Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles

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6925 Hollywood Blvd. (213) 464-8111

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    The most famous theatre in the world

    by meteorologist1 Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    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.

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    by sabsi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Grauman's Chinese Theatre

    As "to visit Los Angeles and not see the Chinese Theatre is like visiting China and not seeing the Great Wall" I really wanted to see the Chinese Theatre which is located at Hollywood Blvd just as the Walk of Fame. This movie theatre opened in 1927 and has been one of the most popular cinemas for premieres ever since.

    Outside you will find footprints of actors, actresses and other creatures of film business. More about that in the next tip....

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    Where the stars give YOU a hand...print

    by spgood301 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Grauman's Chinese Theater is a little smaller than I thought it would be. It's where you see (and walk on) your favorite stars handprints and footprints-definitely an LA must see. Warning: you may have to wait to get a piccie of your fave's print-lots of other people may be standing on it.

    One thing that struck me: were Henry Fonda's hands really THAT SMALL?!!!!

    I'll post a few more pics in my travelogue

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    Mann's Chinese Theatre

    by Carmela71 Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Mann's Chinese Theatre

    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 .....

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    See the Stars!

    by IslandGirl10 Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Roy Rogers AND Trigger live!

    For most of us, this is the closest that we will get to a particular star...at Mann's Chinese Theater. This is a busy area....again, not as big as you envision it, but a neat free thing to do. They have a tour of the theater, but we chose just to buy our kids some stuff and walk around looking at the handprints. Fun!

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    Grauman's (Mann's) Chinese Theater

    by Dabs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Grauman's

    I headed over to Hollywood late on a Monday morning, the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater was crawling with tourists mixed in characters such as Spiderman (we had a nice little chat about the Chicago Bears), Batman and a very scary transvestite alien that I failed to recognize and people trying to give away tickets to sit in the audience of various TV and talk shows.

    Graumann's opened in May 1927 with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's King of Kings. The guidebooks say that it was at that premiere that actress Norma Talmadge stepped in concrete, giving birth to the tradition of celebrities making hand and footprints that people flock here to see although the first prints are listed to be Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks on this list of the celebrities currently immortalized in concrete.

    If you want to see the interior, you need to buy a ticket as this is still an active movie theater.

    I suppose Grauman's could easily qualify as a tourist trap but it's so well known that you almost have to go see it and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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    by C_L_T Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Bruce Willis' hand and foot prints

    An interesting place to compare hand sizes with your favourite stars is outside Manns Chinese Theatre. The hand and foot prints of some of Hollywoods legends are imprinted in the cement on the theatres forecourt. There are hundreds of stars there, some of the golden oldies include Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Shirley Temple and more modern day stars such as Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson.

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    Graumans Chinese Theatre

    by kdoc13 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Outside the theatre.

    Let's start with the obvious. It is a theater. And a really cool one at that. They have fairly good prices on Snow-caps, and pop-corn, and admission isn't all that bad.

    Oh yeah, a lawyers dream is out in front, in the uneven footing you will find walking on the hand and foot prints of your favorite movie stars. As a law student I can see plenty of potential future clients who stumble and trip in the footsteps of long dead actors like Shirley Temple....wait, still alive....Long dead actors like Al Pachino...wait, still alive too....Long dead actors...aw forget it! Actors like Eddie Murphy, and Catherine Zeta Jones. And you can complete your crazed movie fan stalking fantasy by touching the hands or feet of the stars, immortalized in concrete.

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    Mann's (aka Grauman's) Chinese Theatre

    by SFHulaGIrl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Courtyard

    This theater, complete with dragons, temple dogs, and Chinese-style roofs, has a long history; it began screening movies in 1927. The courtyard hosts a collection of hand and foot imprints --including R2D2!

    As of May, 2005, movie tickets cost $11.00.

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    Celebrity handprints

    by Sophie1980 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Marilyn's handprints

    Outside the Mann Chinese Theatre, you can check out the many handprints of the stars (and footprints). From Marilyn Monroe, to Tom Hanks and Shirley Temple, you can see whose hands are the same size as yours. Great fun and full of tourists with cameras all there for the same thing. F.Y.I, my hands are the same size as Marilyn's and my feet as Susan Sarandons.

