Sunday, April 12, 2009
Hollywood, California: Mann's Chinese Theater
Grauman's Chinese Theater opened in 1927, designed as a showplace for the film industry. It worked. The facility quickly became "the" place for premieres, in part because Sid Grauman had such partners as Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
The reason why millions come here each year is that many old-time movie stars left autographs in the cement. (You might remember them from the closing scene of "Blazing Saddles.") It's called both Mann's Theater (current owner) and Grauman's, but either way it's very interesting.