About the TCL Chinese Theatre

Originally named Grauman's Chinese Theatre after showman Sid Grauman, the theatre was designed in the exotic revival architectural style, and opened in May 1927. Distinctive features include the red Chinese pagoda exterior, with dragons featured on the the façade and copper roof, and authentic Ming Dynasty guardian lions guarding the main entrance. The theatre is famous for its concrete forecourt which features the signatures, footprints, and handprints of stars from the 1920s to the present day. It is also the location for many film premieres, including Star Wars in 1977, and has hosted three Academy Awards. Visit to discover the rich history of this famous film palace on a guided tour - choose from a variety of ticket packages including exciting extras like movie tickets and souvenir merchandise.

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About the Tour

The TCL Chinese Theatre guided walking tour begins in the historic Forecourt of the Stars. You'll be escorted into the Theatre's lobby by your guide, who will take you back in time to the golden age of Hollywood via an exhibition of famous costumes, props, artworks and the luxuriant architecture of the theatre itself. Following this you'll enter the main 932-seat theatre, home to North America's largest IMAX screen, where you'll see a short film by TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz. Your guide will take you out into the famous forecourt and share secrets and stories about some of the most iconic-cemented hand and footprints, including Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne and Shirley Temple. You'll also see Grauman’s Gallery featuring photographs from the theatre’s illustrious 80-year history.


The movie ticket included with the Premier VIP Ticket package is not valid for special engagements, premieres, film festivals, or when contractual obligations preclude the use of voucher pass, and is subject to seating availability.
The VIP Theatre Walking Tour is subject to tour availability. Tours may not be available on certain dates due to events at the theatre. Please contact the theatre to confirm availability before booking.

Redeeming your ticket

Present your ticket voucher at the TCL Chinese Theatre Tour Kiosk (6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028) in exchange for admission to the next available tour departure. Please note departure availability is subject to demand on the day.