TCL Chinese Theater

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The TCL Chinese Theater (formerly known as Grauman's Chinese Theater) is a cinema on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles that first opened its doors in 1927.

Its exterior was designed to resemble a red oriental pagoda and it also features Ming Dynasty dogs guarding the front entrance, tiny dragons on the roof and a huge dragon on the front of the building.

Over the decades, the venue has hosted an array of movie premieres - including Star Wars in 1977 - and continues to do so to the present day, attracting huge crowds of celebrities and spectators.

It is possible to buy tickets to movies at TCL, but many people staying in Los Angeles hotels simply go along to look at the famous concrete blocks in the forecourt. These feature the names, footprints and handprints of film personalities including Matt Damon, Bruce Willis and Jack Nicholson, presenting a great photo opportunity.

The TCL Chinese Theater was declared a historic and cultural landmark in 1968.