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No longer Graumans or Manns!
This is a double entry for Graumans/Manns Chinese Theatre. You can find the main page for this theatre at: Graumans Chinese Theatre.
To Me It Will Always Be Graumans Chinese Theatre
TCL Chinese Theatre
Since it first opened by Sid Grauman in 1927, five years after the Egyptian this has been a very popular place for stars and tourists alike. The Opening Premiere was "The King of King." and included all the fanfare we expect today.
In 1973 the name was changed to Manns Chinese Theatre until 2002 when it was changed back to Graumans Chinese Theatre. When the TCL company bought the rights in 2013 they renamed it The TCL Chinese Theatre. Such a shame to drop Grauman's name.
This is a fully functioning theater and It is beautifully decorated inside so, worth the price of a ticket.
It was Sid Graumans idea to create an exotic environment for movie goers and the Chinese Theatre is quite exotic for an American movie theater.
Guarding the entrance of the theater, are The Ming Dynasty (1403-1643) "Heaven Dogs." They are half ferocious Lion and half devoted Dog believed to protect the righteous . The whole theater has been restored and renovated so the seating is excellent for viewing the huge screen and it is well air-conditioned.! Mostly the movies are shown at night.
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Mann's Chinese Theater is a must when in Hollywood
Mann's Chinese Theater is a must when in Hollywood. See all of your favorite stars hand prints and foot prints. Virtual Tourist had there 15 Anniversary, held in Los Angeles California. I got a chance to meet some of our great members and what a pleasure it was to finally meet Grace and Linda. You will never know who your hand fits, my hands fit perfectly in Natalie Wood. Natalie Wood is one of my favorite actress and will always be in my heart.
Now TCL Chinese Theatre
Formally and famously, the Grauman's Chinese Theatre is located in the middle of Hollywood. It is as iconic as it gets for visiting Los Angeles. Known not so much for watching a movie here but seeing the hand and foot prints of celebrities embedded in cement in front of the theater along with the Hollywood stars on the sidewalks. There are many dressed up movie characters hanging around hoping to make a buck or two posing for photographs by tourists. There are also (these days) many people handing out CD's and collecting money for them. This is also the staging area for the tour buses that to see celebrity homes, TMZ tour and many other various tours around LA.
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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.
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Famous Hand Prints in front of Grauman's Theater
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.
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if you are into celebrities then head to the Grauman's Chinese theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. This is where it seems a lot of movie premieres are held. Get there around 6pm and if you can, post yourself on the side closest to Madam Tussauds as this where it seems most actors posed in front of the promotional posters. You'll be able to see if there is a premiere if half the road is blocked off and there are guards in black suits.
These photos are taken at the premiere of Dragon Slayer
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Chinese Tradition on Hollywood Boulevard
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.
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Grauman's Chinese Theatre & the Walk of Fame
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 ...
Iconic Grauman's Chinese Theatre
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.
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East in the West
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.
Grand Cinema Debuts!
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.
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Mann's Chinese Theatre
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.
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Small hands, Big feet!
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"!
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