At the end of this month, the Chinese Theatre will close for several months for a makeover--one of the biggest new features will be a giant Imax theater, the largest by seating capacity "among more than 730 Imax theaters in at least 50 countries," according to the LA Times. There've been lots of ch-ch-changes for the 1927 Chinese over the last few years--it sold to a local investor group in 2011 and a few months ago its naming rights were sold to Chinese television maker TCL. The new Imax theater will seat 986 people and have a 94-foot-wide screen; importantly, it'll be fit for premieres (unlike Imax's other local screens) and the company "plans to make the Chinese Theatre one of its main venues for holding premieres of big budget action movies." The Chinese will also get a new box office marquee and a few other upgrades. It's set to reopen in September.
· Imax to go into former Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood [LAT]
· Actual Chinese Firm Slapping Its Name On Grauman's Chinese [Curbed LA]