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April 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hollywood’s fabled Grauman’s Chinese Theater — recently renamed the TCL Chinese Theater after the Chinese electronics firm that purchased naming rights for $5 million — is scheduled to be shut down in May and reopen in September as an IMAX venue, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Friday), citing sources familiar with the matter. The refurbishment will, for the first time, allow red-carpet premieres to be screened in the giant format. The theater currently seats 1,162, but that number will be reduced to 986 when it reopens with stadium seating, configured for the 94-foot IMAX screen. Already boasting one of the largest screens in Hollywood, the 86-year-old theater’s size presents a perplexing problem for digital projection, given the distance of the projection booth to the screen. The Times said that IMAX plans to replace its current projector with a laser system next year that will provide brighter images and better color contrast. Questions were also immediately raised about whether the “character” of the elaborate auditorium will be affected by the new installation. Architectural photographer Everett Engbers posted a comment on the Times‘s blog: “The nice thing about the few remaining theaters like the Chinese is that if the movie is bad, (which is more often than not), you can at least enjoy the architecture. But with a monstrous screen in your face it will be tough to see the details of the auditorium. Let’s face it, if Hollywood made movies that a larger share of the public wanted to see there would be no need to use gimmicks like this.”