Hollywood Travel Blog› entry 3 of 6 › view all entries
We got to Hollywood with some time to spare, so we drove up some hills, which offered us a great view of the Griffith Park Observatory.
The Chinese Theatre, known as "Grauman's Chinese Theatre" after Sid Grauman the original owner and manager, has been a movie theater since 1927, has held the Academy Awards twice, countless world premieres and is probably best known for all the handprints and footprints in cement that have been made by celebrities in its forecourt. It's my favorite place to see a movie, although the Egyptian theatre (down a few blocks on Hollywood Blvd. from the Chinese) probably has the best presentation in Hollywood (for the public anyway, this being Hollywood there are certainly some private halls for studio execs, producers & directors that would have to be flawless). But the Chinese has a rich history, a wonderful aesthetic, and just a certain aura about it, that makes it my favorite. Seeing a big sold-out event film here on opening night is quite an experience. But, an event film was not playing this evening (Rush Hour 3 was), it was still a pleasant movie going experience.