The facade of the Chinese Theater.
The Grauman’s Chinese Theater (also known as Mann’s Chinese Theater between 1973 and 2001), is a famous theater located at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. The restaurant opened in 1927 and since then has been one of the most recognizable landmarks and visited Southern California.
It was built by actor Sid Grauman third owner of the premises, which also owned the interpreters also Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Howard Schenck. Also Grauman built the Million Dollar Theater in Los Angeles. The main architect was Raymond M. Chinese Theater Kennedy, of the firm Meyer and Holler.
The building resembles a huge red Chinese pagoda. The facade is represented a huge Chinese dragon, two fu dogs guarding the main entrance and there are many silhouettes of tiny dragons on the sides of the copper roof.
The theater was inaugurated on 18 May 1927 with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille “King of kings.”
Sid Grauman sold his share to the producer William Fox in 1929 but remained as director of the theater until his death in 1950. In 1968 he was declared a historical and cultural building, and has since undergone several restoration projects. The theater was purchased in 1973 by Ted Mann, owner of the Mann Theaters chain and husband of actress Rhonda Fleming, who change the name of the theater for “Mann’s Chinese Theater”. On 9 November 2001, the theater’s original name returned to the building’s facade.
Outside the building, are impressed footprints and hands of many artists he pays tribute in this way. Among them, the actors like Clark Gable, Rita Hayworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe. In total, more than 200 footprints imprinted on the concrete. Although the most common has always been to leave the footprints and hands, there have been people who have left other traces: Harold Lloyd left imprinted in the footsteps of his glasses, Groucho Marx and George Burns, left imprints of their pure , Betty Grable, immortalize their legs John Wayne, his fist, Al Jolson, knees, Sonja Henie, the blades of his skates, and the nose of Jimmy Durante and Bob Hope. The western stars William S. Hart and Roy Rogers left imprinted in the footsteps of their weapons. And there always have been people that have left their mark printed, the horse of Tom Mix ( “Tony”), Gene Autry ( “Champion”) and Roy Rogers ( “Trigger”) left imprints of their hooves on the side of the stars being put.
The only person not related to the film world that has left its footprints in cement outside the theater has been the mother of Grauman.
Currently, the Grauman’s Chinese Theater continuous operation, with facilities renovated and improved. Many premieres of films are made at the Chinese Theater, and they often turn many celebrities.
The theater hosted the Ceremony of the Academy Awards on three occasions between 1944 and 1946 and is adjacent the Kodak Theater, home of the current awards.