the hand paints inside the Grauman's Chinese Theater have various hollywood actors and actresses and even international famous celebrities have their customized hand prints here in front of the grauman's chinese theater and you can pose at the hand prints of your favorite celebrity for free as this place is open 24/7 as it sits just at the front of the chinese theater.
just be careful of the hordes of tourists jostling for position along with you for the shots.
Money, ambition and imagination are the ingredients present in most American realizations. The absence (or the disregard) of a local culture, was the reason of a diversified copy of models and styles from Europe, but also from the whole world.
The interesting note is that immigration from all the world turned USA in a complex mixture of races and civilizations, giving sense and cultural legitimacy to most of the copies made only to... copy.
Sid Grauman, a theatre producer well succeeded with his experience of a theatre in Egyptian style, decided to build another one in its neighborhoods, matching a Chinese look. Opened in 1927, the success was even bigger , and the theatre became an icon of Hollywood.
Now, you may be one among the hundreds browsing the autographs and footprints of the actors immortalised by the movies, fighting for a ticket to a premiere, or as we did, deciding that... yes, it is there, big, beautiful and looking Chinese, only a few kilometers from Chinatown.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre located on Hollywood Boulevard is the premier theatre and center of attraction on this busy street. It opened in May of 1927 and was THE spot for movie goers. It has been renovated since the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake and was declared and given historical landmark status in 1968.
The forecourt is a tourist friendly hub for shutterbugs. It is where the stars have their hand and footprints etched into the sidewalk along with drawings and notes. The theatre hosts inside tours during the day about every half hour. I did not take a tour during this visit but definitely will during the next visit.
The artwork and architecture of this theatre is just stunning. It is as authentic, colorful and rich in tradition as any of the temples I have seen in China yet with a more modern feel. I was just in awe of the intricate artwork as is obvious by all the photos I took. The photos I snapped are just a small sampling and really do not do justice to the beauty of this theatre.
What struck me most about Hollywood and Los Angeles was all the rich history and flavor this city has to offer. While walking around downtown Los Angeles I found many a forgotten theatre and marquee tucked away amongst the city streets in desolate alley ways and forgotten corners. It was a walk through the past.
Walking along Hollywood Boulevard during the evenings means fighting the theatre going crowds along the streets. Movie lovers pack the boulevard for blocks on end to visit these theatres.
I know most of us think of Hollywood as a star studded fantasy land yet it offers so much more in tradition and history which are two aspects that I enjoy most. I hope you enjoy the photo montage. Remember to click the images to enlarge.
The grand opening of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on May 18, 1927, was the most spectacular theatre opening in motion picture history. Thousands of people lined Hollywood Boulevard and a riot broke out as fans tried to catch a glimpse of the movie stars and other celebrities as they arrived for the opening. The film being premiered that night was Cecil B. DeMille's “The King of Kings,” which was preceded by "Glories of the Scriptures," a live prologue devised by master showman Sid Grauman. A Wurlitzer organ and 65-piece orchestra provided music for the prologue. The theatre opened to the public the following day, May 19, 1927.
Previously, Grauman built the Million Dollar Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and the lavish Egyptian Theatre a few blocks from the Chinese, but he wanted to build his dream theatre. Built at a cost of $2,000,000, eighteen months later the Chinese Theatre opened.
I walked among more than 200 Hollywood celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs in the concrete of the theater's forecourt. Variations of this honored tradition are imprints of the eye glasses of Harold Lloyd, the cigars of Groucho Marx and George Burns, the magic wands of Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, the legs of Betty Gable, the fist of John Wayne, the knees of Al Jolson, the ice skating blades of Sonja Henie, and the noses of Jimmy Durante and Bob Hope. Some of the insignia's that I saw belonged to: John Travolta, Burt Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford , Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meryl Streep, Whoopi Goldberg, Jim Carrey, Al Pacino, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, Ron Howard, Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Nicholas Cage ...
Well, now....you know that you have to see The Chinese Theatre while you're here.
The whole district around the theatre is LA's equivalent to Times Square. It can be a bit tacky and flashy, but is fitting for the entertainment district.
That said, as cynical and hyper-commercial as Hollywood can be, I challenge you not to get butterflies when you first see the Grauman's come into view.
At a pedestrian level, this is a chaotic as Los Angeles gets. The sidewalk and court of the theatre is full of tourists, cameras, and a slew of "characters"(people dressed up as celebrities and movie characters, asking for a quick buck in exchange for a photo). But, the theatre is a working house, and is simply stunning on the interior, as well - what a fantastic venue to see a horror flick in particular!
Furthermore, Grauman's is still one of the city's most popular venues for premieres. Thus, arrive on the right night and you won't be allowed near the Chinese - but you can stand behind the barriers, across Hollywood Blvd., and hope for a glimpse of some celebs on the red carpet.
Off the Beaten Path: The adjacent "Mann's Chinese Six", a modern cineplex, has a stunning lobby and concessions area that continues the Chinese theme, but in an anime motif that will impress.
Authorization had to be obtained from the U.S. government to import temple bells, pagodas, stone Heaven Dogs and other artifacts from China. Poet and film director Moon Quon came from China, and under his supervision Chinese artisans created many pieces of statuary in the work area that eventually became the Forecourt of the Stars. Most of these pieces still decorate the ornate interior of the theatre today.
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is the most sought-after theatre in Hollywood for studio premieres.
The Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has been a cornerstone of Hollywood for over 75 years and was declared a historic-cultural landmark in 1968.
