Reopening after extensive renovations this September, TCL Chinese Theatre is proud to present the first IMAX® theatre in Hollywood California.
“We believe that IMAX‘s unparalleled entertainment technology coupled with its blockbuster portfolio of films will usher in a new era of movie-going at our famed theatre.”
-Alywn Kushner, President and C.O.O. of the TCL Chinese Theatre
Honored as a Los Angeles Historical Landmark in 1968, the TCL Chinese Theatres’ current management aims to preserve the integrity and timeless cultural heritage of the theatre, and bring the cherished venue back to the glory days, when showman-founder Sid Grauman first opened the theatre in 1927, and give the storied movie palace a new lease on life and allow theatre-goers a much improved, truly world-class cinematic experience.
With the blessing of both the Los Angeles Historical Theatre Foundation and Hollywood’s Historic Resources Group, the TCL Chinese Theatre has partnered with IMAX Corporation to introduce the single largest IMAX® auditorium in the world. The new theatre seats 932 people, and hosts the third largest commercial movie screen in North America, joining an exclusive class of theatres along with the Metrodome IMAX® theatre in San Francisco and Lincoln Square IMAX® theatre in New York City.
Our theatre will be equipped with all of the elements of The IMAX Experience®, including ground-breaking, crystal-clear digital projection, cutting-edge laser-aligned sound technology and a curved screen spanning from floor to ceiling and wall to wall, providing moviegoers visiting this historic site the world’s most immersive cinematic experience.
Peyton Hall, a senior executive with Hollywood’s Historic Resources Group commented:
“Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is one of our city’s most important cultural properties, and one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Los Angeles from all over the world. Having worked on a substantial restoration of the building that was completed in 2001, we are gratified by the important new support for the site. The proposed improvements at the Chinese protect the history of the place as a building while updating Sid Grauman’s original purpose: promoting screening for everyone the best that the American movie industry has to offer.”
Our new theatre expands the screen from an already massive 70′ x 30′ to 90′ x 47.2′, a dramatic increase allowing films shot using the most advanced digital and film technologies available to be enjoyed as the filmmakers’ intended; and luxurious, subtle masking will be available for showings of films designed to be enjoyed on traditionally sized cinema screens.
We look forward to sharing the new wonders of our enhanced cinematic experience in our cherished theatre.
On 20 September 2013, we will unveil our new screen to the public with showings of Wizard of Oz, an iconic American film which originally premiered at our historic theatre on 15 August 1939, revitalized with the unparalleled technologies of The IMAX Experience®. Click here for tickets to celebrate this monumental occasion with us!
The IMAX® showing is the first time “The Wizard of Oz” will be played on this bigscreen format. IMAX Corporation oversaw the remastering of the film’s image and soundtrack. Warner Bros. worked with Prime Focus on the 3D conversion, scanning the film’s original Technicolor camera negative in high-resolution 8K before transforming the 2D image frame-by-frame into 3D based on distances from the viewer’s vantage point.
“People have asked for years about ‘The Wizard of Oz’ 3D conversion,” said Ned Price, Warner Technical Operations’ VP of mastering. “My answer was always, ‘We’re not doing it until it’s perfect.’ And now it is,” “As a kid, I was so enthralled by this film. Watching it, you just want to enter the frame, enter the Land of Oz. This new version will allow you to do just that.”
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