Newly-Renovated TCL Chinese Theatre To Open With ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Run

(credit: Stephen Russo/Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation)

(credit: Stephen Russo/Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation)

After a long summer of being closed for renovations, the TCL Chinese Theatre – previously known as Grauman’s — will reopen this month. The theater has been fitted with an IMAX screen and now boasts the largest-seating capacity of any other IMAX theater in the world.

The grand opening will be celebrated with a premiere screening of “The Wizard Of Oz” in IMAX and 3D on Sept. 15. “The Wizard of Oz” had its original premiere at The Chinese Theatre in 1939. Judy Garland had her prints done in the fore court the day of the premiere, the 50th hand print immortalized in cement in the famous fore court.

(credit: Stephen Russo/Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation)

(credit: Stephen Russo/Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation)

I got a sneak peak at the theater and they have done a beautiful job of protecting its history while keeping it relevant for today’s theatrical trends.

The theater will be open to the public beginning Sept. 20. This new phase of the Chinese Theatre will begin with a week-long run of “The Wizard Of Oz” in IMAX and 3D. Tickets are now available and range between $16.50 and $19.

Parking can be challenging and expensive. In my experience, the best bet is The Hollywood and Highland complex where you may park for four hours for $2 with TCL Chinese Theatre validation.

TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028
(323) 464-8111
www.tclchinesetheatres.com

(credit: Bob Freeman/TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX)

(credit: Bob Freeman/TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX)

Elise Crane Derby writes about entertainment at her Blog Elise’s Ramblings. You can read more about her thought on TCL Chinese Theatre.

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