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Chinese Twin

6915 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Opened: 1979 just east of Grauman's Chinese, which at the time was called Mann's Chinese. Both theatres in the Chinese Twin (also referred to as the Chinese 2 & 3) were equipped for 70mm presentations. Thanks to Sean Ault for this February 1982 shot of the main house running "One From The Heart" and "Personal Best" on one of the Twin's screens.

Seating: 1,500 total

The Chinese Twin in the Movies:


We get lots of low altitude shots on the boulevard including this view looking west toward the Chinese Twin in David Winters' "Thrashin'" (Fries Entertainment, 1986). It's about two skateboard gangs battling for supremacy. The film features Josh Brolin, Robert Rusler and Pamela Gidley. Thanks to Eitan Alexander for the screenshot. See the Theatres In Movies post for a shot in front of the Chinese and views of the El Capitan and the Hollywood theatres. 

Status: Demolished in 1999 for construction of the Hollywood and Highland complex, which contains the Chinese 6 and the Dolby Theatre.



The Chinese Twin snack bar in 1981. Thanks to actor Stephen Stanton for the use of his photos. He was a manager at the theatre in the early 80s -- check out his Sid Grauman's Chinese Theatre page for many more shots he took while working at the theatre.



The Chinese style pay phones in the lobby of  the Twin. Thanks to Matthew Jones for the 1994 photo on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles.



The entrance to auditorium 3. Photo: Stephen Stanton - 1981 



A look toward the screen. Photo: Stephen Stanton - 1981 



A sidewall view. Drapes all around. Photo: Stephen Stanton - 1981 



Toward  the booth. Photo: Stephen Stanton - 1981. Head to his three 1981 photo pages for many more views. Thanks, Stephen!



Thanks to Scott Neff for his photo on the Cinema Tour Chinese Theatre page of the lobby of the Twin prior to demolition. Also see another lobby view.



Thanks to the amazing Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection for this image looking west in 1978 as the framing rises for the Chinese Twin.
 


A Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection view of the theatre during construction taken from across the street.



 A Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection photo of the new theatres getting ready to open with the premiere of "Old Boyfriends."

This amazing archive has many 1978-79 construction photos. A few more to browse: construction from the rear | another opening day viewmore Twin construction views | more Grauman's Chinese Theatre photos |



An April 1980 view by Steve Piotrowski of Grauman's and, on the right, its glamorous neighbor, the Mann Chinese Twin.  Steve had the photo as a post on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles.



A 1980 photo from the Bill Gabel collection looking west toward the Chinese Twin and the main theatre beyond. It was a post on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.  Bill notes that on the trees there are yellow ribbons for the Iranian hostages.



The Mann Chinese Twin in 1981. They're running "Looker" on one screen with "Fox & the Hound" and "Song of the South" on the other. Thanks to Stephen Stanton for use of his photo from the Sid Grauman's Chinese Theatre page of his website.



A 1981 view from what was then the Holiday Inn (now the Loew's Hollywood) looking at the back of the Chinese Twin and, on the right, Grauman's Chinese. It's a photo by Nigel Hailwood-Cook. 



A February 1982 photo from the Sean Ault collection. Thanks Sean!



A look east in 1984 with "Tightrope" in the main theatre and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" at the 2&3. Thanks to Noirish los Angeles contributor Hoss C, who put the photo in his Noirish post #17356. "Tightrope" ran in the main auditorium from August 17 through October 3.



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

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."

Pages on Grauman's Chinese: 
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