twin.



1993 - A look of the theatre during the exciting run of "Dead Again." It's on Photos of Los Angeles as a post of the indefatigable Ken McIntyre.

1994: "Major League II" - Vintage Los Angeles



1997 - "Titanic" ran eleven weeks beginning December 19.  It's a photo from the TCL Chinese Theatre collection that appeared on "Chinese Theatre at 90: Landmark Look Back," a story on the NBC Los Angeles website.



1999 - An "Eyes Wide Shut" view by Gerald D. Tang. Thanks to Kurt Wahlner for sending it along for this page.



2001 - Thanks to Eric Lynxwiler on Flickr for this photo of one of the dragon marquees during the run of "Original Sin." They would soon be removed as part of the 2001 restoration project. Also see his dragon detail and a look at the west end of the marquee.



c.2001 - The stripped down east dragon signage that was removed in the 2001 renovations. The photo by Larry Lytle appeared on the 2013 Indiegogo fundraising appeal by the Museum of Neon Art. The goal is to restore the sign for display at MONA in Glendale.

Eric's photo also appears on the signage page of Kurt Wahlner's extensive Chinese Theatre website.  Also see a 2013 photo by Michelle Gerdes on Facebook of the dragon and the lettering after removal from the theatre.



2002 - The Chinese during the run of "Harry Potter - Chamber of Secrets." Thanks to Don Solosan for his photo, taken for the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation.

The LAHTF works to preserve historic theatres in the L.A. area by supporting events, offering tours and promoting awareness of the architectural merit of these treasures. www.lahtf.org | on Facebook |



2003 - Thanks to Bill Heulbig for this great view, a contribution to the Cinema Treasures page on the theatre.



2006 - A view of the west wall mural from Christophe Dune on Flickr. The murals are now largely peeled and gone -- and what's left is difficult to view as there's been a building added alongside the theatre in space that was a parking lot. In 1927 when the theatre opened it was a vegetable garden next door.



2007 - The current boxoffice just east of the theatre serving both the original theatre and the Chinese 6. It was added in 2001 as part of the Hollywood and Highland mall construction. Photo: Bill Counter



2009 - A view of the west vertical sign. The two were installed in 2001. That brown stuff on the left is the building housing Madame Tussaud's and other exciting tourist-based tenants. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF



2009 - The east vertical. "District 9" was the film at the time. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF



2009 - A magical view of the world's most photographed movie theatre. Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF. Thanks for all these great photos, Don!



2010 - The Chinese during the run of "Repo Men." Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF



2010 - The theatre at sunset during the run of "Repo Men." Photo: Don Solosan - LAHTF



 2012 - A view during the run of "Red Tails." Photo: Bill Counter



2012 - The after dark look during the three week "Red Tails" run that began January 20. Photo: Bill Counter



2012 - The Chinese during the April TCM Classic Film Festival. It's a photo from contributor Laurel Canyon Rider that he posted on the Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page.



2013 - Thanks to Ken McIntyre on Photos of Los Angeles for catching the new TCL Chinese logo pattern displayed on the theatre's readerboards after the theatre had done a naming-rights deal.



2014 - A look at the new 25' high readerboards above the boxoffice east of the theatre. It's a Stephen Russo photo originally appearing on the LAHTF Facebook page. Left to right it's David Keighley - Imax Corporation, Alwyn Hight Kushner - TCL Chinese Theatres CEO, and Councilman Tom Labonge. 



2015 - Thanks to David Israel for this great look up the boulevard. He added it as a comment to Brandon Tyler Williams' post of a 2017 photo on Photos of Los Angeles. 



2015 - The big truck at the Chinese in March for the middle-of-the-night unloading of the Imax laser projection equipment. It's a photo by Escott O. Norton on the official LAHTF Facebook page, part of a set of 39 images of the amazing installation project.



2015 - Unloading the laser projection gear. It's from the set by Escott O. Norton on the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation Facebook page. Thanks, Escott!  Visit www.lahtf.org for more information about the organization.



2017 - Thanks to Rudy Serrano for this February photo on Photos of Los Angeles. He says: "Note to self; when you get up at 4AM to try and get some shots of a tourist attraction without people all over it, make sure Hollywood isn't having some event that causes them to put up barricades obscuring the all important sidewalk."



2017 - Thanks to Brandon Tyler Williams for this great shot on Photos of Los Angeles. We're looking west toward the theatre.



2017 - A view down on the theatre from the Roosevelt Hotel. Thanks to Shawn Dudley for the photo, originally appearing on the LAHTF Facebook page.

Looking for more information about a particular engagement?  See Kurt Wahlner's pages for Every Film to Ever Play the Chinese, indexed both by year and title.

The Grauman's Chinese pages: 
| Chinese overview | street views 1926 to 1954 | back to top - street views 1955 to present | forecourt | lobby | lounges | vintage auditorium views | recent auditorium views | upstairs boxes and offices | booth | stage | basement | attic | Chinese Twin | Chinese 6 |

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