TCL Chinese Theatre VIP Tour

30 Reviews | Los Angeles, USA

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The TCL Chinese Theatres VIP Tour is the only place in Hollywood, where you learn the star-studded history of the historic TCL Chinese Theatres. The Tour features stories and fun facts about the theatre’s Hollywood premieres, celebrities, and its Forecourt of the Stars. Since 1927, the TCL Chinese Theatre has been home of the star powered red carpet movie premieres, and special events, where Hollywood's biggest and brightest stars have come to watch their movies! The most famous movie theatre in the world is known for its unique Forecourt of the Stars, featuring cement hand and footprints, of major movie stars from past to present.

So step off the red carpet and walk through the golden doors of this Movie Palace of the Stars, on our exclusive 30 minute Walking Tour. A visit to Los Angeles is not complete without this stroll through Hollywood movie history.


  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Small-group tour
  • Editor's Pick
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day



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Average 3.63 out of 5 stars based on 30 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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TCL Chinese Theatre VIP Tour
Irish4052, Oct 2022 Verified
My husband and I went today for the tour of the VIP tour . We both really enjoyed our tour guide Peter. He had lots of interesting information. He pointed out several beautiful aspects of the theater. Some of the things he pointed out I probably would have missed on my own. He had great knowledge of the history of the theater and current events . The tour definitely did not disappoint and I would highly recommend it .
TCL Chinese Theatre VIP Tour
Cherilynjones, Aug 2022 Verified
It’s a historic treasure! The ornate design and decor. From 1920’s. They have original and custom artifacts as well. They have the original theater with IMax and additional theaters in upper levels. The tour was awesome. We loved Lear big about the history and unique facts. The book they sell is worth it for $3. Loved seeing all the celebrity concrete prints and insignia out front. Highly recommend!
TCL Chinese Theatre VIP Tour
makaylabm_, Jan 2021 Verified
In just 30 minutes, you will become acquainted with the life and legacy of Sid Grauman.On this tour, guests are shown various costumes, props, iconic artwork, and architecture associated with the history of the theatre. Visitors will also learn about the history of cinema as well as hear fun facts and stories about the famous venue and some of the most iconic cemented hand and footprints in the forecourt.Booking options are available. Alternatively, walk ups are welcome as tours run 7 days a week (excluding special events).Photography is permitted on VIP Tours, so your camera is essential.With a professional guide, this small group tour is ideal for anyone with an interest in Hollywood history. A visit to Los Angeles would be incomplete without visiting this unique landmark.
TCL Chinese Theatre VIP Tour
TMitchell8, Jan 2020 Verified
I took my friends visiting LA on a VIP tour of the TCL Chinese Theatre. Our tour guide was great and very informative. There were many famous hand and footprints outside the theatre which was awesome. The theatre itself is beautiful and historic. The main theatre is IMAX with reclining seats. There is another set of smaller (by seats) movie theatres upstairs, one being in 4D! I have seen movies in both the main theatre and upstairs and it has been a pleasant experience. They also serve alcohol which is nice to have a beer and watch a movie. The tour was great and the theater is even greater!
TCL Chinese Theatre VIP Tour
Kaitie A, Dec 2019 Verified
We had been quite disappointed in the Hollywood walk of fame, as it seemed stars were given to anyone who wanted one. This was not the case with the theatre, and all of the handprints belonged to fully established actors. The tour inside was also interesting, giving us some extra background information and a good chance to view and photograph the beautiful theatre.
TCL Chinese Theatre VIP Tour
Lisa V, Nov 2019 Verified
Just beautiful and so interesting. Our guide was knowledgeable and engaging. The tour is a comfortable length of time. The tour does not include, but is interesting to see, the lavatories so do take a quick jaunt downstairs. The name is very unfortunate. For historical snd Marketing purposes, the owners should return the name to Gruman’s Chinese Theater and use their TCL, encircled, as a logo either above or below. Currently, the name on the building is both tacky and belies both the splendor and history of the building,
TCL Chinese Theatre VIP Tour
01beanie01, Oct 2019 Verified
I had tried several to book online before arriving but was unable to however we were able to book on the day when we got there which was good. Its a beautiful old building with so much history but it was a very quick tour though wasn't too expensive. Very glad we did it
TCL Chinese Theatre VIP Tour
Tina-Magling, Apr 2019 Verified
We had this "wow" moment, when we did the VIP tour at the Chinese theatre in Hollywood. We really did see "everything" and we even got small funny stories about the making the theatre, as well as the actors - and the feet and hand prints in front of the theatre. We loved every moment of the tour - this was really amazing.
TCL Chinese Theatre VIP Tour
Alan V, Apr 2016 Verified

The TCL Chinese Theatre is a beautiful gem, showing off the best of aesthetic design, from an earlier Hollywood age, as well as, the best of modern, movie-going technology. This tour was an excellent, behind-the-scenes look at a true historic and cinematic, icon. Our tour guide was friendly, informative and knowledgeable. Well worth an hour of your time.

TCL Chinese Theatre VIP Tour
NickP397, Nov 2022 Verified
Doesn’t cost much, $10 each and quiet short but worth seeing as a small private group, arguably one of the most famous landmark buildings in the world

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