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Hollywood Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre

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Hollywood Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre picture in Los Angeles
Hollywood Walk of Fame picture in Los Angeles
Celebrity handprints at the Chinese Theater picture in Los Angeles
Hollywood Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre picture in Los Angeles
Hollywood Walk of Fame picture in Los Angeles
Celebrity handprints at the Chinese Theater picture in Los Angeles

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  • Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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One of Hollywood's most iconic and memorable sites, the TCL Chinese Theatre (originally Grauman's Chinese Theatre) opened in 1927 and represents the excess of Hollywood's Golden Age. You can tour the theater for $16 (kids tour tickets cost $8 and senior tickets are $13.50 each); tours are offered from 10 a.m. to 9, 9:30, 9:45 or 10 p.m. every day except Monday. Because of this attraction's popularity, it's best to reserve your spot online in advance. This working theater also shows various newly released films throughout the year.

Overall, previous travelers said the tour guides' passion for the subject was evident, making their experiences special. However, some wished the area offered a glitzier atmosphere. Parking can also be challenging to find in Hollywood. Additional information about the attraction's tours and movie showtimes can be found on the TCL Chinese Theatre website.

While you're here, take a stroll along the free-to-enjoy Hollywood Walk of Fame, where hundreds of movie stars have left their handprints and signatures along the sidewalk. The attraction is open to the public 24 hours a day, and most of its activity and notable names are located between the 6800 and 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard (which, luckily, is directly in front of the theater).

As one of the most famous and recognized sites in all of Hollywood, the theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame are really a must-see. But it seems like a lot of people have the same idea – recent visitors said the sidewalk gets packed with camera-wielding tourists photographing the ground. Plus, parking is limited along Hollywood Boulevard. Some, however, said the hustle and bustle was part of the quirky allure of the area. To learn more about the stars and their stars, visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame website.

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