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    Grauman’s Chinese Theater

    by mindcrime Written Feb 3, 2010

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    Grauman’s Chinese Theater (pic 1) is one of the most popular venues in LA, especially for premieres when long barriers wont allow you to get closer but you may see the original stars walking on the red carpet and not the mimics that occupie the area the other days.

    It opened on May 18, 1927 by Sid Grauman that had already one theatre in egyptian style so he decided to have one in chinese style! There are organized tours inside the theatre during the day where you can check the stunning interior, but that’s what I’ve heard about, we didn’t go inside, we preferred to walk along the real Chinatown which near downtown and not in Hollywood. By the way the theatre is was declared as historic cultural landmark in 1968.

    If you don’t go inside don’t forget to check the hand prints and signatures in front of the Chinese Theater. The forecourt is full of concrete blocks where some celebrities left their signatures with footprints and handprints (pic 2 shows Mel Gibson’s block). Some of them have also small drawing and notes.
    Like the Walk of Fame the area is packed with tourists that try to find their favourite celebrities, take photos of them and some of them trying to see whose shoe fits them! :)

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    For Harry Potter Fans...

    by joits Written Aug 6, 2007
    Emma Watson, Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

    If you're a big fan of the whole Harry Potter saga and you find yourself visiting LA, you need to go visit the Mann's Chinese theater in Hollywood so that you can see the hand/foot/wand prints of Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. The three actors recently got the honor of immortalizing themselves in Hollywood history while promoting the movie release of book 5. It is quite a thrill as a Harry Potter fan to see something like this. Its pretty easy to find, just go to the area where all the hand prints are and its almost directly in front of the entrance into the theater. Make sure you get a pic of yourself with it!

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    Get tickets to watch a movie

    by tomruth78 Written Nov 28, 2006

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    Chinese Mann Graumans

    We bought tickets off the box office on the main Hollywood Boulevard next to the theatre for a film.

    It was lovely to be able to sit in the seats that many celebrities have over the years. We paid £11.25 each which wasn't bad for such a famous cinema.

    Make sure when you are buying tickets it is for Graumans and not in a screen inside the Chinese Complex.

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    Chinese Theater: Hand- and Footprints of the Stars

    by Escadora7 Updated Oct 10, 2006

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    Chinese Theater all lit up
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    "Grauman's Chinese Theater" has been a Hollywood landmark since it's opening in 1927, and no visit to Los Angeles would be complete without a stroll around the the theater. The Chinese is known to have had the most movie-premiers of all Hollywood movie theaters. If you have the time, go and catch a movie - and take a little extra time to look at the interor: red carpets and lavish decorations - if you close your eyes you might find yourself back in a time when "Singing in the Rain" premiered. If you don't want to watch a movie, there are tours of the theater every 1/2 hour. But no worries if you can't do that either - the outside architecture is quite impressive, and between looking at all the famous hand- and footprints in the cement, the souvenier-booths, the gift-shops, the walk of fame, and various characters and performers in front of the theater you will be quite busy.

    More often than ever you will see a tourist crouching down to shadow their palm and feet prints over a famous personality's outlines. If you decide to do the same, make sure some unsuspecting tourist doesnt decide to stamp your hand off whilst at it! ouch!!

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    See the handprints and footprints of the stars

    by USCgirlie Written Mar 28, 2006

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    In front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, you will see many of the most famous stars of past and present, in the form of their handprints and footprints! It is very fun, as people visiting the site will put their own hands into the handprints or their own foot into the footprint to compare how much bigger or smaller their own hands/feet are! There are also autographs etched into the area from the stars. Stars that have their hand/footprints here include: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Stewart, Shirley Temple, John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, Paul Newman, Judy Garland, the entire cast of the original "Star Trek," Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas - just to name a few! (The whole list of stars is posted in the website below.)

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