When the movie King of Kings premiered in 1927, it was a new theater that hosted the premier. That theater was Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
Sid Grauman, the builder of other famous L.A. sites such as the Egyptian Theater and the Million Dollar Theater, wanted to build his dream location. With help from a real estate mogul, he bought a piece of property down the street from the Egyptian, paving the way for one of the busiest tourist spots in the U.S.
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.