Perhaps second only to the Hollywood sign, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is one of the most iconic spots in Hollywood, California. Oddly enough, it has a strange naming history. It was built in 1926 following the success of the nearby Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre. I suppose the Egyptian theme was so popular that they felt the need for a Chinese themed theatre down the street. In 1973, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre became Mann’s Chinese Theatre and then reverted back to the Grauman’s name in 2001. In 2013 they sold the naming rights to TCL Corporation and so the official name is now TCL Chinese Theatre but no one really calls it by that name. Interestingly enough, the Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre is now a cinematic museum, while the Chinese Theatre is still a working theatre and is where many movie premieres are still held.
Of course, when visiting Grauman’s most of the action is right outside where folks look at the handprints of many of Hollywood’s most famous and talented performers. I was lucky enough to visit earlier this year and took some pictures of some of my favorite Hollywood handprints. I didn’t schedule myself the time to actually watch a movie there, but I think I will plan to do so the next time I am in Los Angeles. I hope you enjoy the pictures and get a chance to visit yourself.