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SoCal’s Historic TCL Chinese Theater

It opened with a bang, and today, the TCL Chinese Theater remains a Hollywood icon. The grand opening of SoCal’s Historic Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood in 1927 was the most spectacular theater opening in motion picture history. Thousands of people crowded onto Hollywood Boulevard and a riot broke out as enthusiastic fans tried to catch a glimpse of their favorite movie stars and other celebrities as they arrived for the opening. The film premiering that night was Cecil B. DeMille’s, The King of Kings, which was preceded by Glories of the Scriptures, a live prologue devised by the one and only master showman Sid Grauman. A Wurlitzer organ and 65-piece orchestra provided music for the prologue.

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