Grauman's Chinese Theatre

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Photograph: Courtesy Office of Historic Resources
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It's still a great place to catch a movie, but most people come to the Chinese Theatre for the hand and/or foot imprints of around 200 Hollywood stars. As legend has it, Norma Talmadge accidentally stepped into the wet cement outside the new building during construction; in response, theater owner Sid Grauman fetched Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks to repeat the "mistake" with their feet and hands, beginning the tradition. The courtyard is usually choked with snap-happy tourists measuring their own extremities against the likes of John Wayne and Judy Garland; it's just a pity that its appeal is tempered by the tour hawkers and the ticket agents who clutter the courtyard.

Venue name: Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Contact:
Address: 6925 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood

Opening hours: Daily 10-1am

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Michael J
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Everything about the surrounding location is awful—the people putting their hands in the cement molds, the congestion on the Walk of Fame, the general grime of Hollywood—but boy is this theater fantastic. Everybody's seen the Chinese Theatre in movies and on TV, so there's something kind of amazing about the fact that you can see a movie here. The architecture inside is beautiful and the projection and screen quality are by far the best in all of LA. If you're going to see something in IMAX, see it here—any place else just won't do.

Yosola M

I went for the Blended Premier two week ago... it's totally renovated! I'm really impress with the whole theather... Of course if you go just outside for that magical place, you gonna love the history and all...