Mike Madriaga 12:40 p.m., May 25
New comedy club inside Grauman's Chinese is no laughing matter
The once-mighty Grauman's Chinese Theatre has fallen on hard times. The big Chinese was closed for renovation when I paid a visit last week. They're installing an IMAX screen -- the first ever on Hollywood Boulevard -- in hope of drawing more desirable titles from the competition and the patrons who will invariably frequent them.
The Chinese 1-6 was a ghost town. On the Waterfront played without sound on a big screen monitor in the lobby, an unpleasant reminder of a time when quality paid the bills as opposed to the handful of second, in some case third run features playing to empty houses. Check out the current lineup. They're one step away from the UltraStar Chula Vista.
More bad news: in an effort to transform a drab sixplex into a major entertainment destination, TCL Chinese Theatres announced that as of Friday, Inside Jokes, a new comedy club, will open its doors in one of their auditoriums. You want the sound of laughter emanating from inside your theatres? Tell Hollywood to make funnier pictures, not let standup comics do the job for them. I pray this doesn't become a trend.
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