Grauman's Chinese Theatre

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6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA, USA
(323) 464-6266

Grauman's Chinese Theatre Hollywood Reviews

pennyroyalty pennyroy…
3 reviews
For Movie Lovers Mar 07, 2011
I love to go to Hollywood Blvd and visit Grauman's Chinese Theater. Place your hand into all handprints and then get a picture taken with one of the characters on the sidewalk. If you want to make it a whole vintage Hollywood night, have dinner at Mel's Diner. Yummy, All-American Food with healthy choices as well.
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jendara jendara
97 reviews
Chinese Theater Dec 05, 2010
Continuing my habit of writing a few lines about the featured destination of the day, today is Hollywood, and I'll write about the famous Chinese Theater, where the famous left traces of their hands and feet, and where I found my tracks as "Pepe".

If you do not know my nickname is Pepe!!!.

Anyway, whether or not my tracks, it's a nice walk in this beautiful place where you can breathe the atmosphere of the great films and cinema.

In Spanish:

Siguiendo con mi costumbre de escribir algunas líneas sobre el destino destacado del día, hoy que es Hollywood, escribiré sobre el famoso teatro chino, donde los famosos dejan las huellas de sus manos y pies, y donde encontré mis huellas como “Pepe”.

Si ustedes no lo saben mi apodo es Pepe, en realidad en español todos los "Jose" son "Pepe"!!!

De todos modos sean o no mis huellas, es un lindo paseo en este lindo lugar donde se respira el ambiente de las grandes películas y del mundo del cine.
Teatro Chino
Teatro Chino 1
Pepe 1
Teatro Chino 2
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jendara says:
Gracias por los comentarios:)
Respecto a la fecha te lo comento el proximo mes:))))
Posted on: Apr 30, 2011
wilfredoc2009 says:
no cacho: Dec 28-60??? what is?
Posted on: Apr 30, 2011
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festerwretch festerwr…
54 reviews
Aug 24, 2007
Grauman's Chinese Theatre (also known as Mann's Chinese Theatre from 1973-2001) is one of the most well known movie theaters in history. Opening in 1927 it has been the location for countless film premieres and even hosted the Academy Awards three times. However, it is probably best known for its forecourt in which hand and footprints (and other doodles, etc) of celebrities are contained in blocks of cement. The first celebrities to leave their mark were Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford back in 1927 (they were partial owners of the theater) and the most recent is Will Smith (as of December 2007).

I lived in North Hollywood from 1999-2004, and this location went through a tremendous renovation in 2001. I remember seeing a film there in December 2000 and having a horrible feeling as such a wonderfully historic location was exhibiting such a poor quality presentation. But by the time the first Harry Potter film premiered there in November 2001, a massive renovation had occurred and in my opinion placed the Chinese Theatre as one of the best locations to see a film. (note, I don't say "the best" but "one of the best").

The area near the Chinese also went through a renovation, now an outdoor mall known as "Hollywood & Highland" after the two cross roads that intersect near there, and the Kodak Theatre (which is now the permanent host of the Academy Awards) are located there. Other famous and historic cinemas in the vicinity worthy of your attention are The Egyptian and The El Capitan (yes indeed, two direct articles in a row in its name).

The design inside the auditorium is spectacular, and when the giant curtain opens and closes, it's a show in and of itself. I'm not sure if they do it anymore, but the curtain used to close at the end of the final trailer and open for the opening of the feature, simply out of showmanship.

It's not cheap for a ticket, but certainly not the most expensive either. Though I worked as a projectionist for a different theatre chain when I lived there, I still would see as many big "event films" here on opening weekend with a sold out crowd. With regard to watching films, there isn't much that can top the experience of watching a new movie with over 1000 others who are all into the experience.

If you are not into film, I would suggest stopping by just to see the footprints and the facade ... and all the goofy people who walk along Hollywood Blvd. dressed in costumes for the tourists. But if you are into film at all, The Chinese Theatre is a must at least once in your life. Even if it's a crappy movie on a slow week day, check it out, but if you can watch an event film, say on a sold out Friday night on opening weekend ... it's an experience!
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wongjst wongjst
40 reviews
Jul 05, 2007
Almost more than 200 Hollywood celebrity handprints and footprints were placed along the Hollywood Boulevard, and the most were contrated at the Grauman's Chinese Theater.
Eric Eric
408 reviews
Touristy Jan 09, 2006
Even though I grew up in LA, this is the first time I visited Mann's Chinese Theater. I thought it would be a huge tourist trap, but it was actually an interesting experience. A lot of famous movie stars have their hands and signatures imprinted into the cement blocks in front of the theater and it's fun to walk around and look for your favorite actors and actresses. Attached to the movie theater is a gigantic, gaudy shopping complex where you can grab some expensive clothes or quick bite to eat.
Outside the main entrance.
Gaudy gate to the shopping center.
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nik2blessed says:
Not from LA, but CAlI and I have yet to will though thanks for sharing!
Posted on: Jul 28, 2011
gemini59 says:
I looked for your hand and signature imprints but didn't find it :P
Posted on: Apr 10, 2009
kchong says:
kevin's obviously too high class for even the likes of brangelina
Posted on: Jan 14, 2006
Africancrab Africanc…
773 reviews
Hollywood Icon Oct 23, 2004
This is where all Hollywood theater films produced debuted up until 1960. Opened in 1927, it was the most impressive and grand theater of its kind. Its name was changed to Mann's Chinese Theater but returned to it's original name in 2002.

If there is something you must see while in Hollywood, it is this theater, it's opulent Asian style facade grabs you as you cross the street or approach from the sidewalks.

The concrete blocks that hold over two hundred famed stars from as early as the 1920s is one of its main exterior features. Back when it was opened it premiered Cecile B. DeMille's "The King of Kings". Other prominent features is the forecourt of the stars; the hand prints and footprints. Eddie Murphy was my pick, and I found myself laughing thinking back to his movie 'Coming to America'.

PS: Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today!
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