Friday, January 28, 2011

Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood California

Greetings from a World Premier at
Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Hollywood California

The Chinese Theatre has been the scene of many gala world premieres.  Thousands of cheering fans line the streets and gather outside the theatre, to enthusiastically greet the hundreds of ilustrious stars and celebrities that attend.

color photo by William M. Graham
The King and I was released in 1956

unused, but has writing on the back:
Here is Hollywood and one of its famous spots.  A vacation out here would be much nicer than in Florida I think!! - Merlin
(As a Floridian, I would have to disagree  :)

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Grauman's Chinese Theatre is a movie theater located in Hollywood, California.  Built over 18 months, beginning in 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, birthday parties, corporate junkets and three Academy Awards ceremonies.

Among the theater's most distinctive features are the nearly 200 concrete blocks set in the forecourt, which bear the signatures, footprints, and handprints of popular motion picture personalities from the 1920s to the present day.

Variations of this honored tradition are imprints of the eye glasses of Harold Lloyd, the cigars of Groucho Marx and George Burns, 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 Roy Rogers, were left in the concrete beside the prints of the stars who rode them in the movies.
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Here is a postcard of the theatre during the day from 1949 ....

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