This is where all the Major hollywood Theater Film, Debuts were made up to the 1960's. Formerly knowed as Mann's Chinese Theater, It reverted back to it's Original Name of Grauman's Theater in 2002. The grand opening of the theatre was on May 18, 1927 and it was the most impressive theatre opening in motion picture history. A riot actually broke out as fans tried to get glimpses of the movie stars and other celebrities as they arrived for the opening. It is visited by more than four million visitors from all over the world every year and is the most sought-after studio in Hollywood for studio premieres. Every time there is a premiere, the streets are overrun by fans trying to get autographs and pictures of their favorite celebrities as they arrive for the red carpet walk-ins. The Hollywood Walk of Fame runs right in front of the theatre as well so people are always looking down at the stars and honoring their favorites. The imprints of more than 150 of Hollywood's finest hands and feet, such as Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart, are cast right in the front entrance of the theatre (also known as the forecourt). It's a fun way to the preserve and respect the long fantastic story of Hollywood's entertainment industry.
Mann’s Chinese Theatre, which used to be called Grauman’s Chinese Theater, is located on Hollywood Boulevard, right on the Walk of Fame.
Hand- and footprints of you favourite actors… Just within reach ! What an great idea !
The place is quite crowded…a fact that would have pleased Sid Grauman, owner of the theatre, who, in order to attract more customers, decided to immortalize celebrities’prints in wet cement on the courtyard just before the entrance. Well…objective achieved !
A lot of artists choose this spot to perform their show, so you might as well come across Michael Jackson !
This theater is a piece of Hollywood history. It has Hollywood hand and foot prints, it the home of countless premieres, its a beautiful movie palace and worth your time if you are in Los Angeles. If you can just go see a film there. Sit as center center as you can and get there early so you can walk around and look up at the ceiling and the walls. The theater was restored a few years ago so its in great shape. Ticket prices are expensive in LA so see an early movie if you can. Also its a part of the Kodak complex so parking is free for 2 hours or if its not free its something like 2 dollars for 2 hours which is really good for LAs standards. Or try to find parking on the streets, but watch the signs LA has crazy steet permit parking in some areas.
If you´re visiting Hollywood then you´ve just got to visit Graumans Chinese Theatre. So many stars have left their hand and feet prints in cemented paving stones and its really interesting to see how so many BIG stars have really small hands and feet! Step outside onto the pavement and follow the stars of the famous Walk of Fame...see how many you know! Around this area are lots of wannabe´s dressed in various costumes of past and present so dont be surprised if Darth Vadar approaches you or Marylin Monroe offers you a leaflet....they´re only trying to earn a buck or two until they are "discovered"!
Mann's Chinese Theatre was originally opened in 1927 as a venue for premieres of big new movie productions. The main draw these days is to view the hand and footprints left by various celebrities in the cement pavement outside. This started when Norma Talmadge accidently trod in went cement while visiting the construction site.
The Chinese Theater, at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, was opened in 1927 by showman Sid Grauman. The exterior supposedly resembles a giant, red Chinese pagoda. The architecture features a huge Chinese dragon across the front, two stone lion-dogs guarding the main entrance, and the silhouettes of tiny dragons up and down the sides of the copper roof.
The Theatre was declared a historic-cultural landmark in 1968, and there has always been a restoration program in process to maintain the theatre's beauty. Following the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake, geological experts were brought in to inspect the theatre and advise the owners with regard to protecting and strengthening the entire structure.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre is probably the most famous movie theatre in the world. It was built by showman Sid Grauman in 1927. The exterior of the movie theater supposedly resembles a giant, red Chinese pagoda. The architecture features a huge Chinese dragon across the front, two stone lion-dogs guarding the main entrance, and the silhouettes of tiny dragons up and down the sides of the copper roof.
The theatre is famous collection for its collection of celebrity footprints. It apparently began as an accident. Before the Chinese Theater officially opened, owner Sid Grauman gave a tour to some celebrities, during which actress Norma Talmadge unintentionally walked across a wet slab of cement.
Variations of this honored tradition are imprints of the eyeglasses of Harold Lloyd, the cigars of Groucho Marx and George Burns, the legs of Betty Grable, the fist of John Wayne, the knees of Al Jolson, the ice skating blades of Sonja Henie and the noses of Jimmy Durante and Bob Hope.
Western stars William S. Hart and Roy Rogers left imprints of their guns. And the hoof prints of "Tony," the horse of Tom Mix, "Champion," the horse of Gene Autry, and "Trigger," the horse of Rogers, were left in the cement beside the prints of the stars who rode them in the movies. The only person not associated with the movie industry to have a signature and hand print in front of the theater was Grauman's mother.
In 1968 it was declared an historic and cultural landmark, and has undergone restoration projects in the years since then. The theater was purchased in 1973 by the Mann's Theater chain and it was renamed it Mann's Chinese Theater. As of November 9, 2001, the original name was returned to the front of the theater.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre continues as a first-run movie theater where, for the price of a ticket, a visitor can still see a film there. Starsky and Hutch were playing there when I went.
This was actually really fun. We spent about 30 minutes searching for stars, seeing how big our hands and feet were compared to theres and generally just mucking around. Its worth a look. Even just so you can say you were there. Theres not a lot to the attraction. You can have your photo taken with some impersonaters that hang around just in front of the theatre but thats about it.
Its right there on Hollywood Boulevarde and you pass it to get to anything else so stop off, take a few shots and keep on going.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre is claimed to be the most famous movie theatre in the world. Obviously it is located in the heart of Hollywood, and it is used for movie premieres. During these events, celebrities can be seen arrive and walk up the red carpet into the theatre. Outside the theatre (the forecourt) is usually very crowded because people are there to see various handprints and footprints in cement of famous movie stars. The Grauman's Forecourt is open free of charge to all visitors. Also, the Hollywood Walk of Fame which stretches along the sidewalk of Hollywood Blvd. has some of the most famous or popular stars outside the theatre.