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Rest in Peace, Sid Grauman…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 12th, 2012
Sep 12


Rest in Peace, Sid Grauman…



Chinese Theatre impresario Sid Grauman (left) with true Hollywood greats, Norma Shearer and Irving Thalberg


Late last night emergency personnel were called to Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale where loud noises, banging and crying were heard emanating from the Sanctuary of Benediction corridor of the Great Mausoleum.  After a brief investigation, workmen discovered the sounds were coming from the crypt of Sid Grauman, the builder of Hollywood’s Egyptian and Chinese Theatres. Evidently the great showman was turning over in his grave after the cast of the X-Factor–Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato, left their handprints in cement at the forecourt of the legendary Chinese Theater. This once honored Hollywood tradition, which in the past has been reserved for the greats of film history (need it be mentioned the film hits of Cowell, Spears, Reid & Lovato??), last night was finally put out of its misery. While choices in the recent past have been questionable, one can only wonder who is next–the Kardashians? Rest in peace, Sid Grauman.



The Godfather 40th Anniversary at the Chinese Theatre

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 6th, 2012
Sep 6


40th Anniversary Screening of “The Godfather” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre



Made for $6 Million, It’s Grossed $250 Million


“Here’s An Offer You Can’t Refuse:” 25 Cent Movie


Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

Monday, September 10, 2012



Come early to visit refurbished forecourt tablets of Duvall, Pacino, and More!




TICKETS can be had at: www.chinesetheatres.com



Hollywood, Calif. – Sept. 10, 2012–In a 40th Anniversary salute to a Hollywood classic, The Godfather, Grauman’s Chinese will screen the film at 8PM on Monday, September 10 for 25 cents a ticket.


Come early to visit refurbished forecourt tablets of Duvall, Pacino, and More!

(Forecourt event: 7PM, 25 cent ticket “THE GODFATHER” screening at 8PM)


The 25 cent screening is part of Grauman’s ongoing 85th anniversary celebration, when tickets cost a quarter.  


“It was clear, even when the movie opened in 1972, that Coppola had created a landmark in American cinema. It remains the high point of his career,” wrote The San Francisco Chronicle.


“What we couldn’t see then was how wide the film’s influence would spread. There’s barely a gangster movie, a family epic or a movie about Italian Americans that doesn’t inevitably use “The Godfather” as a frame of reference. It’s more than a standard-bearer for critics and filmmakers — it’s a monument.”



About the Chinese Theatres

Since 1927, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has been the home of the most important, star powered red carpet movie premieres and special events, where Hollywood’s biggest and brightest talents have come to watch their movies.  The most famous movie theatre on the globe is world-renowned for its unique forecourt of the stars, featuring cement hand and footprints of major movie stars, from Marilyn Monroe to Brad Pitt, and numerous stars from all eras of Hollywood.  In addition to being a major international tourist destination, The Chinese Theatre, and its six adjacent cinemas, the Chinese 6, are everyday working movie theatres, hosting millions of moviegoers year round.   



Grauman’s Chinese to celebrate 85th birthday

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 25th, 2012
Mar 25


Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to offer 25-cent admission to celebrate their 85th birthday




HOLLYWOOD, (KABC) – Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is planning to offer 25-cent admission on select days in honor of the theater’s 85th birthday.


On Mondays, starting April 2, admission to the theater will only cost a quarter. That’s the same as it was on opening day in 1927.


On those Mondays, Grauman’s will show classic films which premiered there over the past eight decades. Locals and visitors alike should come and celebrate!


Changes at Grauman’s Chinese?

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 29th, 2011
Dec 29


Grauman’s Chinese: Movie star prints’ futures not set in cement



Commemorating their movie hit “Gentlemen Prefer Blonds” in the favored Hollywood way, Marilyn Monroe, left, and Jane Russell plant their hands in a slab of freshly-poured cement in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. (Los Angeles Times)



Grauman’s Chinese Theatre’s new owners have increased cement print ceremonies, but some new squares may not be placed in the forecourt; old ones may be removed.


By Amy Kaufman
Los Angeles Times
December 29, 2011


Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is hallowed Hollywood tourist ground, the famed site where silver-screen stars such as Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra literally cemented their legends by making hand- and footprints in concrete. On a recent November morning, those movie icons were joined by three gigantic rodents: Alvin and the Chipmunks.


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Peter O’Toole at Grauman’s Chinese

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on May 5th, 2011
May 5


 Peter O’Toole leaves handprints at Grauman’s Chinese






Peter O’Toole was joined by family and friends as he placed his hands and feet in cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Introduced as ‘Peter the great’ by Robert Osbourne on behalf of the TCM Classic Film Festival, O’Toole was flanked by his son and daughter as he quipped “it’s been many years since I had an intimate relationship with cement…and that relationship turned out to be not a happy one.” He was joined by a host of stars including Anjelica Huston and Rose McGowan.


