World Famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre!
Grauman's Chinese Theatre is a staple Hollywood landmark situated on the historic walk of fame. Due to the success of the near by Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, Sid Grauman and his partners, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, commissioned the theatre to be built beginning in January 1926. On May 18, 1927 Grauman's Chinese Theatre opened with the premiere of Cecil B DeMille's The King of Kings.
Not only is Grauman's Chinese Theatre home to some of the biggest Hollywood premieres to date, it's also the backdrop to the induction ceremony of the Walk of Fame. If you're lucky enough to be around when this happens, it's a pretty cool way to get up close and personal with some of the biggest stars in the world. You'll be there as these Hollywood celebrities receive their stars and imprint their hands into the concrete to be permanently displayed in the theatre courtyard. However, if you don't get to see the ceremony itself, it's still worthwhile going down to check out the imprints that have been done in the past. There are nearly 200 celebrity imprints dating back to 1927, and include such Hollywood legends as Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe and Paul Newman.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre is not strictly reserved for Hollywood premiere's and celebrity ceremonies, it is also a first run movie house. It plays daily the latest new releases for the general public to enjoy. And let me tell you, sitting in a theatre so full of history is a pretty amazing way to see a show. You never know, you might end up sitting in the exact seat that James Dean once sat!
Out front, and not associated with the theatre, is a Hollywood tours kiosk. Here you can find brochure's and information on sight seeing tours throughout Hollywood. But be aware, the vendors can be a little pushy at times so don't be afraid to just walk away.
One last thing you'll find outside of Grauman's Chinese Theatre are the costumed characters. You can get your picture taken with characters ranging anywhere from Batman to KISS's Gene Simmons.
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