Grauman's Chinese Theatre
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- Grauman's Chinese TheatreMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 1Dec 09, 2013
What Hollywood adventure would be complete without stopping by Grauman's Chinese theatre?! People from all over the world come to admire the hand and footprints of some of the most celebrated celebrities and without doubt it certainly is an attraction that shouldn't be missed. I haven't had the chance to tour the inside of the buildling, so this review is based solely on the hands-feet experience.
The theatre had everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Michael Jackson to the entire Twilight cast! Though I was more excited to see the entire Harry Potter cast's cement plot. Their hands were so tiny, but you can tell that they've made it when they're plot is up front and center!
- Grauman's Chinese TheatreMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersAdventure TravelersNov 23, 2013
Really cool and historic theater in the heart of Hollywood. You can tour the theater for a few dollars or just stay outside and look at the handprints of famous people.
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- Grauman's Chinese TheatreMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3Aug 30, 2013
This is as touristy as touristy gets!
I liked the theatre for what it is a historical part of Hollywood.
What I didn't like was the cheese factor.
There are imitation Marilyn Monroes and Elvis Presley's everywhere along with any other character you can think of.
It was all too overwhelming.
- Grauman's Chinese TheatreJun 21, 2013
If you love old movie palaces, this is a one-of-a-kind treat. The theater opened in 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, and three Academy Awards ceremonies. Although designed by the Meyer & Holler architectural firm who designed the Egyptian Theater and El Capitan Theater earlier, this one is the masterpiece – if you only have time to see one movie palace, be sure it’s the Chinese Theater. See a movie or take the tour to see the breathtaking inside, but there is no admission to walk around and view the plaza in front – the spot where the most famous stars have left their foot- and hand-prints. See their web site (http://www.chinesetheatres.com/) for tickets and showtimes, and information about tours.
- Grauman's Chinese TheatreMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Feb 18, 2013
Its visual impact substantially emasculated by the Hollywood & Highland Center on one side and Madame Tussauds' celebrity wax displays on the other, Grauman's Chinese Theatre remains a major tourist attraction. It opened in 1927, unimpaired by confining neighbors, premiering Cecil B. DeMille's film, The King of Kings. Its famous forecourt contains movie star handprints and footprints impressed in cement. Four million tourists visit the site annually and unless you visit at 6:00 a.m. on a Monday morning, you will feel like all 4 million people are there with you.
The theater's lavish interior is worth seeing. Special tours are available through the Chinese Theatre but if a movie that interest you is playing, avoid the price of the tour. Instead, buy a ticket for the movie. The inside is plush and comfortable. Make sure the movie is playing in the Chinese Theatre - not in one of the other so-called Chinese theaters located within the Hollywood & Highland complex.
Amidst all the visitors entering the forecourt, numerous persons dressed in costumes depicting Superman, Marilyn Monroe, Batman and other well-known characters parade on the sidewalk. These impersonators are not hired by the theater nor are they licensed or regulated by the city. There is no fee that must be paid for having your picture taken with them. They make their money on hoped for tips.