The brainchild of celebrated Hollywood showman Sid Grauman, the Chinese Theatre opened for business in May of 1927 with the world premiere of director Cecil B. DeMille’s silent epic, The King of Kings. In the decades since, the Chinese Theatre has played host to some of the biggest movie premieres in Hollywood history, including King Kong (1933), The Wizard of Oz (1939), and Star Wars (1977). It’s also the only place in the world where you can see the concrete foot and handprints of just about every icon to ever grace the silver screen, from John Wayne to Marilyn Monroe. No wonder it’s such a hotbed for tourism! Today the Chinese Theatre still operates as a first run movie theatre, while still attracting large throngs of fans on any given day of the week. What else do you need to know about it? How about lots! So let LA.com be your guide.
Where is the Chinese Theatre located?
The Chinese Theatre is located right next to the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. Its official address is 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, 90028.
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How do I purchase tickets?
You can purchase tickets online by visiting the theatre’s website at www.chinesetheatres.com/tickets-showtimes.html. You can also purchase tickets at the box office, located directly in front of the theatre, on the day of the event.
How do I get there by public transportation?
Since it’s located in the heart of Hollywood’s tourist district, getting to the Chinese Theatre is fairly simple. By train, take the Metro Red Line to the Hollywood/Highland Station, which is located right beneath the adjacent Hollywood & Highland Center.
If you’re coming by bus the Metro Local Line 156 will also take you right in front of the Chinese Theatre. You can find the exact times the buses are running by visiting www.mta.net.
How do I get there by car?
Those coming from West Hollywood or Hollywood can take Hollywood Blvd. all the way to front entrance of the theatre.
If you’re coming from the South Bay and the beach cities, take the 405 North to the 10 East. Merge on to the 110 North, and take that until you merge again on to the 101 North. Get off at the Hollywood Blvd. exit, which will take you right to the theatre.
Those traveling from Pasadena need to take the 110 South to the 101 North. Get off at the Hollywood Blvd. exit then follow it to the Chinese Theatre.
If you’re coming from the San Fernando Valley, take the 101 South and exit on Hollywood Blvd. This will lead you right to the theatre.
Those coming from Orange County should take the 5 North to the 101 North. Get off at the Hollywood Blvd. exit and follow it to the Chinese Theatre.
What’s the parking like if I drive?
There’s a huge public parking facility located right beneath the Hollywood & Highland Center and it’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The facility has two entrances. The first is located just north of Hollywood Blvd. on Highland Avenue. The second entrance is located on Orange Drive, which is just west of Highland Avenue, and a little bit north of Hollywood Boulevard. Parking will cost you a measly $2 for up to four hours. Just be sure to validate your parking stub at the Chinese Theatre, otherwise you won’t get the discount. Valet parking is also offered at the Highland Avenue entrance for an additional $6.
What’s the seating situation like?
The theatre can seat up to 2,200 audience members, and features a state of the art sound system that’s unlike anything you might expect from an 85-year-old movie palace. Those who have the luxury of attending a premiere will want to sneak a peek at the four separate opera boxes located in the balcony. It’s usually where A-listers sit when they’re invited to a premiere (but you didn’t hear that from me).
Are there any good places to eat around there?
Since it’s located next to the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Chinese theatre has several great restaurants all around it, like California Pizza Kitchen, Grill on Hollywood, and Hard Rock Café.
There are plenty of restaurant options outside of the Hollywood & Highland Center as well. In the mood for sushi? Katsuya is open until midnight and a short walk a way on Hollywood and Vine. For affordable Mexican food, and really good margaritas, than stop into Cabo Cantina. It’s located right down the street on Hollywood Boulevard. Smaller appetites will want to check out Wood & Vine. It features a tapas menu for both dinner and brunch.
Where can I learn more about Grauman’s Chinese Theatre?
Any other questions about the Chinese Theatre can be answered by visiting their website at www.chinesetheatres.com, or by calling 323-464-6266.
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