Welcome to Hollywood!
We'll see you at the movies!
the major historic theatres:
More information: See our Grauman's Chinese pages --
| main Chinese page | street view timeline | forecourt | lobby |
| lounges | auditorium | upstairs | stage | basement | attic |
Cinerama Dome page for lots more photos and info. The photo here is from 2007.
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Opened: October 18, 1922 by Sid Grauman and known for many years as Grauman's Egyptian.
Opened: January 19, 1927 as a legit operation, Wilkes Vine St. and was later called just the Vine St.
In March, 1931 it became a cinema, the Mirror. In 1936 CBS took over and called it the Studio Theatre. In 1954 it became The Huntington Hartford Theatre and later the James A. Doolittle.
Status: Reopened in 2004 as the Ricardo Montalban with a resident troupe featuring works for young people. The facade has been restored to its 1927 appearance and work is continuing on the interior. It's a 2007 photo.
More information: See the page on the Ricardo Montalban Theatre.
Architect: G. Albert Lansburgh
Seating: 2, 200 -- originally 2,756
Status: Vacant and locked up tight. The building is
owned by Pacific Theatres, its longtime operator. It's sitting dormant
waiting for the next great idea. The photo is a 2007 view.
More information: See our Warner
Bros. Hollywood pages:
on our other sites:
Our Downtown L.A. Theatres site gives
you a rundown of the surviving Los Angeles
moviepalaces on Broadway and Hill Streets.
the Los Angeles theatre >>
Other pages deal with the existing and
vanished theatres in detail on Broadway,
Main Street, Hill Street and elsewhere.
The Wilshire Theatres site gives you
thetour of the longest theatre district in
Los Angeles. We take a trip investigating
theatres downtown, along the Miracle Mile
and Beverly Hills.
the Fox Village theatre >>
There are a few detours down side streets
along the way and a major stop for the
theatres of the Westwood area.
The Los Angeles Movie Palaces is our
catch-all site for historic Los Angeles theatres
outside the downtown, Hollywood and
the Warner Huntington Park >>
There are separate sections for East
Los Angeles, Glendale, Pasadena, Ocean
Park/Venice, Long Beach and other areas.
Our Links to L.A. Adventures page is
acollection of links to L.A. related historical
websites, blogs, postcard collections,
Los Angeles architecture and more.
a Westwood Village landmark >>
We've been looking for people who have an
interesting angle on exploring this great city
and this page is a means of pointing you
in their direction.
The Chinese Theatre forecourt in 2007.
photo: Bill Counter - click to enlarge
Chinese - Grauman's
Dolby Theatre / Hollywood & Highland
Linwood Dunn/ Pickford Film Center
El Centro / Circle Theatre
Egyptian 2 & 3 / Arena Cinema
El Capitan / Paramount
El Capitan / Hollywood Playhouse / Avalon
Fox / Iris
Hitching Post / Paris
Holly / Studio / Academy
Regent Showcase / Gordon / Arc Theatre
Star / Apollo
Vine / Admiral
Warner Bros. Hollywood /
Pacific Hollywood 1-2-3
World / Marcal
historic theatres in hollywood
newer theatres running movies:
intact and open for business:
Hollywood Playhouse (music club, the Avalon)
Vine St./ Ricardo
Box/Henry Fonda (music club)
most interesting of the
Hollywood theatre tours:
The news & events album on our Los Angeles Theatres
Facebook page is a compilation of posts about upcoming
tours and other special events in historic theatres.
Three Hollywood theatres regularly offer tours:The El Capitan Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre
The American Cinematheque offers tours of Sid
Grauman's first Hollywood movie palace (1922) along
with a screening of the film "Forever Hollywood."
Usually one or two Saturdays each month at 10:30 am.
You get to go backstage, check out the dressing rooms,
the "singer's boxes," and more. Tickets are $12 for students
and seniors (if you do both the tour and film), $15 general
admission. Reservations are not required.
| tour information | Egyptian Theatre calendar |
| our web pages on the Egyptian |
You can now get a tour any day at this classic 1926
legitimate theatre turned movie palace. There's a 30 minute
tour at 8:30 am any morning ($15) that gets you into backstage
areas as well as the auditorium, lobby and a look at the Wurlitzer.
Or a 15 minute led "express" tour ($5) offered throughout the
day that just gets you a history discussion and a walk through of
lobby and lower lounge areas. Reservations are not required.
| tour info on Facebook | the El Capitan website |
| tour info pdf | our pages on the El Capitan |
Grauman's Chinese Theatre
The Chinese (Meyer and Holler, 1927) offers tours
throughout the day, every day. You get a chat with a guide,
spend some time in the lobby looking at exhibits and then
wander down the side aisles of the auditorium and peek in
(if a show is on). Or if your tour time hits an intermission,
you get more of an auditorium tour.
| tour information | tour tickets |
| our web pages on the Chinese |
You'll find information about Downtown L.A. theatre
tours halfway down the left column of the home page of our
Historic Los Angeles Theatres - Downtown website.