I don't think anyone seems to go into the theater from I saw. People are more interested in the stars' handprints and the Walk of Fame at Grauman's.
You could spend ages just looking at the star's handprints! You see loads of characters hanging outside the theatre, like Freddy Krueger but they're not affiliated with Grauman's at all.
The Chinese Theater is a great place to go on your first day in Hollywood, especially if you've never been in this area of California before. You'll see a mix of people - tourists, locals, constumed people posing for tips, the rich, the poor, and everyone in between. You can also catch movies in the theater (which I didn't do). The theater only shows one movie at a time, so call ahead to see about tickets. Apparently the screen and sound system are excellent. There is a theater next door, Mann's 6, which has more movies playing.
The famous hand and footprints you hear about are right in front of the Chinese theater. There are many famous signatures, including Star Wars characters and Whoopi Goldberg's hair imprint. Careful when you're looking, though - you might be standing on one that someone else is eyeing. Its almost a surprise that you're still allowed to walk all over them and put your hands and feet in the imprints. I have a feeling they'll be roped off in the future.
Make your what to Grauman's theater. Once there you will inevitably get board sticking your hand in dried up concrete. You will also get sick of looking at a giant theater that you could never afforded. So now it's time to get your picture with a MONEY hungry WAKkO! You can find some of them along the way, when following the stars on the ground, but you will score your favorite characters in front of the theater. Now they work on tips, and the proper edict is to tip them before the picture. they get pissy if you wait till after. I'm sure they have been burned before. You will see everyone from elvis, Lord of the Rings dudes. So good luck and have fun.
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The most interesting part of Hollywood, even if it is just to see the size of the hands or foot of Marilyn or Sofia Loren!
try to battle between tourist, trying to do the same .. try to get the proper shadow .... till a person just cross in front of your photo hehehe .... and adventure ;-)
Sid Grauman constructed in the 20´s as a place for openings and premieres, became very famous on the 30´s and 40´s, in these days you can only see people standing outside doing photos, people dress as actors ... and of course the hands prints .....
"It sure beats the local picture palace full of feckless layabouts back home"
"Looks like a giant Chinese take-away to me"
"Well this 20's concoction is the real McCoy, they had to get all sorts of licences to bring in bells and whatnot to decorate the theatre"
"There must have been thousands of premieres and awards through here over the years"
"They also have their own kind of 'walk of fame' with footprints and handprints of some really big stars from the movies on the forecourt"
"Where are you off ?"
"I'm off to see if any curvy actresses have added their best features to the concrete"
"God, men they are so predictable."
"Do you think you will ever be immortalised in concrete?"
"With my gob, perhaps only as part of the concrete bridge support for a new freeway"
"sooner than you think, perhaps"
If you're looking for this place from the magazine articles with all star's footprints and names written in concrete, you can find this in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. It is also a place from where you can be picked up to see a tv broadcast as an audience member. Tickets and transport are usually free.
You have to see the Graumann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. It is beautiful and very interesting. In front of the theatre you can see foot prints and hand prints of many famous actors and celebrities. You can even see their signatures in some cases.
In 1927, Norma Talmadge and Douglas Fairbanks stepped in a wet concrete slab outside the theater. It was the first of many ceremonies carefully planned out by Sid Grauman (the owner) Now I know that Silvester Stallone doesn't have a big hand, in contrary of what I knew. More than 180 celebrity prints are there. Expect many people and tourists. We didn't see anyone famous.
I bet, they hope those congrete plates to be smaller at the beginning. Where they will put newer ones.
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