It’s fun to spot differences and similarities between the original Hollywood Chinese Theater in California and the version seen in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Above left is the original theater, and at right is the replica in Florida. Can you spot at least 12 differences between the two theaters?
The replica in Florida originally had spires. One of the spires would actually descend during the nightly fireworks show, in preparation for a large inflatable Sorcerer Mickey that appeared in the finale. The spires were removed sometime after 2001 when the Sorcerer Mickey hat icon was added.
The original is above, and notice how the replica below has a curtain behind the medallion. Notice also the difference in the ceiling details, and the corner details. The theater in Florida is probably very close to how the original theater looked when it was built.
The theater in Florida has two displays, showing the movie premiere events of two Disney classic films.
Just steps away from the original Hollywood Chinese Theater are three other well-known Disney-related theaters.
The Kodak Theater, where the Academy Awards are broadcast on ABC each year. Cirque du Soleil has a new, very good show in the theater called Iris. Forty million was invested in excavating the space beneath the stage for elaborate set pieces that are seen in the show.