Anyone who tampers with Hollywood's most iconic venue is likely to encounter some suspicion.
So it's not surprising that some residents have raised concerns about plans to bring a giant Imax screen to the former Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
But one prominent theater conservation group says not to worry. The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, which raises funds to help conserve the city's historic movie palaces, says the planned Imax conversion won't affect the Chinese Theatre's historic character.
"We support the renovation and the competitive advantage it brings to the theater,'' said Hillsman Wright, a volunteer and spokesman for the foundation, which reviewed the Imax plans. "Who can say what Sid Grauman might have thought about what's ahead? However, the reason the theater has survived over the years, while so many other palaces have failed, is that it has successfully adapted to each new development in motion picture technology and patron comfort. IMAX is the next step in its evolution."