Saturday, April 22, 2017

TCL Chinese Theatre celebrates 90th Anniversary in typical Hollywood style

Premier presentation of the newly restored 1934 Cecil B. DeMille's  Cleopatra, kicks off event

Patti Pietchmann reporting

Hooray, horoay it's soon to be the First of May and on that day Hollywood Heritage, the TCL Chinese Theatre, NBCUniversal and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are helping to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the opening of one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks, The TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd., with the premier presentation of the newly restored 1934 Cecil B. DeMille film, Cleopatra.

Th event will kick  off the organization’s National Historic Preservation Month activities.
DeMille’s version of the Cleopatra story with Claudette Colbert as the legendary siren of the Nile was a critical and financial success for Paramount. In addition, Cleopatra received several Academy Award nominations and was given the Best Cinematography award. The film is noted for its magnificent Art Deco-inspired sets.

Impressive ceiling at today's TCL Chinese Theatre shot by Richard Pietschmann

The TCL Chinese Theatre,  which was designed by the celebrated architectural firm of Meyer and Holler, was built in 1927 for legendary promoter Sid Grauman and was the second of his movie palaces on Hollywood Boulevard. The theatre is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument. For nine decades, the owners of the theatre have shown remarkable stewardship of the historic features while carefully updating the viewing experience to IMAX.

The mission of Hollywood Heritage, a 501(c) 3 public benefit corporation celebrating over three decades of service, is to educate the public about the role of the early film industry and its pioneers in shaping Hollywood history and to preserve the historic built environment in Hollywood. There is no better way to illustrate the organization’s mission than with the presentation of a restored film in a magnificently preserved theatre. For additional information about sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets, please visit and