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70mm Equipped Theatre Pictures

Grauman's Chinese / Chinese / Chinese Complex

 

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Grauman's Chinese under construction (c. 1927)  The classic movie palace opened on May 18, 1927

[1]

The Chinese auditorium (date unknown)

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The ornate Chinese auditorium (1927)

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Engagement for "Hell's Angels" (1930)

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Grauman's Chinese in 1939

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One of many premieres held at the Chinese (c. 1940s)

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CinemaScope West Coast premiere of "The Robe" (1953)

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Another early CinemaScope engagement at the Chinese in 1953

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The highly touted CinemaScope 55 film, "Carousel" (1956), played in 35mm

[1]

Cinemiracle was installed at the theatre in 1958 for an engagement of "Windjammer"

[1]

Charlton Heston's prints (1962) Even though the ceremony took place during the roadshow engagement of "El Cid," the film actually played at the Carthay Circle Theatre

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"Mary Poppins" engagement in 1964 (35mm stereo)

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"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968)

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"Hello, Dolly!" (1969)

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Chinese entrance (date unknown)

[2]

Actor Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, is enshrined in the courtyard of the Chinese in 1977 "Star Wars" producer, Gary Kurtz (right), helps the ambassador of human/cyborg relations

[2]

R2-D2 rolls into position for his prints

[2]

Darth Vader

 [1]

Crowd lines up for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979)

[2]

The Lords Of Cinematic Blockbusters, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, planted their prints in 1984 to coincide with the release of "Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom"

[1]

A three-man crowd lines up for the "Cobra-Thon," an all-night, round-the-clock screening of Sylvester Stallone's "Cobra" (1986)

[4]

Booklet cover for "An Experience In Sound THX" demonstration and screening of "Return Of The Jedi" on December 3, 1987 [see booklet]

 

[2]

The crew of the Starship Enterprise gathered in 1991 for their prints in the courtyard (left-to-right) Walter Koenig, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, DeForest Kelley and James Doohan

[3]

Theatre at dusk (2003)

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Looking down Hollywood Blvd. (2003)

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The entrance to the Chinese (2005)

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Tower detail

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More tower detail

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One of the Chinese masks that adorn the pillars to the entrance

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One of two Chinese lions that guard the theatre

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Door detail from courtyard into theatre lobby

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Raoul Walsh directed the 70mm epic, "The Big Trail" (1930), starring a young John Wayne The film opened here on October 2, 1930 in the Fox Granduer process

 


[1] Los Angeles Public Library
[2] "Hollywood At Your Feet," Stacey Endres & Robert Cushman, Pomegranate Press, Ltd., 1992
[3] William Kallay
[4] Lucasfilm, Ltd./ Dolby Laboratories, Inc. / Mann Theatres

 


 

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