Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Grauman's Chinese Theatre, also known as Mann's
Chinese Theatre, is a movie theater at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in
Hollywood. It is on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Chinese Theatre was commissioned following the
success of the nearby Grauman's Egyptian Theatre which opened in 1922.
Built over 18 months, from January 1926 by a partnership headed by Sid
Grauman, the theater opened May 18, 1927, with the premiere of Cecil B.
DeMille's film The King of Kings. It has since been home to many
premieres - including the 1977 launch of George Lucas's Star Wars -
birthday parties, corporate junkets and three Academy Awards ceremonies.
Among the theater's most distinctive features are the concrete blocks
set in the forecourt, which bear the signatures, footprints, and
handprints of popular motion picture personalities from the 1920s to the
Many older entries contain personal messages to Sid
Grauman, such as Myrna Loy's 1936 contribution. Loy's first job was as a
dancer at the theater in the 1920s.There are nearly 200 Hollywood
celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs in the concrete of the
Variations of this honored tradition are imprints of
the eye glasses of Harold Lloyd, the cigar of Groucho Marx, the magic
wands of Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert
Grint, the legs of Betty Grable, the fist of John Wayne, the knees of Al
Jolson, the ice skating blades of Sonja Henie, and the noses of Jimmy
Durante and Bob Hope.
Western stars William S. Hart and Roy Rogers left
imprints of their guns. The hoofprints of "Tony", the horse of Tom Mix,
"Champion", the horse of Gene Autry, and "Trigger", the horse of Rogers,
were left in the concrete beside the prints of the stars who rode them
in the movies.
The first person not associated with the movie
industry to have a signature and handprint in front of the theater is
Grauman's mother. On February 19, 2011, Los Angeles
Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant became the second person outside the movie
industry to be so honored when he had his handprints and footprints
embedded. Additionally, Charles Nelson, the winner of a "Talent Quest,"
had his handprints and footprints embedded in the "Forecourt of the