We walked around the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theater and took pictures of the handprints and foot prints. Of course, I wanted to know more about the famous theater so I had to find out about it.
I included John's Wayn's foot prints here which I put in a layout previously. 61 doesn't seem that old, but sometimes my brain gets a little wierd.
Anyway, heres the information:
The grand opening of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on May 18, 1927, was the most spectacular theater opening in motion picture history. Thousands of people lined Hollywood Boulevard and a riot broke out as fans tried to catch a glimpse of the movie stars and other celebrities as they arrived for the opening. The film being premiered that night was Cecil B. DeMille's “The King of Kings,” which was preceded by "Glories of the Scriptures". A Wurlitzer organ and 65-piece orchestra provided music for the prologue.
It has since been home to many premieres - including the 1977 launch of George Lucas' science fiction blockbuster Star Wars. Among the theater's most distinctive features are the concrete blocks set in the forecourt, which bear the signatures, footprints, and handprints of popular motion picture personalities from the 1920s to the present day.
Variations of this honored tradition are imprints of the eye glasses of Harold Lloyd, the cigars of Groucho Marx and George Burns, the magic wands of Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, the legs of Betty Grable, the fist of John Wayne, the knees of Al Jolson, the ice skating blades of Sonja Henie, and the noses of Jimmy Durante and Bob Hope.
Western stars William S. Hart and Roy Rogers left imprints of their guns. The hoofprints of "Tony", the horse of Tom Mix, "Champion", the horse of Gene Autry, and "Trigger", the horse of Rogers, were left in the concrete beside the prints of the stars who rode them in the movies.
The first time I became aware of Grauman's Chinese Theater was when I was in Jr. High School and it was summer vacation. My best friend, Paula, lived down the street and we usually watched tv at her house while her parents were at work. They had a window air conditioner (we didn't) so her house was more popular.
We loved to watch “I Love Lucy,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing” and “General Hospital,” preceeded, if we were in front of the tv early enough, by an old black and white movie that started in the morning.
One season of “I Love Lucy” was based around the storyline that took the Ricardo's to Hollywood along with Fred and Ethel. Ricky was working on a part in a movie and Lucy and Ethel were busy stalking Hollywood movie stars. In one episode in particular Lucy and Ethel visited Graumann's Chinese theater and discovered that John's Wayne's prints (set in concrete) were loose so they stole them. After Ricky worked out a deal where they wouldn't be punished if the Lucy and Ethel returned the the slab of concrete, they accidentally broke the concrete trying to take it back to Graumann's. This episode of “I Love Lucy” (in which John Wayne appeared) became a classic and one of the most remembered and best loved. That was my introduction to Grauman's Chinese Theater