The 78 year-old actor is best known for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Becket, and more recently for his part in the TV show The Tudors. He’s been nominated for eight Academy Awards, but has never won an Oscar, making his the record holder for the most nods without a win. He was however bestowed with an honorary Academy Award in 2003, celebrating his body of work.



Missing footprints at Grauman’s Chinese

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 20th, 2011
Jan 20


Tracing lost steps of Grauman’s first footprints



Iconic Hollywood tradition began by accident, and original concrete slabs are now in airport hangar


By Tara Wallis-Finestone and Chuck Henry


It’s an iconic event known throughout the world. For the past 85 years, only the biggest stars in Hollywood have been immortalized with their hands and feet in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.


But NBCLA has discovered a critical piece of Hollywood history is missing from the theater’s famous forecourt.


The original footprints that started it all have been hidden for decades. In fact, not even the company that owns Grauman’s Theatre knew about these potentially priceless footprints.


“I was not aware that the ones we have in the forecourt are not the originals,” said Peter Dobson, CEO of Mann Theatres, the company that owns Grauman’s Chinese. “If they are missing and we just got the practice slabs in there, I’m devastated to know that.”


“I have no interest in giving them back to Grauman’s,” said Nick Olaerts, a former Hollywood developer who claims to own the slabs. “Decades ago, I had wanted to give them back to Grauman’s, a donation in the name of my children, but the theater’s owner at the time, Ted Mann, wasn’t interested in taking them back.”


Instead, Olaerts gave the slabs to his friend Larry Buchanan, an airplane mechanic who put them in storage at his airport hangar east of Los Angeles. Over the years, Buchanan and Olaerts have tried numerous times to sell the slabs, Buchanan even at one point put them on eBay.





Robert Duvall at Grauman’s Chinese

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 9th, 2011
Jan 9


Robert Duvall leaves his hand and footprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre forecourt





Robert Duvall celebrated his 80th birthday, and his 50 years in the movie business by becoming one of the names–and hands and feet–immortalized in the courtyard of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Duvall left his marks in the wet concrete block in front of a crowd of spectators.


Duvall, born in San Diego, is an army vet who once roomed with actor Dustin Hoffman while the two studied under legendary acting guru Sanford Meisner. His films include the original “True Grit,” “The Godfather,” “The French Connection,” “Apocalypse Now,” “A Civil Action,” and “The Apostle.”



Cher makes an impression at Grauman’s Chinese

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Nov 19th, 2010
Nov 19


Cher’s Hollywood footprint ceremony typically low-key, with a busload of Chilean miners and a turquoise G-string


 (Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images/Los Angeles Times)


 ( Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images/Los Angeles Times)


LOS ANGELES TIMES – In fishnets and high heels, with a dash of turquoise and an audience of unexpected heroes, Cher left her mark in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Thursday.


The singer and actress was back on Hollywood Boulevard after the Monday premiere of her latest film, “Burlesque,” which opens Nov. 24 and stars Christina Aguilera.


Cher’s mom, Georgia Holt, and son Chaz Bono were on hand as she cast her footprints and handprints in cement, then topped it all off with a healthy dose of gold glitter. Surprise guests included the 33 rescued Chilean miners, who cruised past atop a double-decker tourist bus while in town for the upcoming Thanksgiving special, “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.”


On the always interesting wardrobe front, an assistant’s tank top was called into emergency duty after the star realized the slip to her see-through dress was missing. But it was only a tank top, not a full slip, which is how we know her undies were turquoise.


Anything less just wouldn’t be Cher, would it?







‘Twilight: Eclipse’ rumored to premiere at Chinese Theater

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Apr 7th, 2010
Apr 7


‘Twilight: Eclipse’ will reportedly have its premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood




Its still a few months away before Eclipse will open but according to Seeing-Stars.com , the Twilight Saga: Eclipse, starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, will be having its premiere on June 24, 2010 at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. There is no official word yet from Summit Entertainment and this information has not listed at the theatre’s official site .






Robert Downey Jr. at Grauman’s Chinese

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 8th, 2009
Dec 8


Robert Downey, Jr. places hand and footprints at Grauman’s


Robert Downey Jr. at Grauman's



Actor Robert Downey Jr. places his hands in cement during a hand and footprints ceremony in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, on December 7, 2009. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)



Robert Downey Jr. at Grauman's



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