The Chinese Theatre Construction, in Riveting Time-Lapse

Peek inside the Hollywood landmark's transformation.

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    Do Angelenos like time-lapse videos more than most people?

    Probably not, although given the fact that about every major development that rises in Southern California makes its way to time-lapsean infamy. Yeah, we have one or two camera storage houses here in the region (that could be a contributing factor).

    And will local videographers ever tire of showing our freeway patterns, only sped up? It's a time-lapse-y SoCal classic.

    But a new time-lapse movie has ascended into video viraldom in recent days: The TCL Chinese Theatre overhaul. That's construction inside the main theater, of course, the one that is set to re-open on Friday, Sept. 20 with one of the world's largest IMAX screens (and a little film called "The Wizard of Oz").

    That movie is heading into its grand 75th anniversary year, so the Chinese Theatre run -- which is a 3-D run -- will be one of the openers of the anniversary. Makes sense, too, since the film premiered there back in 1939.

    When we said "overhaul" earlier, we did not mean the historic elements of the treasured gem; the chandelier, lighting, and dragon-esque details remain.

    And now, the rather amazing, hard-to-not-watch-twice video from filmmaker Andrew Oleck. Several things might catch the eye, but for us? It's peeking below where the seats are in the landmark. Did you always have a sweet spot for the venue's vintage bathrooms?

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