Amid the bustle of Hollywood Boulevard stand two monuments to the silver screen. One, the TCL Chinese Theatre, oozes with history— imported Chinese stone lions, a 90-foot-tall copper roof, and concrete blocks that bear the handprints of Hollywood luminaries from years gone by each memorialize the celebrated role the building has played in Hollywood for more than eight decades.
Next door, Chinese 6 Theatres is a tribute to the cutting-edge. Six theaters, some with 3D capability, immerse viewers in ultra-realistic picture and sound better than sitting inside Steven Spielberg's android brain. Beyond the plush theater seating, a bar slings cocktails for in-movie sipping and a restaurant serves a full menu for cravings after the show. The service schedule varies for the bar and the restaurant but both will be open during Summer 2013. Whether they opt for the historic cinema or the ultramodern theater, visitors can catch a full slate of acclaimed new releases on their chosen big screen.
The storied history of TCL Chinese Theatre rivals those of the more than 200 celebrities whose handprints, footprints, and autographs are cemented into the theater's forecourt. Erected in 1927 and declared a historical and cultural landmark in 1968, the iconic theater stages movie screenings, premieres, events, and red-carpet ceremonies. Today, moviegoers walking through the theater's main courtyard can revel in the same opulence of those 1920s screen idols, craning their necks upward to take in the looming pagoda that frames the entrance. Inside, the theater's original 1927 screen towers high above the plush red-velvet seats, surrounded by wooden panels that rise to a ceiling with flowing Chinese-style drawings. This classic Hollywood setting is one of the reasons why the theater, in an echo of its origins, hosts celebrity-studded premieres, such as the 2012 opening for Life of Pi and the 2013 opening for Beautiful Creatures.
Formed in 2001 by producers and ardent horror buffs Rachel Belofsky and Ross Martin, Screamfest gives the corn-syrup-drenched cleavers of future visionaries a chance to shine while talking shop with the legends of the genre. On Saturday, October 20, Dread Central's Sean Decker moderates a Q&A with John Carpenter following a screening of his underrated 1989 film Prince of Darkness. Viewers can also take in an early screening of the wintry abduction thriller The Factory, starring John Cusack. Bruce Spaulding Fuller and Kurt Carley, protégés of the late Stan Winston, are also on hand to impart the fine art of sallow skin and faux viscera during a zombie-makeup demo on Saturday, October 13. Throughout the weeklong festival, dozens of features and short films from future Hitchcocks turn the theater's projected air blood red and shadow black as they compete for the gold-skull trophy. Will Ryan Haysom's neo-giallo short Yellow beat out JessiGotta's Anniversary Dinner, a zombie-apocalyptic commentary on the War on Terror that centers on a marriage gone necrotic? Will the haunting atmosphere and Del Toro–esque mythological flourishes of Aleksander Nordaas's Thale win out over the primal childhood terrors of Steven C. Miller's Under the Bed? The winners will be announced during the closing party and awards ceremony on Saturday, October 20, with all winners receiving an encore screening on Sunday. The runner-up films will be picked off one by one and torn apart in creative ways by an unstoppable, chainsaw-wielding line editor.
Originally built in the late 1800s as a vaudeville theater and then seeing time as a German film theater in the 1950s, today Bogart’s stands as a portal to a world of live music. Six bars stand at the ready to keep rocking bodies hydrated, and three concert-viewing levels ensure pristine sightlines so that lead singers can have midconcert staring contests with anyone they choose.