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by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
October 21, 2009
From journal A Little Wander around Hollywood at Christmas...
August 1, 2007
From journal L.A. for Beginners
April 18, 2007
Grauman's Chinese Theatre was built in 1927 by a partnership led by Sid Grauman. There have been countless movie premieres held here, and perhaps the most famous events held here are the imprints of the hands and feet of Hollywood's biggest stars. I would recommend the guided tour. You get a tour guide as well as headphones. You will get more detailed facts and information about the theater and the stars who have left their signatures and hand/foot prints there over the years. It is priced fairly reasonably, and will be well worth it.
Next to Grauman's Chinese Theatre is the Kodak Theatre where the Academy Awards are held. There are also live concerts held here throughout the year. So try and check out the theatre schedule to see if any concerts will be going on while you are there.
On top of the Chinese Theatre there are several eateries, which are all very delicious and also reasonably priced. I especially recommend the Mongolian Grill. Also from atop the Chinese Theatre you can view Hollywood Blvd. from above and see it from a different view. This was a very fun place to go. A definite must-see if you are in L.A. for even just a day!
From journal A Day in L.A.
San Francisco, California
August 6, 2006
Outside of Manns Chinese Theatre you can see all the footprints and handprints of the famous stars. This can be kind of crowded, especially if you go during prime tourist season or prime tourist time. It was a little crowded for us and we had to wait a little while to get our pictures taken with Marilyn Monroe's handprints. The more popular the star, the more tourists taking pictures—that is to be expected. It is nice that you do not have to pay to try out the handprints and take the pictures and see if you fit in with the stars prints. They even have Lassie's pawprints there—which was really fun.
You can also pay extra to tour the theatre. This is kind of cool because you get to walk around inside and see the historical stuff and the movie memorabilia. There was also a sort of art gallery type thing inside but that wasn't that great.
They also have movies and movie premieres there and the seats are very comfortable if you can get into a movie or a premiere. You also can maybe see movie stars, or so I have heard, although we did not see any movie stars on the day we were there.
I definitely recommend a visit. You should at least try out the handprints and footprints. Try to go later in the day so it will not be as crowded, or if you get to visit LA in the off-seasons (whenever they are—maybe in the summer when it is much hotter and less comfortable there). I don't know if I would spend the money for the tour of inside, unless you are really into the old movie stuff or seeing a movie, or want to imagine you are a movie star going to a fancy premiere.
From journal Los Angeles Vacation
May 3, 2006
From journal Summer Vacation to Southern California
by wanderer 2005
August 4, 2005
Hollywood’s elite are immortalized in the theater's courtyard called the forecourt. The first two movie stars to imprint their feet and signatures, where Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks back in 1927, before the theater even opened. Since then, anybody who’s anybody, gets to add their own feet and signatures to the courtyard. This is a very busy spot on Hollywood Blvd. If you go to www.manntheatres.com/chinese, you can see a map of the forecourt to help you locate your favorite stars’ footprints.
Grauman’s is one of the most sought-after theaters for movie premiers and is still very much a part of the Hollywood community.
There are VIP tours of the inside and the history, but there is a price for the tour. It’s a really nice way to see the inside of this legendary place.
TOURIST ALERT: The costumed actors you see walking around outside the theater and across the street, dressed like Michael Jackson, Batman, Mickey Mouse, Spiderman, etc., are not employed by the theater. If you want to take a picture with Darth Vader or Wonder Woman, you’ll be required to hand over some cash. Don’t waste your money. These people are just panhandlers with no jobs. Don’t get sucked into their web. Just an FYI.
Go to http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9813043/ and read a story about some of those costumed impersonators getting arrested.
From journal Movie Stars and Rock Stars
March 6, 2001
From journal In and around L.A.
Orange County, California
February 26, 2001
What can I say? The minute I got in front of the theater, I had to do it, check out the hand and footprints of every movie star I recognized. My only complaint is that I didn't want to stop. I was bummed when I'd exhausted the footprint supply. I wanted to stay and play some more while putting down the shrimpy movie stars.
It was the first thing I noticed, that movie stars are a tiny lot. Or, at least, their feet are. I realized, finally, after finding a large enough print to compare with my feet, that a footprint in cement makes a size 7-8 foot look like a size 5-6 foot. Nonetheless, most of these women had like size 2 feet, especially those casting the earliest prints, and the men weren't much better. I pictured the women being four feet tall and the guys reaching, maybe, five feet two.
Anyway, this is a definite tourist must and fun even for those who have already been there done that but are just waiting for the movie to start across the street.
From journal An Evening in Hollywood