Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Grauman's Chinese Theatre at Hollywood Boulevard

Grauman's Chinese Theatre, a movie theater located at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood along the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame, was commissioned following the success of the nearby Grauman's Egyptian Theatre opened in 1922. Built over 18 months by a partnership led by Sid Grauman, the theater was inaugurated on May 18, 1927 with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's film The King of Kings. Since then Grauman's Chinese Theatre has been home to many premieres, birthday parties, corporate junkets and three Academy Awards ceremonies. Concrete blocks in the forecourt that bear the signatures, footprints, and handprints of popular motion picture personalities from the 1920s to the present day are one of the theater's most distinctive features.

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