Performance at Grauman’s Chinese Theater

Everyday offers a band of colorful characters at the Grauman Theater in Hollywood.

Grauman’s Chinese Theater is best known for the hand and footprints in its courtyard entry. One can’t help but be a little star-struck at the chance to place hands and feet  in the cement prints of the likes of Shirley Temple and John Wayne and snapping a  photo.

The Chinese Theater is one of the best preserved  movie palaces from Hollywood’s golden era, opening on May 18, 1927, with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s “The King of Kings” and was the most spectacular theatre opening in motion picture history.

Thousands  lined Hollywood Boulevard and a riot broke out as fans tried to catch a glimpse of the glamorous movie stars and other celebrities arriving for the opening.

Since this first ceremony in 1927, when Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks placed hands and feet in wet cement, over 200 celebrity prints have  been added.

Theater creator Sid Grauman (the “Sid” to whom you see many inscriptions written) stayed on as the Managing Director of Grauman’s Chinese Theater until he died in 1950.

Today, The Chinese Theater is still  preferred  for studio premieres in Hollywood with fans still flocking to these events to see the celebrities arrive and walk up the red carpet.

Each day, the courtyard is filled with movie character look-alikes realizing a moment of fame, with visitors handing over a few dollars to have their photo taken with their favorite Hollywood characters. A photo does cost a few dollars as the colorful cast of characters avoid the unpaid cameras as best they can.

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