May 1st: Closing for Renovations
The renovations will not affect any of the historic architecture. We have been working closely with the Historic Resources Group every step of the way to ensure that we do not alter anything that is historically significant. We have also shared our plans with Hollywood Heritage, Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, and LA Conservancy and have their support for this project.
Sid Grauman was known as the world’s best showman. He set the trends for movie theatres around the world. In order to preserve the legacy of Sid Grauman and the iconic nature of the theatre, the facility and its use should be maintained as a viable presentation house for motion pictures, not a club or museum. Without new technology, the building becomes irrelevant to the movie industry and most movie-goers, a relic of the past without a use. Economic viability depends on movie presentations in addition to preservation of historic character. Sid Grauman’s vision for this theatre was for it to be the best palace in the world, with a superior movie-going experience. We are honoring Sid Grauman’s legacy by putting in an IMAX and thus ensuring that this historic landmark remains a leader in exhibition for years to come. We believe that it is imperative to maintain the integrity of the building and to preserve its character-defining features.
Hard Hat Tours
As renovations get underway at the TCL Chinese Theatre, we are excited to announce our new TCL Chinese Theatre Hard Hat Tours.
This newly updated version of our popular VIP Walking tour, gives movie fans from all around the world who visit Hollywood the perfect opportunity to get an exciting look behind the Golden doors of the most famous movie palace in the world.
It is a fun and informative look at the unique history of Sid Grauman’s famed movie palace of the stars, and explores its rich star studded past as well as the exciting future that lies ahead.
See TCL Chinese Theatre memorabilia, including the Shoes worn by some of your favorite stars such as Robert DeNiro, Kristen Stewart, and Jennifer Aniston when they placed their feet into cement, and much more!
No visit to Hollywood is complete without seeing the World Famous TCL Chinese Theatre, and what better way to see it than on our exclusive TCL Chinese Theatre Hard Hat Tour.
Purchase tickets —-> Here
May 22nd: The Hangover III
Purchase tickets for the 10pm showing —-> here
Dance With Films Film Festival
Since 1998 Dances With Films has grown from presenting a handful of films to nearly a hundred each year…from only narrative features and shorts to include the top documentaries and music videos on the circuit today. In 2007 DWF brought new commitment to the indie world with the advent of the 2 Minute, 2 Step Short Film Challenge where we actually shoot 8 films during the festival and present them to enthusiastic audiences.
A dramatic change for year 16…
2013 marks an expansion for DWF as Year 16 will be presented over 11 days and culminating in the closing awards ceremony. Dances With Films has become known as a discovery festival as unique as its mission. Some have referred to it as a “summer camp” for filmmakers because of its friendly spirit and continual efforts to help filmmakers forge relationships that will last long after the glimmer of the fest is over.
Dances With Films has been held each year in the heart of Los Angeles. Year 15 brought a dramatic change of venue (due to the closing of the Laemmle Sunset 5) to the Chinese Theatres in the heart of Hollywood, arguably the most famous theatre in the world. DWF is one of the highest attended film fests in Southern California with more than 10,000 attendees each year. Additionally the festival is regularly tracked by industry in Los Angeles with deals made each year.
At the core of DWF is the narrative competition section, comprising both features and shorts. Our normal schedule has contained 12 competition features and more than 3 dozen competition shorts. Additionally we present around a half dozen of the most groundbreaking documentaries and about a dozen cutting-edge music videos from the indie scene. All of this on top of our Fusion series, which brings together a multitude of amazing additional, features and shorts. These numbers will increase for year 16 as the festival expands over 11 days.
Purchase tickets —-> Here